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Man is made in God's image; He has dominion over the animals; he is made male and female. There are many important implications in those truths, and this Bible class explores those implications.

Man is made in God's image; He has dominion over the animals; he is made male and female. There are many important implications in those truths, and this Bible class explores those implications.

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  • 1. • If we are going to discuss characters from the Old Testament, I believe it’s important that we start at “the beginning.” • Adam and Eve can teach us many important lessons. • Tonight, we want to look at Adam and Eve that we might learn those important lessons.
  • 2. MAN IS MADE IN GOD’S IMAGE Genesis 1:26-27
  • 3. • There are several important implications in these two short verses. • Man bears the image of God. • In biblical studies, this is often known by the Latin phrase Imago Dei. • Man has dominion over animals. • Man was made male and female.
  • 4. • Man bears the image of God. • What is “the image of God”? • There are seven main views of what God’s image means: • One: Some believe that this means that man’s physical features are a copy of God’s physical features (cf. Gen 5:3). • Two: Some say that this means that man’s upright posture (which distinguishes him from the rest of the animal kingdom) is a reflection of God’s upright posture. • Three: Some believe this means that man has dominion over the animals.
  • 5. • Man bears the image of God. • What is “the image of God”? • There are seven main views of what God’s image means: • Four: Some of the early Christians said that the divine image was something God originally gave man, but that the divine image was lost in the Fall (Gen 9:6). • Five: Many say that this means that God gave man spiritual qualities like His own (e.g., the ability to think on a very high level, the power to communicate meaningfully, the ability to look beyond oneself to higher goals, and the propensity to examine one’s own motives and actions).
  • 6. • Man bears the image of God. • What is “the image of God”? • There are seven main views of what God’s image means: • Six: Man’s being made in God’s image sets him apart from every other creature; this would speak of the need for humans to treat one another with dignity and respect. • Seven: The fact that man is made “in the image of God” means that man is not God. • Man has a likeness of God; he is like God in many respects. • However, he must remember that he himself is not God.
  • 7. • Many of these ideas can be rejected out of hand. • God has no physical appearance or posture; therefore, the “God likeness” cannot refer to that. • It seems that man has dominion over the animals because he bears God’s image; therefore, the image of God does not seem to be equal to the dominion over animals. • Since God after the Flood that man bears the image of God (Gen 9:6), the divine image was not lost at the Fall.
  • 8. • The other three ideas do seem to fit the idea of God’s image. • I personally believe that the Imago Dei does say something about our spiritual nature. • Man is creative; God is the Creator. • Man has a spirit; God is Spirit. • Man (from his conception) is eternal; God is eternal.
  • 9. • Without any doubt, man’s bearing God’s image speaks about the dignity with which man needs to treat his fellow man. • John Locke believed that the image of God meant that men are equal and that governments could only govern with the consent of the governed. • Both ideas found themselves into the Declaration of Independence. • “All men are created equal, ... they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights ...”
  • 10. • What are some of the major ways that humans are denied dignity today? • What are some of the ways that Jesus demonstrated human dignity? • How can the church communicate human dignity?
  • 11. • What are some ways that man tries to make himself God? • How can we remember that we are merely the creature and not God?
  • 12. • God placed man over the animals. • One thing this demonstrates is that man is the apex of creation. • Man is a created being; he did not evolve, but he was created. • Man is the “crowning glory” of God’s creation. • Man is over the animals. • What are the implications of this? • How can we show we are over the animals?
  • 13. • God made man male and female. • In this passage, that truth comes to bear on reproduction (v 28). • Obviously, males and females are needed for reproduction. • Why might have God wanted the earth filled with humans? • Why should people today want to be parents? • What role should children have in the home? • This also comes to bear on sexuality. • God created sex. • Sex, therefore, isn’t “dirty.” • Yet, since God created sexuality, He has the right to govern sexuality.
  • 14. • This text obviously speaks about homosexuality. • God made man male and female. • Jesus affirms that man was made male and female. • “He answered and said to them, ‘Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning “made them male and female”’?” (Matt 19:4). • Some say that Jesus never mentioned homosexuality. • That statement is only partially correct. Obviously, there are a host of sins Jesus did not mention. • From what Jesus says at Matt 19:4, it’s clear that He understood heterosexuality within marriage to be God’s design.
  • 15. • Throughout Scripture, the practice of homosexuality is universally condemned. • Gen 19:1-11. • Some argue that we cannot say that Sodom was destroyed because of homosexuality. Pride and unbelief are given as the reasons for Sodom’s destruction. • Ezek 16:48-49. • Matt 19:14-15. • Obviously, homosexuality wasn’t the only reason Sodom was destroyed. • Notice Ezek 16:50, however.
  • 16. • Throughout Scripture, the practice of homosexuality is universally condemned. • Lev 20:13. • Because this passage mentions the death penalty for homosexual acts, it is often disregarded. • True, the Law was nailed to the cross (Col 2:14). • However, the fact that God condemns homosexuality cannot be ignored.
  • 17. • Throughout Scripture, the practice of homosexuality is universally condemned. • Rom 1:18-32. • Do notice the progressive nature of sin from this text. • Because they were involved in idolatry, they became involved in homosexuality. • Homosexuality led to other sins. • Getting caught up in one sin can have dire consequences – We must guard our hearts & minds. • 1 Cor 6:9-11. • 1 Tim 1:9-11.
  • 18. • Throughout Scripture, the practice of homosexuality is universally condemned. • It must also be noted, as in the case of Jesus, that heterosexuality in marriage is considered God’s design. • 1 Cor 7:1-5. • Eph 5:22-33.
  • 19. • It seems to me that homosexuality is quite “popular” today. • Do you think I’m right? • If so, why do you think homosexuality is so popular today? • How can the church reach out to homosexuals?