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Comment: What are some messages you get from this account of creation?

Take a look at the first creation story, Genesis 1:1-2:4a (The Message)

 1-2 First this: God created the Heavens and Earth—all you see, all you don’t see. Earth was a soup of nothingness, a bottomless emptiness, an inky blackness. God’s Spirit brooded like a bird above the watery abyss.

3-5 God spoke: “Light!”
 And light appeared.
 God saw that light was good
 and separated light from dark.
 God named the light Day,
 he named the dark Night.
 It was evening, it was morning—
 Day One.

6-8 God spoke: “Sky! In the middle of the waters;
 separate water from water!”
 God made sky.
 He separated the water under sky
 from the water above sky.
 And there it was:
 he named sky the Heavens;
 It was evening, it was morning—
 Day Two.

9-10 God spoke: “Separate!
 Water-beneath-Heaven, gather into one place;
 Land, appear!”
 And there it was.
 God named the land Earth.
 He named the pooled water Ocean.
 God saw that it was good.

11-13 God spoke: “Earth, green up! Grow all varieties
 of seed-bearing plants,
 Every sort of fruit-bearing tree.”
 And there it was.
 Earth produced green seed-bearing plants,
 all varieties,
 And fruit-bearing trees of all sorts.
 God saw that it was good.
 It was evening, it was morning—
 Day Three.

14-15 God spoke: “Lights! Come out!
 Shine in Heaven’s sky!
 Separate Day from Night.
 Mark seasons and days and years,
 Lights in Heaven’s sky to give light to Earth.”
 And there it was.

16-19 God made two big lights, the larger
 to take charge of Day,
 The smaller to be in charge of Night;
 and he made the stars.
 God placed them in the heavenly sky
 to light up Earth
 And oversee Day and Night,
 to separate light and dark.
 God saw that it was good.
 It was evening, it was morning—
 Day Four.

20-23 God spoke: “Swarm, Ocean, with fish and all sea life!
 Birds, fly through the sky over Earth!”
 God created the huge whales,
 all the swarm of life in the waters,
 And every kind and species of flying birds.
 God saw that it was good.
 God blessed them: “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Ocean!
 Birds, reproduce on Earth!”
 It was evening, it was morning—
 Day Five.

24-25 God spoke: “Earth, generate life! Every sort and kind:
 cattle and reptiles and wild animals—all kinds.”
 And there it was:
 wild animals of every kind,
 Cattle of all kinds, every sort of reptile and bug.
 God saw that it was good.

26-28 God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them
 reflecting our nature
 So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea,
 the birds in the air, the cattle,
 And, yes, Earth itself,
 and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.”
 God created human beings;
 he created them godlike,
 Reflecting God’s nature.
 He created them male and female.
 God blessed them:
 “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge!
 Be responsible for fish in the sea and birds in the air,
 for every living thing that moves on the face of Earth.”

29-30 Then God said, “I’ve given you
 every sort of seed-bearing plant on Earth
 And every kind of fruit-bearing tree,
 given them to you for food.
 To all animals and all birds,
 everything that moves and breathes,
 I give whatever grows out of the ground for food.”
 And there it was.

31 God looked over everything he had made;
 it was so good, so very good!
 It was evening, it was morning—
 Day Six.

2 Heaven and Earth were finished,
 down to the last detail.

2-4 By the seventh day
 God had finished his work.
 On the seventh day
 he rested from all his work.
 God blessed the seventh day.
 He made it a Holy Day
 Because on that day he rested from his work,
 all the creating God had done.

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  • Michael L.

    I have always liked the part about humanity being created in the image of God, a very noble image of humanity. But like you say, Kay, we haven't lived up to that "image" very well. I do also like the emphasis on everything being good.

    1 · June 10, 2014

    • Richard E Z.

      I am saying that to keep repeating stories about a human oriented God creating earth for man is highly improbable based on all we now know about the earth, solar system, galaxies and universe. Man needs to develop the ability to care for others without a supernatural being to supervise. Unfortunately not much progress has occurred on that front.

      June 11, 2014

    • Kay R.

      I guess what I was trying to say, Dick, is that I don't see the Creation myth the same way you do - as defining a human oriented god creating earth for mankind. i interpret it rather as an invitation to humankind to join God in love for its goodness. To see it through God's eyes. That could extend to other worlds, galaxies, universes as well. According to the text, that appreciation is manifested best by care for all that is created by God - the real meaning of "dominion," here translated as "be responsible." It's not supervision if it is an awareness, a love that comes from within.

      June 12, 2014

  • Kay R.

    Mike, as I reflect on Dick's observation, I'm finding it doesn't minimize for me the role of human beings on this planet we call home. And perhaps there are beings on other worlds in the universe, also created in God's image, who have been given the same kind of responsibility. If so, I hope they are doing a better job of it!

    June 11, 2014

    • Michael L.

      I am humbled by the size of the universe but it doesn't make me feel any less significant in the context of the life in which I find myself. I guess if ants realized how insignificant they are in the larger context of things, they would stop building colonies because, what's the point?

      1 · June 11, 2014

  • Kay R.

    Dick, perhaps we ought to expand that thought of Carl Sagan's to include multiple universes, still being created! The insignificance of us in the whole scheme of. things is then even more profound. Except in the heart of God, who - I believe - loves ALL God has created. The Genesis myth says this in poetic ways, in the language of Ancient Near East cosmology, and yet it still speaks to me within my much different time and worldview. I don't find it contradictory, because I don't expect the Bible to function as a science textbook.

    June 11, 2014

  • Kay R.

    One message: that all started out as good, and that God intends continued goodness and blessing for all that God created. We human beings have certainly dropped the ball on that one, haven't we?! That's another message: that we've been given a role as "keepers" of God's good creation. O my.

    1 · June 9, 2014

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