God created humans
God created our souls in his own image then breathed us into our earthly vessels or what we call bodies.
Genesis 1: 27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female….”
God formed the body from raw materials found on earth. He did it in an exceedingly clever way. Every part of our body comes from some element found on earth. He formed our bodies literally from dust.
Genesis 2:7 Then the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground. He breathed the breath of life into the man’s nostrils, and the man became a living person.
Man and the Continuing Creation
Genesis 1:28 (NLT) …”Be fruitful and multiply..”
Instead of forming new bodies from the dust every time that God wanted to make another human, God made the living bodies have the seeds (gametes) to create brand new bodies! He made sure that both man and woman make the body so that they can co-own the growing young body. They became co-caretakers of His most precious creation’s body. Its a clever combination of all factors involved.
Creation of a new human body starts when the gametes from both male and female come together merging their DNA’s into one DNA and form a single cell that has it’s own identity ready to multiply. Egg + Sperm = Zygote.
I believe, as the baby’s body is formed and starts growing, somewhere in the embryonic stage, God breaths in the soul so that the body becomes a living person. This is supported by Genesis 2:7.
Maintaining the body healthy and functional is our main business today. I believe that God had initially intended to directly provide for our physical bodies while we lived in the paradise.
Genesis:2:9 (NIV) The LORD God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground–trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food…
After Adams and Eve rebelled, God passed that responsibility to us.
Genesis 3:19 By the sweat of your face You will eat bread, Till you return to the ground, Because from it you were taken; For you are dust, And to dust you shall return
I am used to hearing people say that a person has died! We don’t die but our bodies die. When the body dies, the soul goes back to God who gave it in the first place. Ecclesiastes 12:7 (NIV) and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.
When the soul leaves the body, life in the body ends. The body decays and returns to the earth (dust).