by Eddie Snipes

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Why Did God Create Us? (2 of 2)
In the Beginning
Eddie Snipes
1 Corinthians 15:21-22; Genesis 3:1-13

Why does it matter whether God used evolution or creation to form man?

There are two major reasons this is a foundational issue. We are created in the image of God. Because we are the reflection of God, we have been created for the purpose of glorifying God. Unlike the beast of the field, we are stamped with the image of the Creator and given attributes of our Creator. If we are not in God's image, then we are not accountable to God. A dog will not be judged for his choices, but we are all accountable to God. We were also created to have fellowship with God. Sin has created a breach between our Creator and us. Because God formed us by His image and created us for a purpose, He has the right to expect us to live within the glory He has created us to reflect. We are not gods, but we are the image of God. What we do reflects upon Him.

The other factor is the issue of sin. If all men did not descend from Adam, then we did not all inherit his sinful nature. Without sin, there is no need for a redeemer and Jesus did not have to die on the cross. Jesus referenced Adam and Eve as historical figures. He used God's creation of male and female as the foundation of how God expected marriage to become a union. Without Adam and Eve, who has the right to say how marriage was to work? Jesus pointed back to God's ordained union as the basis for marriage. Jesus pointed back to the first man and woman as the beginning of God's plan through creation. If Jesus presented creation as the foundation of scriptural truth, how can we depart from that foundation and call it just a 'moral story'?

The Original Sin
1 Corinthians 15
21 For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.

It was Adam that introduced sin into the world. Let's look at the original sin given in Genesis 3.

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