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Why Am I Alive? What is My Purpose?
I. The Origin of Mankind
The first man, Adam, was created on the sixth day of creation (Gen. 1:27,31), from the dust of the earth (Gen. 2:7), superior to all the other creations of God (Gen. 1:28-29). Man’s creation was immediate, and evolution had no part in it. God was pleased with His creation of man (Gen. 1:31). Woman was formed from Man’s rib (Gen. 2:22) because God formed Him to be incomplete without her (Gen. 2:18). Woman’s role from the beginning was to help and complete man (Gen. 2:18, Gen. 2:20, I Cor. 11:7).
II. Man’s Sin and God’s Response
A. The Fall
Eve sinned when she ate of the forbidden fruit (Gen. 3:6, II Cor. 11:3,). Adam followed her into sin (Gen. 3:6) and now all of creation has been condemned because of him (Rom. 5:12, 14). Man’s sin was committed with full knowledge that it was wrong (Gen. 3:1-4, 10) and that God had decreed a punishment for it (Gen. 2:7).
B. Man’s Punishment
Because of Adam’s sin, man was cast out of the garden (Gen. 3:24) and cursed. As a result of the fall, man struggles to make the earth profitable (Gen. 3:17-19), and woman is pained in the process of populating it (Gen. 3:16, Isa. 26:17).
III. The Form of Mankind
A. Image of God
Man was created in the image of God (Gen. 1:26-27, Gen. 9:6), for the glory of God (I Cor. 11:7). Just as there are three parts to the divine Trinity (Matt. 3:16-17, Matt. 28:19), man was designed with three parts (Mark 12:30, Luke 10:27, Heb. 4:12), body (Gen. 6:3, Job 34:15, I Cor. 6:20), soul (Ps. 131:2, I Peter 2:11) and spirit (Ps. 146:4, Pro. 16:32). Though man is made in God’s image, no matter what, he will never be God himself (Ex. 6:7, Isa. 44:6, Isa. 45:5)
Man was created with a physical body (Gen. 2:7), which is the temple of the Holy Spirit (I Cor. 16:19). Man is required to care for this body and treat it with respect (Ecc. 5:6, I Cor. 6:18). He is also required to respect physical body of others (Gen. 9:6, Lev. 20:10).
Man’s soul is his life force (Gen. 2:7), and it can biblically refer to his whole being (Acts 2:41). Feelings of despair (Ps. 43:5), hate (II Sam. 5:8), love (Song. 1:7) and grief (Jer. 13:17) are attributed to it.
Man’s spirit does not refer to his whole being, but thinking (Isa. 29:24) and remembering (Ps. 77:6) are ascribed to it.
IV. God’s Purpose for Mankind
Mankind was created with two distinct types, male and female (Gen. 1:27, Gen. 5:2, Gen. 6:13, Mark 10:6). Each are equal before God (Gen. 1:26, Gal. 3:8), yet have different roles (Gen. 3:20, I Cor. 14:35, Tts. 2:4). Women are to love their husbands (Tts. 2:4) and submit to them (I Peter 3:1, Eph. 5:22), men are to love (Eph. 5:25, Col. 3:19) their wives and submit to God (I Cor. 11:13).
B. Dominion Over Creation
God gave man the commission to subdue populate the earth He created (Gen. 1:18, Gen. 9:1).
C. A Relationship with the Creator
Even though mankind has sinned and separated itself from its Creator (Isa. 59:2), God still desires for a relationship with His creation (Jer. 31:3-4, Matt. 23:37).