- How was man originally created?
God formed man by the dust of the ground and breathed into him the breath of life.
35. Was man created good?
Man was created very good, he bore the image of God.
(Genesis 1:27, Genesis 1:31)
- What does it mean that man was created in the image of God?
God’s image in man was manifest in a righteous and holy character; a relational, reasonable and volitional constitution; and in the authority which was bestowed on man in his innocence to rule the earth as God’s representative.
- What is the primary purpose of man?
The primary purpose of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.
(1 Corinthians 10:31, Psalm 63:5-6)
- Did man remain good?
The first man, Adam, became a rebel by transgressing God’s command, and for this reason was cast out of God’s presence and sentenced to death.
- Did the first man’s transgression affect his offspring?
Through the transgression of Adam, sin, separation from God and death entered the world and spread to all men.
- What is sin?
Sin is rebellion against God in general and transgression against His commands in particular.
(Romans 8:7-8, 1 John 3:4)
- Do all people commit sin?
Except for Christ, all people have not only sinned against God, but have become slaves to sin.
(Romans 3:23, John 8:34-36)
- If all men are slaves to sin, why does God hold them responsible for their sin?
Men are willful slaves to sin, they cannot obey God only because they do not want to obey God; they are self-centered and hostile to God, to His truth and to His ways.
(James 1:14-15, Romans 8:7-8)
- How will God punish sinful men?
God, in His holy wrath, will cast all unredeemed people away from His presence to a place of eternal punishment called hell.
(Matthew 25:46, 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9)