Understanding God’s Work of Creation Pt 2

Did God create human beings with a soul inside them?

Genesis 2:7, King James Version And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.

A human being is a soul; he does not have a soul residing inside him. The Hebrew word translated “soul” is nephesh, which refers to any air-breathing creature. It is translated “creature” in Genesis 1:24; 2:19; 9:10, 12, 15 and 16. Notice that in the New King James Version of Genesis 2:7, it is translated “being.”

The idea of an immortal soul inside each person is not biblical, but is actually of pagan origin. A soul is mortal—it can die and does die (Ezekiel 18:4). Not until the resurrection will we have immortality (1 Corinthians 15:52-54).

Why did God make Eve from one of Adam’s ribs?

Genesis 2:21-24 And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place.  Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. And Adam 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.” Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.

God made Eve from Adam’s side so they would think of their marriage as being united as “one flesh” and strive for marital unity, harmony and love (Genesis 2:23-24). And God intended for marital relations to enhance and strengthen that oneness (1 Corinthians 6:16; 7:1-5).

What is meant by God creating man “in His own image”?

Genesis 1:26-27 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”  So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

“Likeness” and “image” literally mean resemblance. However, greater meanings are implied, since man was made to be far superior to all other creatures, having Godlike qualities, even being able to have “dominion,” or rule, over all other creatures.

As we progress through the Bible, we learn more and more about humanity’s awesome potential and purpose. In the New Testament, we learn that God’s purpose for us is to be conformed to the spiritual character image of Jesus Christ (Romans 8:29; 1 Corinthians 15:49).

 

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