Humanity’s Dilemma in 3 Verses

Posted on April 21, 2020


By David Ettinger

Our Nature Made Simple
Why is the human race such a mess? The answer is simple, at least on the surface, and can be explained, at least on the surface, in three verses.

These three verses are Genesis 5:1-3. Let’s go verse by verse.

Verse 1
“This is the book of the generations of Adam. In the day when God created man, He made him in the likeness of God.”

The key phrase here is “He [God] made him in the likeness of God.” What does it mean to be made in God’s likeness? One thing it does not mean is that we look like God. John 4:24 tells us that God is “spirit”; He does not possess a physical form. God can manifest one if He chooses, but innately, God is spirit and has no physical form.

What being created in God’s image does mean is that we are endowed with a personality to reflect God’s. Therefore, we have the capacity to think, feel, and act in a Godward manner, meaning we have the ability to interact with Him intellectually, emotionally, and willfully.

And one other thing … when God created the first people, He created them perfect, that is, without sin. Therefore, the human race had the potential of living the “heavenly” life on Earth God has always intended.

Verse 2
“He created them male and female, and He blessed them and named them Man in the day when they were created.”

By blessing them, God gave to Adam and Eve – and if they obeyed, to their descendants – everything they needed to live a full, rich, healthy, and satisfied life. He gave them perfect physical prowess, a perfect Earth, and a perfect atmosphere.

The Earth God gave the first humans was a literal paradise, and only something evil could mar it. Of course, something evil did mar it. That something evil was sin, and the human race would never exist as God had intended.

Verse 3
“When Adam had lived one hundred and thirty years, he became the father of a son in his own likeness, according to his image, and named him Seth.”

The key phrase here is “a son in his own likeness,” and it should send cold shivers up and down your spine. Whereas the first people were created “in the likeness of God” – that is, sinless – the offspring of fallen Adam and Eve were and are born in man’s likeness – that is, with a perfectly functioning sin mechanism (Psalm 51:5; Isaiah 53:6; Romans 3:23).

The Great Contrast
This is the great contrast in three verses: humanity created in God’s image (Genesis 5:1-2) and humanity brought forth in its own image (v. 3).

Happily, in Genesis 3:15, God promised a “Seed of the woman” – a Redeemer – who would save humanity from its sin at His first coming, and would then come a second time to restore marred humanity to its perfect state.

This Redeemer is the Lord Jesus Christ, and He has come to fix what humanity has broken. If you do not know this Fixer of Marred Humanity, you may do so this way: “… confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, [and] you will be saved” (Romans 10:9).

Humanity’s dilemma is being born in sin; the solution to the dilemma is faith in the Lord and Redeemer, Jesus Christ!