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|NASB||Genesis 5:3 ¶ When Adam had lived one hundred and thirty years, he became the father of a son in his own likeness, according to his image, and named him Seth.|
|Genesis 5:3 ¶ When Adam had lived a hundred and thirty years, he became the father of a son in his own likeness, according to his image, and named him Seth.|
|Bible Question (short): Are all men created in God's image?|
Question (full): We know that God created Adam and Eve. Genesis makes this clear. As Christians, we believe that all human life is sacred. However, is there any Biblical substantiation that the rest of humanity (other than Adam and Eve) are created by God?
Adam was created in God's image. What this means is muchly debated and I would prefer not to try to resolve that particular question in this thread. But the referenced verse makes it clear that Seth was born, not created, in Adam's image. By this point in time Adam had, as the father of the human race, sinned and was spiritually dead to God. This attribute Paul explains in the NT as being 'born dead in trespasses and sins' and this 'flaw' was passed down to all of us. So, was Seth in the image of God the same way that his father was when Adam was created? Or was he a product of his mother and father's union without God's creative intervention? Did God actually finish His creative work on the first sabbath or is He still creating humans?
The reason that I ask this is because it is frequently quoted that 'all men are created in the image of God.' Does scripture actually support this view? Adam and Eve were, but does that mean that all the rest of humanity is still, even in our fallen state, 'in the image' of God?
Please note, I believe that all life originated
with God, but is our view of the sanctity of human life based on a correct scriptural premise? As always, please use scripture to support your answer.