Adam was created in the image of God. However, most Christians failed to realize that he lost that image when he sinned against God. And now the image of God is only given to those who have been saved through Christ Jesus, and hence acquired the spiritual nature.
A lot of God’s promises and physical dealings with the people in the Old Testament are very different from us Gentiles.
Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Genesis 5:3 And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth:
It states that if we were to be lost in sin, then we are not the children of God until we are saved! So to be precise, the sinners are carrying the image of Adam; our forefathers, not God.
From 1 Corinthians 15:47 and 2 Corinthians 4:4, both are clear proof of evidence that unless we receive Jesus Christ as our personal savior, we won’t be given the image of God.
According to dispensationalism, a lot of God’s dealings with Israel were physical, including their blessings, His promises for them, and the Kingdom as well. All of that switched to Spiritual when God dealt with the Gentiles.
This completely debunks Replacement Theology; that we are a replacement of Physical Israel. Biblically, we have not replaced Israel in any way, God’s dealings with them will continue in the Tribulation.
In Genesis 4:8, we could see that Satan immediately tried to ruin men’s seed, he was setting up to destroy mankind.
Genesis 6:1 And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them.
Satan was trying to create his own seed, to overrun men. His method was basically attempting to intermingle with human beings and crossbreed with their seeds.
Based on these few contexts at that time, God was judging men’s’ salvation based on their conscience, not by faith, because Jesus had yet to come to earth and to be crucified on the cross. Men’s conscience was so messed up, and they were lost in sin. That’s why God wanted to damn all of them to hell. Nonetheless, Noah was the exception, as he followed conscience, and he found grace in the eyes of the Lord. Therefore, God favored Noah with his Grace.
This grace has raised a lot of controversial argument among Christians of different denominations, that Noah and mankind back then was saved only by Grace. Nonetheless, that’s untrue because God’s grace is carried from the beginning till the end, that none of us deserves.
Genesis 6:9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.
But Noah actually walked with God and followed his conscience, which most of us will never be able to completely achieve.
Romans 2:13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
Men are justified before God if they would do and follow the Law, the Law can be contained in their conscience, and their hearts.
So for people who argue that what would God do to those who have never heard of his gospel. He would simply judge by their conscience.
However, after Jesus came to earth and died for us, people then have been delivered with the gospel of Christ, then God would judge them based on their belief in the gospel, as well as their faith in Christ Jesus.
In Genesis 9:3, the second covenant of God with mankind was faith and works. This is different from His first covenant with mankind, which is only to not eat the forbidden fruit in order to preserve one’s salvation.
These 9 chapters have shown that God’s dealings and His covenants have changed over time. God realized if solely based on conscience, men would fail miserably, so He had to apply some form of law of governmental system.
Satan was using humans to intermingle with one another, with the same sex, and with fallen angels to create a unified mess. This explains some of the myths and fossils of mixed parts of human beings and animals.
Jude 1:6-7 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.
This explains why God instituted fear and segregation in between men and animal, because these two verses mentioned that in the beginning men and strange flesh intermingled and created a huge mess. God did not implant segregation to create hatred and racism, he realized that because the unity of mankind led to evil doings rather than righteousness, and God had to forbid because it was not according to His will.