We believe that God created man in his image on the sixth day of creation (Genesis 1:26-28). Adam was created directly and immediately by God out of the dust of the ground, and God breathed into him the breath of life (Genesis 2:6). Eve was created directly and immediately by God from a rib taken from Adam’s side (Genesis 2:21-23).
We believe that man is the pinnacle of God’s creation (Matthew 10:30-31). Man alone is made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27). This means that people by very nature reflect his likeness. God’s image is seen in man’s intellect (Genesis 2:15, 19-20), morality (Genesis 2:17; Colossians 3:10), ability to relate to God (Genesis 3:8) and rule over creation (Genesis 1:26-28).
We do not believe that man completely lost God’s image in the fall (Genesis 9:6; James 3:9), but that his image has been distorted. God’s image is, in part, restored in regeneration when man is made alive in Christ. (2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 2:1-7). This is continued through transformation by God’s Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:18; Colossians 3:10), and completed when he is ushered into the presence of Christ (1 John 3:2) at glorification.
We believe that God made man and woman sinless but with the capacity to do good or to do evil (Genesis 2:16-17). God created mankind for the purpose of bringing Him glory (Colossians 1:16). We believe that Satan (“that old serpent” Revelation 12:9) tempted Eve through deceit (Genesis 3:1-5; 2 Corinthians 11:3), casting doubt on God’s word and God’s goodness. Eve ate the fruit because she was deceived, however, Adam ate knowingly (1 Timothy 2:14). As a result of Adam’s sin, all men are sinners by nature from conception (Romans 3:10; 3:23; Ephesians 2:3; Romans 5:12; Psalm 51:5); and death has passed to all mankind (Romans 5:12). We believe the result of the fall was immediate and far-reaching. There was spiritual death (Ephesians 2:1; Romans 6:23), shame (Genesis 3:7), and rebellion (Genesis 3:8). The serpent was cursed (Genesis 3:14-15), the woman was cursed (Genesis 3:16), the man was cursed (Genesis 3:17-19), and the creation was cursed (Romans 8: 20-22). All mankind is under the curse (Romans 5:12). However, when man is regenerated by the Spirit, he is freed from the bondage of sin (Romans 6:17-18) and will be freed from the curse physically at glorification (Romans 8:23).