Who was Adam? A response to the Church


#1

Was Adam born with the image of the LORD or remade with one in it? fort he church agrees that evolution was made for the materialist creation of Man and the LORD being his soul. when was Adam then? over 3000 thousand years ago? or somewhere else in a blessed from of Earth Before Original sin? what about creatures like Neanderthals who may or may not have sinned themselves? Who is Adam, the Original Human?


#2

This document lays it out:

http://w2.vatican.va/content/pius-xii/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_p-xii_enc_12081950_humani-generis.html


#3

And this later exposition from JP2:
https://www.ewtn.com/library/papaldoc/jp961022.htm

Anything from Fr Robert Spitzer
Bp Barron has commented on the Church’s relationship with science.


#4

The Catechism of the Catholic Church says that God made all men in His image and references the creation of Adam and Eve at Genesis 1:27


#5

The question of what it means to be “made in the image of God” is an interesting one that has been debated for quite some time. Some people think this has something to do with our physical form, or perhaps our intellect, etc. However, I think it goes back to what the word “image” means. The Hebrew word for image seems to imply the reflection of a shadow, or perhaps even an engraved statue. The phrase is uttered in the context of God blessing man with dominion over the earth.

“Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.’ So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them…”

He then blesses them and commands them to be fruitful and multiply and repeats his blessing that man should have dominion over the earth.

In this sense, it seems that man was created with the expressed intent that man should “image God” to creation, or represent God perhaps. We were given authority and responsibility as stewards and caretakers to demonstrate God’s glory to creation. This seems to be what the author has in mind when he says that we were made in the image of God.

However, in the fall, we ceased to image God to creation, causing even creation to fall into corruption and disobedience (reference Romans 8:18-25). After the fall, we see that when giving the genealogies that Seth seems to be created not in the image of God, but in the image of Adam (Genesis 5:3), which seems to be a fundamental shift in our nature from our origin.

Thanks be to God though that we have a Savior that has redeemed us from sin, and will restore all things back to God’s intended created order through his body and blood, which he shed for us.


#6

As far as I can ascertain, Genesis 2:7 clearly states that Adam was created from INANIMATE MATTER, therefore he could not have been a product of evolution.


#7

The word ‘dust’ is also used to describe populations of people in the Scriptures.


#8

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