Creation of Man – Mormon Quotes

Handbook of the Restoration, pg. 343-345; The formation of man was the crowning act of all creation, and stood out as its most significant feature. Many are the lessons to be learned from it, one of the most important of which is, that it gives us direct knowledge of what God is like, for God made man in his own image and likeness…As if to remove all doubt concerning the fact that man, in form, was made in the likeness and image of God, the scripture makes another comparison defining beyond all controversy the meaning to be conveyed by the written word. It speaks now of the birth of Seth, son of Adam, and says:”Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image, and called his name Seth.”… After a careful study of the original Hebrew in which these passages were written, Dr. S. R. Driver, professor of Hebrew at Oxford University, comes to the conclusion that not only was Adam in the form and likeness of the Lord, but that Seth was also, since he was in the image of Adam who was in the image of God.  In his work entitled “The Book of Genesis,” this scholar says:”Seth, being in Adam’s image, is also in God’s image. It follows that the image of God is transmitted to Adam’s descendants.”This is a most important declaration in view of another significant phase of the creation.

Luke 8:11-15Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.  12 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.  13 They on the rock are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.  14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.  15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

Got all that?  Long story short, the Mormons take the creation of Adam being made after the image of God in the most literal sense.  Using the references of the “scholar” Driver is equally disturbing – he was a biblical scholar who was a non-believer. (See Blue Letter Bible for info on Driver.)

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