Doctrine of Humanity

Humanity is the crowning work of Creation, made in God’s image “both in outward resemblance and in character” ( Gen. 1:26 , 27 ; PP 45; GC 645). Believing in Creation, Seventh-day Adventists reject the theory that human beings evolved by slow degrees from the lower forms of life. They hold that the evolutionary philosophy “lowers the great work of the Creator” to the level of humanity’s “narrow earthly conceptions” and that evolutionists degrade humans, and defraud them of the dignity of their origin ( PP 45). In their original state, man and woman possessed the possibility of unending life and continuous advancement. Their natural tendency was to live in harmony with the Creator’s will and purpose for them. But human beings fell from their high estate and became mortal a...

From the Seventh-day Adventist Encyclopedia. Published with permission from the Review and Herald Publishing Association.