The Creation of Man

The Creation of Man
Man Before the World Was

The scriptures are clear that there is a creative process that God used in which we became his children and this process is what created us. Since we are eternal beings, and have no beginning or end, I have to assume that creative process did something to graduate our existence from one state (a state without God) to another state (a state with God).

Moses 3:5 "And I, the Lord God, had created all the children of men; and not yet a man to till the ground; for in heaven created I them; and there was not yet flesh upon the earth, neither in the water, neither in the air;"

Moses 6:51 "And he called upon our father Adam by his own voice, saying: I am God; I made the world, and men before they were in the flesh."

D&C 76:24 "That by him, and through him, and of him, the worlds are and were created, and the inhabitants thereof are begotten sons and daughters unto God."

We are created in God’s image.

Gen 1:26 "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth."

As far as I know there is not a single piece of scripture that details what our existence was like before God organized our intelligences/spirits together. I know that without God we are nothing. There is no existence, there is no Earth. There is no creation.

2 Nephi 2:13 "And if ye shall say there is no law, ye shall also say there is no sin. If ye shall say there is no sin, ye shall also say there is no righteousness. And if there be no righteousness there be no happiness. And if there be no righteousness nor happiness there be no punishment nor misery. And if these things are not there is no God. And if there is no God we are not, neither the earth; for there could have been no creation of things, neither to act nor to be acted upon; wherefore, all things must have vanished away."

From Lehi’s words I understand that existence without God is nothing. “All things must have vanished away,” there is no choice to make, there is nothing to act on or to be acted upon. We are nothing. Without form. Without being. Without purpose. Without life.

The process through which we became God’s children created us in His image, gave us purpose, and gave us choice.

What I do know is that our spiritual bodies resemble our physical bodies.

D&C 77:2 "That which is spiritual being in the likeness of that which is temporal; and that which is temporal in the likeness of that which is spiritual; the spirit of man in the likeness of his person, as also the spirit of the beast, and every other creature which God has created."

And that Jesus is in the exact likeness of the Father.

John 14:9 "Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?"

Joseph Smith says in the Wentworth letter account of the First Vision that the Father and Christ "exactly resembled each other in features, and likeness."

So, I have to ask then, did Christ always exactly resemble the Father? Or did his spirit change at some point to become an exact resemblance of the Father? What does it mean for us, since we are created in the image of God? Do our physical bodies take on the shape of our spirits or do our spirits influence the shape of our bodies?

This may be inconsequential, but to the discussion I don’t think so. Because it’s not only man’s spirit that resembles his physical form. It is all the beasts as well. Did God simply find spirits that looked like dogs and then craft the physical form of dogs to resemble the spirit or did he first create the spiritual form of the dog and then the physical form takes on the likeness of the spirit? I think the latter is true, based on what we learn in Moses 3:5.

Whatever form our spirits were in before God is meaningless. Because without God, we are meaningless, all things are meaningless. So whether we were just intelligences or spirits doesn’t matter. They might as well be the same thing, but that hardly matters. According to scripture there is a creative process by which God creates us in his likeness, you can’t deny that. It’s plain to see. According to scripture our spiritual body is in the likeness of our physical body and vice versa. The same is true for all living things.

I very much believe that God had the principle hand in the design of our physical and spiritual attributes. No one can say by what process it is, but there is a process. And that process changed us from an existence that was not in the image of God to an existence that is in the image of God. And without that process we are nothing.