Table of Contents Table of Contents
Previous Page  95 / 665 Next Page
Show Menu
Previous Page 95 / 665 Next Page
Page Background

Chapter 6. Man and Woman in the Beginning • 67

She also shows us how we, urged on by God, can overcome the self-centeredness caused by Original Sin.


God willed the diversity of his creatures and their own

particular goodness, their interdependence, and their

order. He destined all material creatures for the good of

the human race. Man, and through him all creation, is

destined for the glory of God.

—CCC, no. 353

“God created man in his image . . . male and female he created them”

(Gn 1:27). In figurative and symbolic language, Scripture describes God’s

creating the first man and woman, Adam and Eve, and placing them in

Paradise. They were created in friendship with God and in harmony with

creation. The Church teaches that theirs was a state of original holiness

and justice, with no suffering or death (cf. CCC, no. 376; GS, no. 18).

The first man and woman were qualitatively different from and

superior to all other living creatures on earth. They were uniquely made

in the image of God, as are all human beings, their descendants. What

does this mean? God’s image is not a static picture stamped on our souls.

God’s image is a dynamic source of inner spiritual energy drawing our

minds and hearts toward truth and love, and to God himself, the source

of all truth and love.

To be made in the image of God includes specific qualities. Each of

us is capable of self-knowledge and of entering into communion with

other persons through self-giving. These qualities—and the shared heri-

tage of our first parents—also form a basis for a bond of unity among all

human beings. To be made in God’s image also unites human beings as

God’s stewards in the care of the earth and of all God’s other creatures.