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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. — Genesis 1:26

Not a Flawed Design

We Christians are overly sensitive in reacting to the argument that a good God would not allow evil to infect creation.

Was there a flaw in the design? Consider the lives of the first humans. The Larger Catechism’s description states that they had a nurturing environment. Our first parents were perfectly placed in a garden ideally suited to their needs and purpose (Genesis 1:26–31). They enjoyed employment for which they were perfectly equipped. They were given what has been called the cultural mandate—a mandate that all human culture still shares—to be fruitful through the bearing and nurturing of children and to care for the land. Work fulfilled the joy of accomplishing praise to the Creator. Genesis 1:28 exults in the high calling of humanity.

In this Bible you will find many references to the Westminster Confession of Faith (1646) and Larger and Shorter Catechisms because they are one of the most comprehensive explanations of the faith in Christian history.