in his dealings with human beings, God has been the betrayed one.

Although that image has indeed been marred by sin, His image is still present in humanity.

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The Garden of Eden.This is the story of the heavens and the earth at their creation. When the L God made the earth and the heavens—there was no field shrub on earth and no grass of the field had sprouted, for the L God had sent no rain upon the earth and there was no man to till the ground,but a stream was welling up out of the earth and watering all the surface of the ground—then the L God formed the man out of the dust of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

Human life is only holy in the sense of being “set apart” from all other life created by God.

Becoming Like God - The Church of Jesus Christ of …

2. God creates humanity with the ability to choose (Gen 1:27). This is what people often call “free will”. But what do we mean by this? We are not free to choose anything like God is, we are always constrained by things beyond our control. For example given the choice of brussel sprouts and brocolli I will always choose brocolli because I hate sprouts. My hatred of sprouts is not something I choose but is part of who I am. My hatred may be the result of genetics or the environment or my experience but I have no control over it. This is a trivial example but highlights that point that I am free to choose but only within the constraints of who I am and the circumstances I find myself in. This is the nature of being human.

The only reason the sanctity of life applies to humanity is the fact that God created us in His image and set us apart from all other forms of life.

* [] : since they do not die as soon as they eat from the forbidden tree, the meaning seems to be that human beings have become mortal, destined to die by virtue of being human.

Pre-Adamic man: were there human beings on Earth before Adam

The renewal of humanity in Jesus Christ restores both woman and man to the divine image. On Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was poured out upon both men and women directly in accord with the prophecy of Joel (Acts 2:1-18; see also Acts 1:12-14). In the community of faith, Gentiles have the same status as Jews, slaves as free, and women as men (2 Corinthians 6:18). They are called to live in unity with each other (Galatians 3:25-28) and in mutual subjection to each other (Ephesians 5:21-6:9).

The Problem of Human Suffering - Does God Exist?

We believe that God created human beings with an ability to choose to obey or to disobey the word of God (Genesis 2:15-17). Humanity has been created with the freedom to choose the bond of a covenant relationship with God or to choose bondage to sin (Romans 6:16-18). We are genuinely free only when we live in covenant with God and in conformity to God's will.

Genesis 2:24 - United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

[A further discussion on can be found on our page on .] The contains a complete name or description of the religion: Mazdayasno Zarathushtrish Vidaevo Ahura-Tkaesho meaning Zarathushtrian Mazda-Worship opposed to the daeva through the laws of the Lord (Ahura).

In ancient inscriptions there is scant use of Zarathushtra's name. Since other religions are commonly ascribed to a person, non-Zoroastrians are puzzled by the lack of use of Zoroaster's name. The covenants made by Zoroastrians in prayer are to a belief and to a way of life - not to a person. Zoroastrians hold that a religion focused on a person is a cult rather than a religion based on spiritual, personal and societal development. Zoroastrianism is a way of being and is not focused on the personage of Zarathushtra (also spelt Zarathustra).

We will use the name 'Zoroastrianism' in these pages since it is the common English language name for the religion.

1 Thus the heavens and the earth and all their array were completed

The Amesha Spentas (amesha meaning eternal or ageless & spenta meaning brilliance, enlightenment and beneficence) are also ideals to which humans can aspire (also see Way of Life in the and above). Possessing Amesha Spenta qualities does not make humans god-like. Possessing these qualities means being in harmony with God's work.