Further Study: Man: God’s Handiwork
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Read Ellen G. White, “The Creation,” pp. 44-51, in Patriarchs and Prophets. “In the beginning, man was created in the image of God. He was in perfect harmony with the nature and the law of God; the principles of righteousness were written upon his heart. But sin alienated him from his Maker. He no longer reflected the … [Click to read more …]

Thursday: Restoration
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As deep and pervasive as the effects of sin have been on humanity, our plight is not irreversible. The Bible speaks about the possibility of renewal and restoration of the image of God in us, at least to some degree. Study the following passages carefully: Rom. 8:29; 2 Cor. 3:18; Eph. 4:23-24. What hope is presented? The Bible clearly holds … [Click to read more …]

Wednesday: A Defiled Image
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One of the many great obstacles for those who read evolution into the biblical creation account is the Fall. In the Bible, the world and humanity were perfect when created, a teaching that contradicts evolution at the most basic level. Only through transgression did suffering and death enter the world, a concept that’s contrary to … [Click to read more …]

Tuesday: The Image of God: Part 2
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Whatever else it means to be “made in the image of God,” it also shows that we were made to be in relationships. What are those relationships, and how should we, made as we are, act in them? Read Genesis 2:19-20. What does that tell us right away about humanity’s relationship to the world? Notice the autonomy, … [Click to read more …]

Monday: The Image of God: Part 1
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As we saw yesterday, Adam and, of course, Eve were literal people, not symbols or myths but actual flesh and blood beings made “in the image of God.” Obviously, being made in the image of God is something good, something sacred, something that bestows inherent value on us. What, however, does that really mean? Read Genesis … [Click to read more …]

Sunday: Creation and Human Origins
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“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them” (Gen. 1:27). What does this text tell us about our origins that is so radically different, even openly contradictory, from other views of human beginnings, such as evolution? It is impossible to miss the … [Click to read more …]

Sabbath: Man: God’s Handiwork
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Read for This Week’s Study: Gen 1:27; 1:26; Mark 12:13-17; Gen. 2:19-25; Acts 17:26; Rom. 5:12-19. Memory Text: “Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves” (Psalm 100:3). Key Thought: God created humanity in His own image; sin defiled that image. God’s plan is to restore that image in us. A nineteenth-century … [Click to read more …]