Man as he was Originally Created

God created him from the dust of the earth

(Genesis 2v7).

Man’s body contains the same elements found in the earth (hydrogen, carbon, etc.). The Bible stated this truth about the physical composition of the human body thousands of years before it was known to modern science.

Adam was created from ‘the dust of the ground’, not from an ape.

Some people who try to conform the Genesis account of man’s creation to evolutionary notions tell us that the ‘dust’ in Genesis 2v7 is symbolic of the animal kingdom. However, dust in Genesis 3v19 CANNOT mean the animal kingdom. “For dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.” If the dust Adam was made from represents the ape from which he evolved, then Adam must have turned back into an ape because of his sin! Of course not, the Bible is clear that man is a special creation.

God gave man life.

His body was formed first and then God “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” (Genesis 2v7). Life has not evolved over millions of years to produce man. Also, the Bible makes it very clear that Adam was the first man (1 Corinthians 15v45).

Only into man did God directly breathe the breath of life

(Genesis 2v7).

God breathed into him the principle of life and he became a living being. While animals’ bodies were formed from the earth (Genesis 2v19), the Bible does not record that God breathed into their nostrils the breath of life.

He was created in the image of God

(Genesis 1v26+27).

This means that he had intellectual and moral faculties, that he had personality and knowledge, and that he had endless being. The image of God is distinctly referred to as “righteousness and true holiness” and “knowledge” (Ephesians 4v24; Colossians 3v10).

He was created a tripartite being with body, soul, and spirit

(cp. 1 Thessalonians 5v23).

Man was created “a little lower than the angels”

Hebrews 2v6-9.

Christ took on this form in order to save us from our sin.

He was created with a free will

He had a mind with which to think (Genesis 2v15+20), emotions with which to feel (Genesis 3v8), and a will with which to decide (Genesis 2v15-17). This will was originally a completely free will. He did not have a sinful nature that would influence that will – as it does with us.

God created man for His glory

(Isaiah 43v7; Colossians 1v16; Revelation 4v11) and to have communion with Him (Genesis 3v8+9).

The first woman was created from man

(Genesis 2v21+22; 1 Corinthians 11v8; 1 Timothy 2v13).

God put man on probation in the Garden of Eden

(Genesis 2v15-17).

We do not know how long this period of probation lasted.


For further information on creation/evolution issues visit:

Answers in Genesis
Creation Ministries International