Where did Mankind come from?
Mankind, both male and female, is created in the image and likeness of God. The account of Man’s creation is found in the first two chapters of Genesis. From that account, and other places in the Bible, we can draw the following observations:
- It is God who created the heavens, the earth, and mankind. He created time (“in the beginning”), space (“the heavens”), and matter (“and the earth”). The writer of the book of Hebrews, wrote, “By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.” (Hebrews 11:3).
- Man was the final piece of God’s creation. God spoke everything else into existence, but when it came to man, He formed Adam from the dust of the earth. This is different from the way God created everything else. Genesis 2:7 tells us, “... the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”
- Jesus endorsed the Genesis account of creation when he said, “Haven’t you read ... that at the beginning the Creator made them male and female.” (Matthew 19:4)
- God gave man a charge, to “... be fruitful and increase in number, fill the earth and subdue it.” (Genesis 1:28) In other words, man is the capstone of creation and has a God-given responsibility over the earth.