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Man was created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26,27). Even though that image was badly marred by sin, it is still a part of man's nature (James 3:9), in contrast with the nature of animals. Man still has a moral and spiritual capacity, as well as many other attributes not present in the animals (abstract thought, esthetic sense, etc.). The marred image can therefore be made new again when a man becomes a new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). Through faith in Christ and His redeeming work on the cross, he "puts off" his "old man" (Colossians 3:9) and "puts on a new man," much as one would discard old clothing and don new clothing.
KJV Defenders Study Bible, by Dr. Henry Morris, Ph.D.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
DEF 10 ISBN 0-529-10444-x
DEF 10-1 ISBN 0-529-10445-8