1.3 - Creation (Creation in Genesis 1:1 to 2:3 (In this account, God…
1.3 - Creation
Creation in Genesis 1:1 to 2:3
In this account, God created the universe in 6 days and rested on the 7th.
Day 1: heavens, earth, light, dark
Day 2: water, sky
Day 3: land, plants
Day 4: sun, moon, stars
Day 5: fish, birds
Day 6: land, animals, humans
Day 7: rest
John 1 describes the role of the Word (Jesus) in the process of creation.
Catholics believe God created the universe and only God has the power to do this.
There are 2 accounts of creation in Genesis.
Creation in Genesis 2:4 to 3:23
said Adam and Eve could eat fruit from all the trees but one.
said if Adam and Eve ate the fruit form the tree of knowledge of good and evil, they would have to leave the garden.
Adam and Eve
were tempted by the snake to each the fruit from the forbidden tree.
became afraid and hid from God
had to leave the garden
Divergent Christian interpretations
The creation accounts are an exact retelling of what actually happened - a 'word for word' truth.
Genesis is a historical and scientific account
This view is often called "creationism"
A metaphorical interpretation
The Creation accounts are symbolic, sacred stories
Genesis is a meditation on the nature and purpose of the universe
Thus view incorporates modern science
Most Catholics have this point of view
Significance for Catholics
Creation is significant as it reveals 4 key characteristics of God:
God as benevolent: "God saw that the light was good (Genesis 1:4)
God as omnipotent: "Let the waters...be gathered" (Genesis 1:9)
God as creator: "Let there be light" (Genesis 1:3)
God as eternal: "In the beginning was the Word" (John 1:1)