Outline for “Culture in Biblical Perspective”

II. THE UNFALLEN ADAM: IMAGE OF GOD AND THEREFORE HOMO COLENS

Adam God’s image in every respect – spiritually, materially, culturally:  in (w)holiness, in knowledge, and in righteousness.   Unfallen man thus law-abiding in respect of the cosmic implications of all Ten Commandments.   The covenant of works and the cultural mandate – decalogical, imperative, and comprehensive (Gen. 1:28 cf. Hos. 6:7-11).   Man created with indestructible continued existence yet losable life, so that by God’s grace he could attain to unlosable life by cultivating and guarding as a developer and protector.  Gold and onyxstone imply mining and adorning.   Name-giving to animals (etc.) implies care, science and poetry. God "to make" (le‘asoth at Gen. 2:3-25), through man multiplying for the cultural reward especially of everlasting life-and-sabbath after his diesseitige cultural labours.   Summary.