We believe that on the 6th day of creation God decided to make man in his image and likeness. God created them male and female, blessed them, and told them to be fruitful and multiply and rule over the other created things. (Gen. 1:26-28). God formed man out of the dust, breathed the breath of life into him, and placed him in the garden to work it. (Gen 2:7-15) The Lord God saw it was not good for man to be alone and He caused for Adam to sleep and fashioned a helper for him out of his rib. Adam and Eve together were meant to rule, care, obey, dwell, and be fruitful and multiply in the earth. The Lord had given everything to man except for one rule, they could not ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. However, Satan came and tempted Eve and she believed him instead of God and took of the fruit and ate it and gave some to her husband who was standing nearby (Gen. 3). Here everything changed, all of creation came up under a curse, and death entered the world.
We believe the effects of sin ruined man in such a way; that they could no longer dwell in the presence of God nor fulfill their purpose as image-bearers (Gen. 3:24). Adam and Eve’s sin was passed down to the rest of mankind, and therefore man is born with an inherited sin nature. (1st Cor. 15:22, Rom. 5:12) This doctrine is known as Original Sin. Man’s conscience, will, and mind are so ruined by the effects of the fall that they are inclined to evil (Is. 59:7, Rom. 3:10) and cannot be made right with God in their own (Eph. 2:1-10). Mankind was created to glorify God and enjoy Him forever, but neither can be accomplished because of our hopeless estate being dead in sin. However, God in His mercy set about to redeem humanity and bring man back to what they were intended for by giving His Son Jesus to pay for our sins.