Q. I love your ministry and rely upon many of the questions and answers to search the Scriptures for direction. My question concerns our existence. Does GOD create every human being, even those who are not “perfect” by human standards, or did He create Adam and Eve and the rest of us exist via Adam and Eve’s procreation because of the fall when we were no longer made in the image of GOD but of Adam? Can you give some Biblical support for your response?
A. Genesis 1:27 tells us that Adam and Eve were created directly by God in His image. In Genesis 1:28 God commanded them to be fruitful and increase in number. In effect He was delegating the process by which all future humans would come into the world to mankind. We call this “procreation”.
In Genesis 4:1 we see the first example of this; “Adam lay with his wife Eve and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain.” Genesis 4 contains several other examples confirming that Adam and Eve were the only humans who were direct creations of God. All those born subsequently have been the result of human decisions. Genesis 5:3 gives us the first indication that Adam’s children were born in his image rather than in the image of God. I believe this means Adam’s offspring all have a sin nature, brought about as a consequence of Adam’s sin.