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.
CREATED IN GOD’S IMAGE
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.