Bible Q&A: Are All Men Created in the Image of God?

Are all men created in the image of God, or was that just Adam and Eve?

The Bible indicates that all of humanity is made in the image of God, not just Adam and Eve.  There are several scriptural indicators of this.  First, consider when God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness” (Gen. 1:26) upon making the first man at the beginning of time.  The Hebrew term translated man in this verse is adam, which would come to be known as the name of the first man (“Adam”) but also is the generic term for all of mankind.  The Hebrew term adam is used in other passages which clearly refer to humanity in general (Gen. 6:1-7; Ex. 4:11; Job 34:15; Ps. 8:4; etc.).  Secondly, other passages in the Bible speak of God making man in his image in contexts that clearly refer to all of humanity rather than just Adam and Eve (Gen. 9:6; 1 Cor. 11:7; James 3:9).

Thus, it is clear that all of us are created in God’s image.  Such has always been the case.

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