I believe that God created man and woman on the final day of the creation week as the peak of his creative plan.[1] He made humanity to be in a blessed and harmonious relationship with him, each other, and the rest of creation.[2] The rest of creation was made by his command, and was good, and was created as the best environment for human flourishing.[3] Humanity would also help the rest of creation flourish and become the best possible creation.[4]

I believe that both men and women are made in the image of God.[5] We reflect the Triune God by being in deliberate and edifying relationships meant to build up the other.[6] God gave marriage to humanity as a blessed relationship of love and edification for men and women.[7] Marriage in a special way demonstrates God’s covenant love for people, and the triune God’s self-sacrificial love.[8] This covenant union is God’s means of providing a loving environment for new life and flourishing relationships.[9]

I believe that there is also an innate and unique quality of humans that sets us apart from the rest of creation, for we can be creative, reason, and love, and this is because of being made in the image of God.[10] We are also his representatives upon earth, and we are to subdue and oversee it by using our unique skills and abilities given to us.[11] Their job was to carry out the Lord’s will on this planet and by being God’s vice-regents.[12] This work is meant to be done six days of the week, for the rest on the seventh day is a Sabbath day meant to worship God, enjoying him, and to remember his acts of creation and provision.[13]

I believe that the original couple, Adam and Eve show that humanity was also created morally pure and holy, for they walked and communed with God.[14] There was rejoicing in doing his will, and a pleasure in learning from Him.[15] God made humanity with good and strong bodies meant to endure for centuries and continual refinement and development.[16] Humanity was made morally sound, and contained the potential for a life of growth in moral strength and knowledge of God.[17] Humanity was made to glorify God and enjoy Him in an unbroken and unimpeded relationship.[18]


               [1] Gen. 1:26-27; 9:6; Ps. 8:4-5; Mt. 6:26, 30; Lk. 12:24; Js. 3:9; Westminster Confession 4.2; New Hampshire Baptist Confession III; Baptist Faith and Message Southern Baptist Convention III; Luther’s Small Catechism with Explanation question 101.

               [2] Gen 1:26-30; 2:18, 23-25; 3:8; Isa. 11:6-8; Mt. 22:37-40; Rom. 12:18; Heb. 12:14; 1 John 1:7; Cf. Apostle’s Creed; Westminster Confession 24.2; 26:1-3; Baptist Faith and Message Southern Baptist Convention XVIII.

               [3] Gen. 1:4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 25, 31; 2:9.

               [4] Gen 1:26, 28; 2:20; 9:1-3; Ps. 8:6-8, 72:8; Isa. 11:6-8.

               [5]Gen. 1:26-28; 5:1-3; 9:6; 1 Cor. 11:7; Col. 3:10; Js. 3:9. Baptist Faith and Message Southern Baptist Convention III.

               [6] Gen. 1:26-27; 2:18, 22-25; Jn. 13:34-35; 17:21; 1 Jn. 4:20. cf. Gen. 3:16; Mt. 5:44-45. Cf. Apostle’s Creed; Westminster Confession 24.2; 26:1-3; Baptist Faith and Message Southern Baptist Convention XVIII.

[7] Gen. 2:20-24; Mt. 19:1-12; 1 Cor. 7:1-5; Eph. 5:21-33; Heb. 13:4; Westminster Confession 24.2; Baptist Faith and Message Southern Baptist Convention XVIII.

[8] Isa. 50:13; Mal. 2:15-16; Mt. 19:1-12; 1 Cor. 7:10-16; Eph. 5:21-33. Baptist Faith and Message Southern Baptist Convention XVIII.

[9]Gen. 2:23-24; 4:1; Ex. 20:12; Eph. 6:1-4; cf. Gen. 12:1-3; Isa. 11:1; Col. 20-21.

[10] Gen. 5:3; Lev. 19:2; Ec. 3:1; 1 Pt. 1:16; Cf. 1 Sam. 13:14; Eph. 5:1-2; Col. 3:9-10.

               [11] Gen. 1:26-28; 2:15; 9:2-3; Ps. 8:6-8; Isa. 11:6-8; Eph. 2:10.

               [12]Mt. 6:10; Lk. 11:2; Cf. Christ’s Lordship: Mt. 2:2; 3:2; 20:21; Phil. 9-11; Col. 1:15; Heb. 1:8, 13; Rev. 20:4-6.

[13] Gen. 1: 31-2:3; Ex. 20:8-11; Lev. 16:31; Neh. 13:15-21; Isa. 58:13-14; Jer. 17:19-27; Ez. 20:20, 24; Mt. 12:1-14; Westminster Confession 21.7-8; New Hampshire Baptist Confession, XV; Baptist Faith and Message Southern Baptist Convention VIII.

               [14] Gen 1:31; 3:8; Lev. 19:2; Eph. 4:24; 1 Pet. 1:16; 1 Jn. 3:2; New Hampshire Baptist Confession III. Cf. Rev. 1:5b-7; 4:8b, 11; 5:9-10, 12; 5:13b; 7:10, 12; 11:15, 17-18; 12:10-12; 15:3b-4; 16:5b-7; 19:1-8; 22:20b-21.

[15] Cf. Ex. 20:3-7; Dt. 6:5; 11:13, 22;  30:1-10; Josh. 24 14-15;1 Chr. 16:8-36; Pss. 1:2; 9:2; 19:1-13; 21:13; 27:1; 29:1-2; 34:1-3; 35:26-28; 71:5-8, 14-18; 111:1-10; 122:1; 136:1-26; 149:1-150:6; Prv. 31:30; Isa. 65:18-19; Zech. 9:9-10; Mt. 22:37; Mk. 12:30; Lk 10:27; 1 Cor. 16:22; Cf. Rev. 1:5b-7; 4:8b, 11; 5:9-10, 12; 5:13b; 7:10, 12; 11:15, 17-18; 12:10-12; 15:3b-4; 16:5b-7; 19:1-8; 22:20b-21.

               [16] Isa. 65:20; Cf. 1 Cor. 15:42, 54; Cf. Gen. 5:4-32; Lk. 2:52.

               [17] Gen. 1:31; Eph. 5:1; Col. 3:12; 1 Jn. 3:2.

               [18] Isa. 43:7; Eph. 1:11-12; 1 Cor. 10:31; 1 Jn. 3:103; Rev. 4:11; Westminster Confession 2.2.

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