view episode 4—who am i? (english subtitles)
Welcome to the FAQ for module 4—who am i? The following questions include video and/or written answers and are also included in the guide for your leader. You may like to raise these questions during your group time, and we also place them here for you to explore and re-explore at your leisure.
Q 1. Why did God make human beings?
The same reason for which he made everything else—to display his greatness.
Q 2. A lot of people say we are descended from animals. Are we animals or are we unique?
Taken at face value, Genesis 1 and 2 clearly argue for the uniqueness of human beings. We are not animals, nor did we come from animals—although we do have some things in common with animals.
Q 3. Does the Bible really say that Adam and Eve were real people and that the whole human race actually came from them?
Yes. The Bible teaches that Adam and Eve were the first humans and the actual parents of the whole human race.
Q 4. What does being ‘made in the image of God’ mean?
It means that we are like God in ways that other creatures are not. God has made us to be like himself (in his likeness and image).
Q 5. What does it mean when we say that humans are ‘moral beings’?
While ‘moral’ can mean ‘good’, what we mean here is that humans were made with a moral capacity, with the ability to understand ‘right’ and ‘wrong’. We are therefore ‘ethical’ creatures. This makes us different from the members of the animal world. Mark Twain once said, “Of all God’s creatures, only humans have the ability to blush.”
Q 6. What does the Bible mean when it says that humans should ‘rule the earth’?
Humans are to exercise authority over the earth—developing its potential, realising its possibilities and harnessing its energies, for the good of humanity. But this needs to be done in ways that reflect the values, beauty, order and glory of the Creator, realising we ourselves are under his authority and are answerable to him for the way we develop the earth.
Q 9. Why did God make Adam from dust?
God made Adam from the dust (Genesis 2:7) because God designed humans to be ‘earthlings’—persons who were made to live on the earth.
Q 10. Are Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 talking about two different creations?
No. There is only one account of the creation (Genesis 1). Genesis 2 focuses on part of that creation—the human species.