Torrey - 1.2- The Original Moral Condition of Man

II. THE ORIGINAL INTELLECTUAL AND MORAL CONDITION OF MAN. Genesis 2:19 — "And out of the ground the LORD God formed every best of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them; and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof." Genesis 1:28 — "And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth."

First Proposition: Man was created with sufficient intellectual capacity to give names to all living creatures and to have dominion over them.

Man was not created a savage, but a being with lofty intellectual powers.

Whatever truth there may be in the doctrine of evolution as applied within limits to the animal world, that truth breaks down when applied to man. It contradicts not only Scripture, but the known facts of history. The development of man from an originally low order of intellectual beings closely resembling the ape is a figment of unbridled imagination falsely dubbed science. There is absolutely not one fact to sustain it. The first view we get of man is of a being of splendid intellectual powers. Genesis 3:1-6 — "Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat." Romans 5:12,14 — "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned .... Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come." ( Ecclesiastes 7:29.)

Second Proposition: Man was not created a sinner, but sin entered into the world through man by his conscious and voluntary choice.