86. Q. Who is the, father of our human race?
A. Adam, the first man, he is the father of human race.
87. Q. Who created him, God the Creator of all?
A. Yes, God the Creator of all created all things,
and He also created Adam, father of our race.
88. Q. Was Adam also created in the manner that
the animal kingdom was created?
A. No, animals were formed from natural elements,
namely, earth, water, air and fire, but by
God's command (Gen. 1. 20-24). But Adam,
He created in His own image (Gen. 3:27).
89. Q. Since Adam was created in God's image, does
it mean that God has the appearance, image and human limbs?
A. No, for since God is living Spirit, invisible
and intangible, he has nothing in common
physically with man.
90 Q. Then why do the Scriptures say that God
created him, in His own image, since God
is Spirit, invisible and intangible, while man
is corporeal, visible and tangible?
A. As afore-stated, God is one nature in three
qnume, in this symbol of the Holy Trinity,
God created Adam, namely, human nature
with three distinct attributes, that is, mind,
speech and life. In these three attributes man
is the image of God and God is like man.
91. Q. Then is it a fact that Adam was created
differently from animals?
A. Yes, Adam in the attributes of life was
created like an angel, namely, with an
immortal soul (Matt. 10:23). But his body
was mortal, for he is earth and unto earth
will he return (Gen. 3 :19).
92. Q. Where was Adam created, in what country and what place ?
A. He was created, in Eden:- "God planted
a garden in Eden and placed Adam whom he
formed (moulded) in that paradise (Gen. 2:8).
And He commanded him to rule over all the animals" (Gen. 1:25-28).
93. Q. Then God gave Adam authority to rule over
all His other earthly creatures?
A. Yes, but on the condition that he would not
fall into sin of pride as did a class of angels
who aspired to become equal with God, their
Creator, and, therefore, fell from their glory
and became satan. Therefore, God placed Adam
under law, so that he may not presume there
was none else above him, and forget his Creator.
94. Q. What law did God decree to Adam?
A. God the Creator from the very beginning
placed His creation under natural law, to
know, to love and to respect Him from all
their heart and all their mind, and in like
manner, He placed Adam under the same law,
so that he may not err and forget God, his Creator.
95. Q. What law did God decree to Adam?
A. A very simple law, namely, He commanded him
to eat of all the fruit-bearing trees in paradise,
but not to eat; of'the tree: of knowledge
of good and evil (Gen, 2:17).
96. Q. Did Adam observe the command?
A. No, his wife Eve first ate, of the fruit and
she made Adam also eat thereof (Gen. 3:6-13).
97.Q. What punishment did God decree to Adam
for disobeying His command?
A. In breaking God's command Adam committed
sin, and the decree was death to him and to
his descendants. He was expelled from paradise,
for since he had sinned he could not
remain in that holy place.
98. Q. Did Adam also harden His heart against God as did satan?
A. No Adam confessed his sin, and repented
with r sorrow saying: “The woman whom you
gave to be with me, she gave of the
fruit of the tree, and I did eat” (Gen. 3:12.).
99. Q. Does that mean that though Adam confessed
and reptented his sin, yet God did not forgive him?'
A. No, God is the source of mercy and is
always willing to listen to a true repentant
and to forgive his offences and his sins, He,
therefore, in His goodness and great mercies
promised redemption and forgiveness to the
deseendants of Adam by the dispensation of
the second Adam, his son in the flesh.
100. Q. Who is the second Adam by whom God
promised to effect this foi'giveness and salva-
tion for the children of Adam?
A. The second Adam is Christ, the Son of God
as it is written: "For the law was weak
through the weakness of the flesh, so God
sent His Son in the likeness of sinful flesh,
in order to condemn sin by means, of His
flesh (Romans 8:3.), and (He) abolished in
his flesh the enemity (sin).....(Ephe. 2:15).
101. Q. Where from did the Word of God take
flesh whereby He suffered sorrow and death
for the salvation of the race of the first Adam?
A. He took it from the race of, the first Adam,
namely, from the Virgin Mary, the daughter
of David and daughter of Abraham, and
by the power of the Holy Spirit, man was
moulded in the bosom of the Virgin Mary,
and the Word of God dwelt in and united
with man which was in the flesh and there-
by suffered; death for the salvation of mankind.
102. Q, Does that mean that the Word of God
which is the Son of God, the Father was
sent for the salvation of Adam and his
descendants from the sin committed in
breaking the first command of God?
A. Yes, by the first Adam we became mortals,
and by the “last Adam a quickening spirit"
(I. Cor. 15:45). And as we have put on the
likeness of him who was from the earth,
likewise we shall put on the likeness of Him
who was from heaven (I. Cor. 15:49). In the
words of St. John the Apostle: "He who
believes in the Son has life, and he who
shall not obey the Son shall not see life,
but the wrath of God shall remain on him" (John 3:36).
103. Q. Does this, then mean that by M'shikha
(Messiah) the last Adam, the children of the
first Adam obtained eternal life?
A. Yes, Christ said: "I have come that they
might have life, and have it abundantly"
(John 10:10). He also promised us inheri-
tance in the kingdom of God, His Father
(John 1:12; Gal. 4:5-8; Born. 8:15-17).