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).

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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 point that, as a conscious act of God, humanity’s creation had a purpose behind it. Scripture has no room for any idea of chance. We were made with a distinct purpose, and we were given a distinct nature and essence right from the start.

Made “in the image of God” is about as concrete and distinct an essence, a purpose, as could be imagined. This point is important because some thinkers have argued that humans have to create their own meaning, their own purpose, because we come without any meaning or purpose inherent in us. If, for instance, evolution were true, one could make the point that-because evolution teaches that we didn’t come with any purposes (how could we, being accidents, and all?)- we have to make up our own. In contrast, according to the Bible, we were prepackaged, made in the image of God and created to bring glory to Him.

Origins deal with history. Read Jude 14Romans 5:12-21, and 1 Corinthians 15:20-22. How do these texts help us to understand the historicity of Adam in Genesis 1,2? Why is it important to understand Adam as a historical person?

It’s amazing how many Bible scholars dismiss the historicity of Adam: he’s a myth, they say, a symbol for humanity but not a real person. One can hold those beliefs only through greatly distorting the texts themselves, both in the Old and New Testaments.

Dwell on the fact that you were made in the image of God. What should that tell you about your own inherent self-worth, regardless of your faults, weaknesses, and shortcomings?

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Sunday: Creation and Human Origins — 9 Comments

  1. Christ is our only hope for salvation. His love is beyond comprehension. And faith makes everything a reality. All is gain for us if we follow. Need we doubt or look back? But as for me and my family, we are for The Lord.

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  2. What other hope do we have but to believe and trust that the Bible is the Truth and not some fairy tale or myth. Our faith and the fruits of that faith are indisputable in our hearts. Our mission is to convince others...the alternative offers no hope of eternal life, only death. What do we have to lose in believing and trusting as opposed to not? Nothing. We have everything to gain!

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  3. Since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. I need no other evidence, I need no other plea it is enough that Jesus died and yet he died for me. But as for me and my family, we are for The Lord.

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  4. I think the Bible is our manual and it is clear that God takes time and creates a Man, therefore we are made to serve Him not to compete with Him. in Gen. 1:27 God is always the subject of an adjective. In its standard form creation is therefore a divine capacity. Man distinct from the rest of creation. The Divine Triune Counsel determined that Man was to have God's image and likeness. Man is a spiritual being who is not only body, but also a soul and spirit. let no man deceive you with some faulty history.

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  5. We were made in the wonderful image of the living God though the image was defiled by sin. But God is aiming at receiving us and making us his again through acceptance of Jesus' death our lord and Savior.

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