When I am told that I evolved from an ape, it raffles my feathers. Charles Darwin was not the first dude that came up with the theory of evolution in 1859. The term dates back to the ancient Greeks, but today the word is more often used to refer to Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection.
Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and overall the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Gen 1:26 & 27
We can see that God created humankind after He created heaven and earth and other living creatures. Humankind is thus the crown and culmination of creation.
And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: the livestock, the creatures that move along the ground, and the wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. Gen 1: 24 & 25
Again we can see that God made the different species according to their kind. As to the origin of man, it is clearly stated that he was created, an act of origination and not of evolution! God made man by creating him!
As to their nature, the man and the woman were created in God’s image and after His likeness, Gen 1:26 & 27. The statement does not refer to what is physical. It means that the man and the woman were created rational, moral and spiritual beings, separating them from all the other creatures on the earth, in the sea or the air.
The man and the woman were given a four-fold commission: Gen 1:28
- Domination over the rest of creation
- Multiplication of their kind and the increase of their species
- Subjugation of all creatures – rule over the animal kingdom
- Cultivation of the earth for the maintenance of themselves (humankind) and of the lower creation
The phrase “the generations of the heavens and of the earth” in Gen 2:4, followed by the record of how man and woman came to be, indicates that they are of the heavens and of the earth, material and immaterial, physical and spiritual.
God formed Adam’s body from “the dust of the ground” (material), and the Lord God, Yahweh Elohim, breathed (immaterial) into his nostrils the breath of lives. Man became a living soul Gen 2:7 Here, man’s making is distinguished from the making of all other creatures, and this is the starting point of Biblical psychology.
But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.
The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord, searching all the inward parts of the belly.
For who knows a person’s thoughts except for their own spirit within them? In the same way, no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.
1 Cor 2:11
From the above scripture, we can see that the body and the spirit (breath) constituted the soul. The soul is the middle term in which body and spirit meet in the unity of personality.
I can rest assured that according to Scripture, I was made in the image and likeness of Almighty God, and there was no monkey business involved or evolved!
For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written,The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them. How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You.