Doctrine of Man - Dave Planer Professor McAlack The...

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Dave Planer Professor McAlack The Doctrine of Man The first issue brought forward is the name man in reference to the human race. The use of the word Man to refer to the entire human race is said to be insensitive toward women and therefore should be exchanged for a more neutral word. The Bible states in Genesis 5:1-2, “When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and named them Man when they were created.” Quite obviously, God used this term without any hesitation, so why shouldn’t we? God created this universal usage, so we should not find this sexist. Man was created for God’s glory, not because God needed us. God did not and does not need us in any way. In Isaiah 43:7 and Ephesians 1:11-12 God states that we were created for His glory and that we should do everything to glorify Him. So therefore, our purpose here on earth is to live our lives to the absolute fullest, glorifying Him in everything we do (John 10:10). This makes God happy, and his joy is something unknown to us. Man was created in God’s image (Gen 1:26); this much is true. The meaning of this is much deeper than it may appear. This, most basically, means that man is like God and represents God. So it is fair to say that we are similar to God, and He created us that way. During the fall, this image was distorted, but not destroyed. Even after the fall God
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This note was uploaded on 04/17/2008 for the course THE 100 taught by Professor Mcalack during the Spring '08 term at Philadelphia Biblical.

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