The Nature of Humanity

Fundamental Belief

Man and woman were made in the image of God with individuality, the power and freedom to think and to do. Though created free beings, each is an indivisible unity of body, mind, and spirit, dependent upon God for life and breath and all else. When our first parents disobeyed God, they denied their dependence upon Him and fell from their high position. The image of God in them was marred and they became subject to death. Their descendants share this fallen nature and its consequences. They are born with weaknesses and tendencies to evil. But God in Christ reconciled the world to Himself and by His Spirit restores in penitent mortals the image of their Maker. Created for the glory of God, they are called to love Him and one another, and to care for their environment.

Bible References

Genesis 1:26-28, 2:7, 15, 3
Psalm 8:4-8, 51:5, 10, 58:3
Jeremiah 17:9
Acts 17:24-28
Romans 5:12-17
2 Corinthians 5:19, 20
Ephesians 2:3
1 Thessalonians 5:23
1 John 3:4, 4:7, 8, 11, 20

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