We believe that God created man “of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being” (Gen. 2:7). In this way, man is a triune being (spirit, soul, and body) – Job 12:10; Is. 57:16; 1 Thess. 5:23; Heb. 14:12— and belongs to the physical (visible) and spiritual (invisible) realms.
God created man immortal according to His own image and likeness, which consists of intellectual, moral, volitional, and other characteristics (Gen. 1:26-27, 5:1; James 3:9).
God created man innocent, for the purpose of:
- direct fellowship between man and his Creator (Gen. 3:8; Ecc. 7:29)
- worship of God (Ps. 67:3)
- continuation of the human race and to “fill the earth” (Gen. 1:28; Acts 17:26)
- to govern the world around him and to cultivate the earth (Gen. 1:28, 2:15; Ps. 8:6)
God created man with free will. He had the right to independently choose between good and evil (Gen. 2:16-17; Deut. 30:19; Josh. 24:15; Jer. 21:8)
The Fall of Man into Sin
We believe that man, by means of the enticement of the Devil, freely chose the path of rebellion against his Creator, and in so doing sinned against Holy God (Gen. 3:1-6; Is. 59:2; Jh. 8:44).
At the moment of his fall into sin, man died spiritually and began to die physically (Gen. 2:17; Rom. 6:23; Eph. 2:1; Col. 2:13).
As a consequence of man’s sin, the curse of God fell upon the earth and creation (Gen. 3:17; Ps. 90:10; Rom. 8:20-21).
Because the first people fell into sin, all humanity inherited a sin nature and death (Gen. 6:3; Ps. 51:5, 58:3; Jer. 17:9; Rom. 5:12).
A result of the fall is that man cannot independently find God (1 Cor. 2:14; Rom. 3:11).