How to tell the biblical story in a way that makes a difference


27 Jul 2021

If the “chief end of man” is to glorify God and enjoy him forever, as the Westminster Catechism asserts in its opening clause, why is there no mention of this in the creation narratives? Eh?

Humanity is created, as male and female, and is instructed to fill the earth, subdue it, and assert dominance over all living creatures, as the image of God (Gen. 1:27-28). In the garden story, Adam is told not to eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, but his purpose is only to work the garden and keep it (Gen. 2:15). He is not told to glorify God.

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