God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. – Genesis 1:27
God created and breathed life into mankind, first through Adam and Eve, in the perfect Garden of Eden. Man is a created being, not the creator. We were created out of the dust of the ground.
Therefore, we are the property and possession of the Lord; we are not our own. He owns us; all of us. Many will refuse to accept that fact and therefore deny the Lord; please do not make that same mistake. It is only pride which leads man to take that position; and pride leads to death. The Lord is the potter, we are just the clay vessels. Thankfully, we serve a God of love, who is love.
God sustains all life everywhere; without God, there is no life. All other ways lead to (eternal) death. He jealously guards us, and this is why we are told to seek Him with “all our heart, all our minds, and all our soul.”
You will read in the Bible that God is a “jealous” God; that confused me greatly at first because I’ve only know jealousy as destructive negative human emotion. But that phrase actually means that God has zealous, burning and passionate love for us; He desires that we seek only Him, not the things of man or this world, nor worship idols made of gold, silver, bronze, stone or wood, for it is only He who provides life.
We are created with an eternal (immortal) spirit in the likeness of God. Some think of this as our soul, but for the purpose of this book they can be considered the same. Contrary to popular opinion and false teachings, you do not pass away into “nothingness” (annihilation) after death! Everyone who has ever lived will be resurrected in immortal bodies!
While your earthly body will die, your soul will live on forever.
But first, please keep reading to understand more about God, humanity and sin!
False Teaching(s) You Will Encounter:
- The “Theory” of Evolution (man evolved, not created)
- “Annihilation” after death (we go into nothingness)
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. – Genesis 1:26-27
Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. – Genesis 2:7
Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them; and whatever the man called a living creature, that was its name. The man gave names to all the cattle, and to the birds of the sky, and to every beast of the field, but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him. So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and he slept; then He took one of his ribs and closed up the flesh at that place. The Lord God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. The man said, “This is now bone of my bones, And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.” For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. – Genesis 2:18-24
O Lord, our Lord,
How majestic is Your name in all the earth,
Who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens!
From the mouth of infants and nursing babes You have established strength
Because of Your adversaries,
To make the enemy and the revengeful cease.
When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
The moon and the stars, which You have ordained;
What is man that You take thought of him,
And the son of man that You care for him?
Yet You have made him a little lower than God,
And You crown him with glory and majesty!
You make him to rule over the works of Your hands;
You have put all things under his feet,
All sheep and oxen,
And also the beasts of the field,
The birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea,
Whatever passes through the paths of the seas.
O Lord, our Lord,
How majestic is Your name in all the earth! – Psalm 8
Thus declares the Lord who stretches out the heavens, lays the foundation of the earth, and forms the spirit of man within him. – Zechariah 12:1
For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;
Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them. – Psalm 139:13-16