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The creation of the world
The creation of human beings
God and humanity
The loyalty test
Breakup and hope
God likes company. It does not mean that He feels
alone, but that He loves to be in contact with other
beings. He decided to create a new race of beings to
love them and be loved by them.
He prepared a home for them, He lovingly molded
them, and He taught them how to live happily with Him.
This is our story. We could have lived happily ever
In the account of Creation in Genesis 1:1-2:3, God is
not trying to prove that He created Earth or how He
made life begin on it. He just states that He did it.
Obviously, no human being saw it, so believing that
God did it is a matter of faith (Hebrews 11:3).
A well-known scientist (some say it was Bertrand Russell) once gave a
public lecture on astronomy. And an old lady got up and said that the world
is a flat plate supported on the back of a tortoise. The scientist replied,
“What is the tortoise standing on?” “It’s turtles all the way down!”, said the
old lady. She sincerely believed that, but she had no evidence at all.
God does not request blind faith from us. He has left proof of an
intelligent design in Creation, so that we have evidence to believe if we
“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He
created him; male and female He created them.” (Genesis 1:27)
Once our home was ready, God molded the first man
with His own hands. Then, He also molded the first
woman (Gn. 2:7, 22).
That was God’s last work in Creation. Now,
everything was “very good” (Gn. 1:31).
Human beings are unique. They were created in a
different way, and they were the only beings created
“in the image of God.” What does that mean?
Our Creator is reflected in our physical, mental, and spiritual nature
We are able to have a relationship with God and to make moral decisions
Both men and women share that divine image. They are equal before God
(1 Corinthians 11:12)
E.G.W. (Patriarchs and Prophets, cp. 2, p. 46)
“Then God blessed them, and God said to
them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth
and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of
the sea, over the birds of the air, and over
every living thing that moves on the earth.”
What do God’s blessing and instructions for
Adam and Eve in Genesis 1:28-30 involve?
God took the first step to have a
relationship with humankind. He blessed
them, and He also entrusted them with
everything He had created.
This relationship grew over time as God
used to “walk in the garden” every
evening (Genesis 3:8).
They were able to reproduce
as a species
They were assigned a task: to
take care of Creation
They were given a suitable
They depended on God’s
blessing and care
They had everything they
needed. They didn’t have to
do anything to deserve it
“but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat,
for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” (Genesis 2:17)
Successful relationships must be based on mutual
trust. Therefore, God chose a simple loyalty test:
“You may eat from every tree, but this one
belongs to me, do not eat its fruit.”
After humans betrayed God’s trust, they knew what
evil is. As a result, they succumbed to alienation,
loneliness, frustration, and death.
Our relationship with God will be effective and
long-lasting only if we choose to accept His will.
God gave humans the ability to freely make moral decisions, and an innate
desire to obey Him. So that test was not difficult to pass.
“And the Lord God said to the woman, ‘What is this
you have done?’ The woman said, ‘The serpent
deceived me, and I ate.’” (Genesis 3:13)
If Satan had come to Eve with his actual physical appearance, she would
have been suspicious. Therefore, he used a being that was familiar to
deceive her (Gn. 3:1). However, Adam was not deceived; he consciously
make his decision to eat from the fruit (Gn. 3:6; 1Tim. 2:14). What were
the consequences of this?
with God and
Although the relationship was broken, God gave them hope: one of Eve’s descendants
would defeat sin and restore their broken relationship with Him (Gn. 3:15).
“To man the first intimation of redemption was
communicated in the sentence pronounced upon
Satan in the garden (Genesis 3:15). This
sentence, uttered in the hearing of our first
parents, was to them a promise. While it
foretold war between man and Satan, it
declared that the power of the great adversary
would finally be broken […] Though they must
suffer from the power of their mighty foe, they
could look forward to final victory.”
E.G.W. (Patriarchs and Prophets, cp. 4, p. 65)
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