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In the Beginning, God Created - Gen 1:1-2:3 PDF Print E-mail
Written by John Tsang   
Wednesday, 03 May 2017 08:41

 

Genesis is foundational in many ways. It tells the story of God creating the heavens and the earth (which is a short form meaning everything), plants and animals, and finally, humanity in His image.

 

Over the past 100-150 years, science has emerged as the definitive determination of truth. As a result, many have read Genesis through the lens of science and asked ‘how’ questions. How God created is not specifically detailed in Genesis 1. The repetition of phrases, the cadence, and rhythm of the creation story leads us to conclude that Genesis 1 is more of a poem or a song of creation than a detailed specific explanation of how the universe and life began. Genesis ultimately provides answers to “who”, “why”, and “what creation is for” questions, more so than how.

 

First, we affirm that in the beginning, GOD created. There are also enough clues that the three persons of the Trinity were present and active in creation. Genesis is a declaration that life did not happen accidentally; there was intelligence, there was design, and there was reason (logos) behind life.

 

Secondly, we affirm that creation was good. When we compare Genesis to other creation stories in which human beings were created to be slaves of gods or created as the result of vengeance between warring gods; the affirmation that creation is good stands unique. It reflects the nature of the Creator, God is good. The fact that creation is good also gives us a theological basis to participate in caring for creation.

 

Thirdly, we affirm that humanity was created in the image of God. Like human parents who desire to have children; God created humanity so that we can enter into a relationship with Him. We are loved by God, created to be in relationship with others, and entrusted with the stewardship of God’s created world. Then, the climax of creation on day 7 - enjoyment, rest, worship, and Sabbath.

 

Peace and grace, John

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 May 2017 11:33