Like all of the rest of creation, man was created to show forth the glory of God. However, the means by which man shows God's glory is unique in creation.
"The heavens declare the glory of God" (Psa 19), demonstrating "the eternal power and godhead" of the One who created them (Rom 1:20). Indeed, all of creation is designed to declare His glory, as spelled out in:
Thus, on both the macro and micro level, every created thing in the universe, whether animate (having life) or inanmate (lifeless) was designed to fulfill God's will, by following His laws and written instructions. They are ordered by "hearkening unto the voice of His word" (Psa 103:20b).
But to man, God has given free will, allowing us to decide for ourselves whether, to what extent and how we might follow His Word. He has given us clear instructions (from the simple command to Adam, to the whole counsel of God which is the Bible). But unlike the rest of creation, we have chosen to disobey His written instructions, with terrible results.
When cells in a human body suddenly refuse to follow the written instructions and set out to do their own thing, the result is cancer, deformity, disease, destruction and death. So, it is with man's refusal to submit to His Creator's will and way.
Satan and the fallen angels (who followed him in rebellion against God) led the way for man's fall into sin. For the fallen angels, there is no return to God's favor. But for man, God made a way, that we can be cured of our waywardness, and brought into conformity with God's will, so that all of creation, purged of all that is dis-ordered, will again fulfill His Word, including those men who have freely turned to Him.
God's purpose is that every created thing and creature, will be in complete conformity with the will and purpose of their Creator. This is the end unto which human history is moving, as echoed in the closing choruses of the book of Psalms (Psa 148; Psa 150:6), and also at the close of the Bible, at the end of the age (Rev 4:11). The means by which, He will accomplish that purpose, is through the redemption provided through the One perfect man (Rev 5:9,10).
God created man in His image and likeness. Man's similarity to his Creator can be seen in the characteristics which distinguish man from the rest of creation and from other creatures.
That first question is at the root of the conflict over abortion. But it is also important for understanding our individual origins and condition. As we saw in the section about the Three Parts of Man, there is more to man than the body. Man is distinct from other living organisms, such as plants and animals, in that he has a soul and spirit, through which he posseses a consciousness of God and a conscience of moral right and wrong. Since this distinction is the essence of being human, we can logically say that a human person begins when he or she is imbued with a human soul and spirit. But when does this occur?
The biblical teaching, that every human being has inherited a sin nature from Adam, provides a key for discerning between the common theories concerning when a human life begins.
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