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The word "image" means exact representation. The image that is referred to in Genesis is an image by derivation, not imitation. The image is not a physical image since God is spirit. All of creation looking at Adam and Eve knew the absolute perfection and righteousness of God because He put Himself within them. In man, God created a spirit (unlike animals) ...


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The point of the creation story is to answer just this question. In the garden, there was only one tree which Adam and Eve could not eat of - the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. The irony of this tree is that it had no special properties other than the fact that it was forbidden. This tree was placed there explicitly to give mankind free will so that ...


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Right from the beginning Adam and Eve felt Guilt, such shame that they covered their nakedness with aprons made of fig leaves even before God made himself present. When the Lord approached, the couple now clothed in fig leaf aprons, they hid, the excuse given was that they were ashamed of their nakedness even though by their own efforts where now covered. ...


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Temptation which ever way you look at it has a target and a goal to achieve both for God and satan. Temptation is out to determine the content of your heart. it is a sure way to find out if you are cut out for God or you are a deceit. The devil use it to draw disciple to himself but God through it know who are truly His. Temptation really works on our ...


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Adam and Eve were given only one restriction but they were also given a few instructions. They were to "tend and dress" the garden, and they were to multiply and replenish the earth. Failure to do these things would also have been contrary to the word of God and thus a sin. Eating of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil was the only sin ...


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Lets start with the serpent: Genesis 3:4-5 (KJV) 4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods.. Which is a lie, they were already "like" gods Genesis 1:27 (KJV) 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of ...


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I can offer up the Mormon perspective on these verses. The Book of Mormon has a wonderful explanation of the purposes and the nature of creation in the Book of 2 Nephi. 10 And because of the intercession for all, all men come unto God; wherefore, they stand in the presence of him, to be judged of him according to the truth and holiness which is in ...


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Notice that in Genesis 3:22, God says "now the man is become like one of us," after Adam had eaten the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. God was not equating the angels with himself, so in using the plural he could only have been referring to other gods. Indeed, Keel and Uehlinger say in Gods, Goddesses and Images of God in Ancient Israel, ...


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Jesus did not need to have a sinless, immaculately conceived mother in order to be perfect Himself. Otherwise, this brings the infinite regression problem. How could Mary be immaculately conceived unless her parents were also sinless? And if Mary and Mary's parents were immaculately conceived/sinless, then why not also Mary's siblings (if she had any?) ...



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