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146 THE INCREDIBLE HUMAN POTENTIAL
position of the human mind, as compared to animal brain, has
been explained. BuT
WH Y
does such wonderful MINO power
work so much evil?
Did an aii-Ioving, all-merciful, almighty Goo deliberately
plague the human race He created with an inborn nature of van–
ity, lust, and greed - with a heart of hostility against God, of de–
ceit, envy, jealousy, and hatred?
How Was Adam, at His Creation?
First, let's see what is revealed about the fi.rst man, Adam, and his
nature
at the time ofhis creation.
The Bible reveals only the most brief high points of human
history for the fi.rst two thousand-plus years - a third of all the
time from the creation of man to now! Only eleven chapters are
devoted to the history of all that span of time. The account of the
fi.rst created couple is merely the briefest possible summary.
The fi.rst humans were the last act of creation on the sixth day
of what is commonly called "creation week," recorded in the fi.rst
chapter of Genesis.
God had created plant life - the flora - on the third day of
that week, animal life - the fauna - on the fi.fth and sixth, each
reproducing
"after its own kind."
Cattle reproduced after the
cattle kind (verse 25), lions after the lion kind, horses after the
horse kind, etc.
Then God said, "Let us make man in our image. after our
likeness." In other words, "Let us make MAN
after the
GOD
kind!"
God was actually
reproducing Himself!
And notice, the name God - the Hebrew name as originally
written throughout Genesis
1,
is
Elohim.
lt
is a uniplural noun,
like family, group, church.
lt
is ONE family composed of more
than one person.
lt
is like one team, one church, but each com–
posed of multiple persons. The God to whom Jesus prayed is the
FATHER of the FAMILY that is Goo. God
/S
a FAMILY - but ONE
family,
ONEGoo.
"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God
created he him, maJe and female created he them." WHY? Be–
cause human reproduction is the type of God's reproducing Him–
self. And physical reproduction requires both maJe and female.