Gen 1:26-31 NHEBJE God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the sky, and over the livestock, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
(27) God created man in his own image. In God’s image he created him; male and female he created them. (28) God blessed them. God said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth, and subdue it. Have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the sky, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
(29) God said, “Behold, I have given you every herb yielding seed, which is on the surface of all the earth, and every tree, which bears fruit yielding seed. It will be your food.
(30) To every animal of the earth, and to every bird of the sky, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food;” and it was so.
(31) God saw everything that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. There was evening and there was morning, a sixth day.
Readings from Scriptures:
Readings from Scriptures: Genesis – Story of creation 3 Genesis 2:1-15 Story of Adam and Eve
Readings from Scriptures: Genesis – Story of creation 4 Genesis 2:16-25 Warning for Adam and Eve
The very very beginning 3 Messiah’s total point of origination
Readings from Scriptures: Genesis – Story of creation 4 Genesis 3:1-13 The fall
Readings from Scriptures: Genesis – Story of creation 4 Genesis 3:14-24 consequneces of the fall and solution
- An anarchistic reading of the Bible (2) – Creation and what follows (thinkingpacifism.net)
Remarkably, this creator God speaks of human beings (male and female) being created in God’s own image. There humanity is commissioned to care for the rest of creation as God’s stewards. This picture connects with both of our key anarchistic factors. The relationship between God and humanity is not one of domination, command-and-obedience. It is rather a relationship of like with like. God is not Other; rather, humans are created to be like God. And, perhaps even more importantly, the picture here is that all humanity shares in this divine image—kingly, perhaps, but in a strongly egalitarian sense. As well, human beings are given power and responsibility.The anarchistic notion that all human beings naturally have an inclination to connect with each other, to live meaningful lives, to exercise power effectively, has strong grounding in this original picture of the creation of human beings. The notation, “male and female,” has powerful meaning in undermining patriarchy. However, its implications can be broadened—by denying one of humanity’s most fundamental bases for hierarchy (sexual), it denies other bases for hierarchy as well.
- Whatever You Do, Work Heartily (stream.org)
People have envisioned heaven, not primarily as a state of conscious enjoyment of God, but rest from their work. As a result, it has been difficult to form societies that consistently value the quality of work. There is pressure to get as much as we can in wages while working as little as possible. Greedy masters demean workers as they demand much and repay little. This tends toward cutting corners and poor quality work, as well as poor quality relationships between employers and employees.
- Sloganeering (efcgraceblog.wordpress.com)
- Where is Light (divinedirection.typepad.com)
Unfortunately, after the creation of light in Genesis, we had this problem in the garden called the fall of man, where Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden fruit, thus disobeying God.
- The Rest of Your Story (christianmommameditations.wordpress.com)
God knew Adam needed company, so he created the perfect partner, a woman. Adam and Eve knew no fear, no shame – only love and devotion to their Creator.
- Adam and Eve are Ancient “Archetypes” (jacksonwu.org)
Adam bears this representative status as the “image of God” (language found in other ancient documents besides the Bible). This imagery indicates that Adam has royal authority to govern over God’s creation.In other words, “image of God” highlights humanity’s function and calling.
- God’s Creation (myspiritualbreakfast.com)
But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you.
- What does the Church teach about Origins (Creation)? (veneremurcernui.wordpress.com)
A priest the other night handed out a nice summary of some (most?) of the major magisterial statements regarding the Creation of the world and mankind, evolution, and allied topics. The list ultimately comes from the Kolbe Center so it’s definitely strongly on the side of literal understandings of Genesis I-X and the creation history contained therein.
God created everything “in its whole substance” from nothing (ex nihilo) in the beginning (Lateran IV; Vatican I)Genesis does not contain purified myths (Binding statement from Pontifical Biblical Commission in 1909)Genesis contains real history – it gives an account of things that really happened (Pius XII)
Adam and Eve were real human beings – the first parents of all mankind (Pius XII)
Polygenism (many “first parents” generally required by evolution) contradicts Scripture and Tradition and is condemned (Pius XII; 1994 Catechism)
The “beginning” of the world included the creation of all things, the creation of Adam and Even and the Fall (Jesus Christ Mark X:6 Pope Innocent III, Blessed Pius IX Ineffabilis Deus)
- Manifesto 2.3 by Emily Lewin (brightideascollective.com)
God brings all of the animals to Adam and has him name them all. I wonder if the birds were last and Adam had to start getting really creative: pelican, toucan, kakapoo, parrot. The point is, naming your creation is a significant part of the creation process. I often have a hard time naming my songs, or even my articles, because finding the right name that adequately sums up and communicates what I’ve created is challenging. It’s hard to imagine creating something as intricately made as a bird and then giving it to someone else to name. Did Adam merely take one look at a small creature with wings, feathers, a beak, and eyes in the sides of it’s head and think, “you should be called bird.”? Or do you think he had to ponder, see the bird fly around, and hear it’s song before landing on a name?
- Gnostic Salvation And Rebellion Against God’s Law (hammeringshield.wordpress.com)
For Gnostic Christians, the story of salvation is the story of human beings learning of their true position in the world and of their taking the necessary steps to escape the bondage of the evil Creator God. The Gnostic goal was the return of their Spiritual Light, which the Creator God had trapped within their bodies, to the Father Of Light.
Many Gnostics believed that the Savior was sent by the Father Of Light to help us in this quest. Others, like Marcion, believed that the Savior was sent by another deity entirely, an “Alien God” completely uninvolved in the creation of our particular cosmos, but who, knowing of our condition, took pity on us and sent the Savior to deliver us.