What the Bible has to say about man. The Gospel


Man was created sinless, innocent, and good.

Gen. 1:27- 2:25

Adam and Eve were created in the image of God as sinless beings. In God’s moral and natural likeness, He created them. As a result, mankind was special and unique in creation.

Gen 1:26-27

26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

27 So God created man in his own image,Creation of Man - Detail

in the image of God he created him;

male and female he created them.

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Since God is morally perfect and he created man in His image, it is safe to say that man was created morally perfect. He had none of the moral defects that we posses today.

Man was created also in the natural likeness of God; in other words, Man has personality, intellect, selfhood, a free will, and creative abilities- all of the things that separate us from the animals.

At the end of the sixth day, God pronounced all of His creation (including man) as good.

Gen 1:31

31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning — the sixth day.

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(Note: When speaking of the image of God we are talking about His moral image and natural image. In no way do we want to perpetuate the heresy of Mormonism that states man was created in the physical image of God. Wherever the Scriptures use physical images to describe God such as His right arm, feathers, or wings, it is using anthropomorphisms. That is using familiar images in order to describe the indescribable.) This is a quote from “Bible Doctrines a Pentecostal Perspective.”

 As a result of being God’s special and unique creation, man was given dominion over the earth.

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