Question: In the June [2004] Q & A...you stated, “Adam is the only one created in God’s image.” Yet 1 Cor 11:7 states, “For a man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God….” Please explain. | thebereancall.org

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Question: In the June Q&A in dealing with homosexuality, you stated, “Adam is the only one created in God’s image.” Yet 1 Cor:11:7 states, “For a man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God….” This does not negate your statement, but it probably needs some more explanation….

Answer: Adam was definitely created in the image and likeness of God: “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness….So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him…” (Gn 1:26,27). There is an interesting change of pronouns that reflects the trinity: from “us… our…our” to “his.” There is both plurality and singularity in the Godhead: three persons, one God.

Adam and Eve, of course, were the only people created, period. Their children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, et al., and all the rest of mankind were not “created” by God but were begotten of parents through natural processes that God created for perpetuating the race, just as with animals. We come into the world by normal birth, not directly by God’s creative act as was the case with Adam.

We are dying beings from the moment of our birth, with disease already in our bodies and many imperfections. We cannot say that we are the same men and women as God created Adam and Eve to be.

Moreover, we are spiritually dead from birth, meaning that our spirits are dead to God, not indwelt by the Spirit of God as were Adam and Eve. They were created by God. We can be recreated by simple faith in Christ.

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