In the second place, if Gen.1:26,27 is not literally true, then various other texts of Scripture, and the truths they contain, are profoundly affected. Eccl.7:29 says: “Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.” When God made Adam, he made him upright; morally upright, that is. This perfectly harmonises with Gen.1:26,27. But if man evolved from a “lower primate”, then he is merely an animal, no different from the beasts; he is then certainly not morally upright, made in the image of God, after his likeness!
1 Cor.11:7 says: “For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.” This verse is founded squarely on the doctrine contained in Gen.1:26,27. If the Genesis text is not literally true, then what Paul declares in 1 Cor.11:7 cannot be true either! It means either that the Word of God is not divinely inspired, or if it is, that God lied, in both the Old and the New Testaments, when he declared, through Moses and Paul, that he made man in his own image. The Christian will readily see that the Genesis text is absolutely essential, and that it must mean exactly what it says.
The same is true of Col.3:9,10: “Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him”. Again, this is a reference to Gen.1:26,27.
Another doctrine is affected as well: that of the head covering in public worship. For Paul writes in 1 Cor.11:7 that the man is not to cover his head in public worship, precisely because he is the image and glory of God — according to Gen.1:26,27. It is the reason for this divine instruction given through Paul. If the man was not the image and glory of God, it would not matter; but because he is, he must be bare-headed in public worship. Some would consider this to be a minor matter; but the Lord has spoken on it, and therefore it is not minor. It is his will, and this doctrine of uncovering the head is grounded in what took place in Genesis 1 and 2.
Let us consider, next, Gen.2:20-24. First, we are told that “for Adam there was not found an help meet for him,” in vs.20. Then, in vss.21 and 22, as given at the beginning of this article, the making of Eve from one of Adam’s ribs is described. Finally, vss. 23 and 24 say: “And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.” Again, consider the serious implications, if this passage of Scripture is not literally true. It profoundly affects various other Scriptures, and the doctrines they set forth.
For example, 1 Cor.11:7-9: “For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man. For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.” This entire passage is grounded upon Gen.2:21-24. “The woman is the glory of the man” (vs.7) – for she was made from one of his ribs. “The man is not of the woman” (vs.8) – he was made first, from the dust of the ground; “but the woman of the man” (vs.8) – she was made from him. “Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man” (vs.9) – as an help meet for him. Thus we find that, if Gen.2:20-24 is not literally true, then neither is the doctrine of the woman’s subjection to the man, as an help meet for him; for it is rooted in the creation of the woman from the man, in Genesis 2. And, once again, it would mean either that the Word of God is not divinely inspired, or, if it is, that God lied. How terrible if either of these were true! Blessed be the Lord, neither one is. His Word is divinely inspired, and in it he has revealed nothing but the plain truth.
Another example of a Scripture passage that is grounded solidly on Gen.2:20-24 is 1 Tim.2:11-13: “Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed, then Eve.” Here Paul, in forbidding women to teach in the Christian assemblies, or even to speak in them (compare with 1 Cor.14:34,35), or to usurp authority over the men in them, gives as one of the two reasons for this, “For Adam was first formed, then Eve.” His prohibitions were rooted in the order of creation, as described in Gen.2:20-24. It is no coincidence that, in denominations where theological liberals, who deny the Genesis account of the creation of Adam and Eve, are in positions of power and influence, women are either being ordained as “ministers”, or there are strong moves in that direction. For if one mocks and rejects the words of Paul, “Adam was first formed, then Eve”, holding them to be nothing more than the words of a less scientifically enlightened soul, then one is mocking and rejecting Gen.2:20-24; and if one can reject these words, then it naturally follows that those other words of Paul, concerning the woman’s place in the public assembly, will be rejected as well; for Paul gave those instructions, by divine inspiration, in the light of the order of the creation of Adam and Eve, as set forth in Genesis.