About Man - Anthropology

Man holds a special place in creation, not because he has intrinsic worth and value of his own, but because he was created for a purpose and he was created in the image of God.

We believe that the first man, Adam, and the first woman, Eve, were created by God supernaturally and directly. The entire human race has descended from Adam and Eve by procreation. Adam and Eve were created with a holy nature, but not a confirmed holy character. They were created in the image and likeness of God. This involves three areas. One is that man is capable of having relationships with others - with God and with fellow humans. Another is that he is to be a physical representative, ambassador, for God on Earth. The final area is that man has a substantive likeness to God - personality, spirituality, and morality. All of these aspects--relationships, man's imaging of God, and his likeness of God--have been distorted by the Fall. Man has a physical and spiritual part, material and immaterial. He also has a conscience that passes judgment on his own deeds in reference to an internal moral standard. Man has a free will, within certain parameters, and is responsible for the decisions he makes.