Scientists tell us that 60 of the 92 chemicals found in the earth also exist in humans. This fact only confirms the account in Genesis 2 that “The LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into his nostrils, and the man became a living person.” Even though some question the biblical account of how humans came to be, we who accept the Bible as God’s word to us do not doubt the accuracy of the record, even though we may not fully understand all the nuanced details of how God did it. When God created the rest of the world, He merely spoke them into existence from a distance. But with humans, God came down to the dust to stress our unique nature and to symbolize the intimacy He wanted with humans. In forming humans, God did what He did not do for other creatures. God breathed His own spirit into the man. God imparted His own likeness into us, so that we could commune and have fellowship with God. Sadly, Adam and Eve rejected God’s authority and plunged the human race into sin. Yet since the second Adam—Jesus Christ—has come and died for our sins, God now offers to pardon us and give us far more than we lost in Adam. All who accept Jesus Christ by faith enjoy God’s presence and pardon today, and when our earthly life is over, we will enjoy God’s presence forever.
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