The fact of man?s creation is declared in <010127>Genesis 1:27 ? ?And God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him?; 2:7 ? ?And Jehovah God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.?
(a) The Scriptures, on the one hand, negative the idea that man is the mere product of unreasoning natural forces. They refer his existence to a cause different from mere nature, namely, the creative act of God.
Compare <581209>Hebrews 12:9 ? ?the Father of spirits?; <041622>Numbers 16:22 ? ?the God of the spirits of all flesh?; 27:16 ? ?Jehovah, the God of the spirits of all flesh?; <662206>Revelation 22:6 ? ?the God of the spirits of the prophets.? Bruce, The Providential Order, 25 ? ?Faith in God may remain intact, though we concede that man in all his characteristics, physical and psychical, is no exception to the universal law of growth, no breach in the continuity of the evolutionary process.? By ?mere nature? we mean nature apart from God. Our previous treatment of the doctrine of creation in general has shown that the laws of nature are only the regular methods of God and that the conception of a nature apart from God is an irrational one. If the evolution of the lower creation cannot be explained without taking into account the originating agency of God, much less can the coming into being of man, the crown of all created things. Hudson, Divine Pedigree of Man: ?Spirit in man is linked with, because derived from, God, who is spirit.?
(b) But, on the other hand, the Scriptures do not disclose the method of man?s creation. Whether man?s physical system is or is not derived, by natural descent, from the lower animals, the record of creation does not
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