Westminster Shorter Catechism, Question 10

Q. 10. How did God create man?

A. God created man male and female, after his own image, in knowledge, righteousness and holiness, with dominion over the creatures.

Question 10 moves beyond creation in general and speaks specifically of God’s creation of man. Man is not an accident emerging out of some naturalistic cosmic soup after billions of years of cause and effect, but a direct creation of God. The catechism lists the characteristics of Mankind in his pre-Fall condition: (1) Mankind is made up of male and female, equal in worth, yet different and complementary to one another, (2) Mankind was made in God’s image and thus his knowledge was not deceitful, his righteousness was not as filthy rags, and his holiness was without blemish, and (3) Mankind was the pinnacle of creation with dominion over everything else.

The Scriptural assessment of man’s condition before sin entered the world is very succinct and direct, “And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good.” (Genesis 1:31)

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” (Psalm 139:14)


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