CREATION AND FALL
To speak about “creation” or “devil” or “sin” in our world today seems like a Medieval talk. Yet Genesis can be taken as history; the suffering around us must have a better explanation than just a lack of chance… And we believe there is hope for something much better!
Part 1. WHAT DO WE MEAN BY CREATION?
We believe that God is our Creator.
The first book of the Bible – Genesis – tells us that God created first the heavens and the earth. That’s the first line of the Bible! (Take it as a fact: the Scriptures never prove God’s existence, they just affirm it.)
As simple as you read it, God created everything on our planet in seven days, He made all things in six days and on the seventh He rested with His creation. God’s first words sounded like an invitation to something amazing: “let there be light!” (remember, from a previous lesson, that “God is light”). Then, by words only, He separated light and darkness, heaven and earth, water and land. He later filled all these spaces with life and made everything by design – plants over the earth, fish of the water, birds of the air, all creatures on the land.
As a crown of creation, God made man and woman, as we’ve read on a previous lesson. We as humans were made into His likeness, to reflect His image. The Bible describes each of Creation days ending with the evaluation “it was good” and culminating, on the seventh day, with the perfect score: “everything was very good” (Genesis 1).
You see, if “everything was very good” (and no death around), then such a report definitely excludes any idea of million years evolution, with deaths (survival of the fittest), catastrophic events and random happenings…
Perfect harmony, joy and peace, freedom and amazing opportunities to grow – intelligent design. That’s Creation as the Bible tells it.
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT CREATION?
It is time to take your Bible and read some paragraphs and even full chapters. We recommend again to highlight some of these verses in your Bible, as they are indeed relevant to the topic.
90 SECONDS VIDEO - CREATION
IN ONE PARAGRAPH
God has revealed in Scripture the authentic and historical account of His creative activity. He created the universe, and in a recent six-day creation the Lord made “the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them” and rested on the seventh day. Thus He established the Sabbath as a perpetual memorial of the work He performed and completed during six literal days that together with the Sabbath constituted the same unit of time that we call a week today. The first man and woman were made in the image of God as the crowning work of Creation, given dominion over the world, and charged with responsibility to care for it. When the world was finished it was “very good,” declaring the glory of God.
Part 2. WHAT DO WE MEAN BY FALL?
With freedom came responsibility. Adam and Eve were to multiply, to care for the Garden of Eden and to continue to reflect God’s image and acts in everything they do. And they did that, for a while.
However, one day came when they listened to another voice… The voice of someone who doubted God’s character. The Bible identifies Satan as the mastermind behind the serpent who spoke to them (see Revelation 12:9 – in a future lesson we will study about the great controversy between good and evil, between Christ and Satan). Tempted, Adam and Eve followed their own instincts and disobeyed God’s word. Their eyes were opened now to see a dark side of what life on earth could be. What came next was shame, hiding, lying, accusing. Later they would feel more of pain, suffering and cry. The future generations and the entire world came to new terms, from freedom to the burden of a curse, from love to hate, from life to death.
That is our condition even today. This is fall into sin – not simply lawless acts, but a continual and degrading state of being. From carrying and reflecting God’s perfect image, humans came to carry the marks and the wounds of sin to their graves.
WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT FALL?
We turn again to the Bible as out handbook. Please check for yourself the following Bible texts and let the Word inform you.
The last verses will take you toward the solution God provided for us – salvation through Jesus Christ.
90 SECONDS VIDEO - HUMANITY
IN ONE PARAGRAPH
Man and woman were made in the image of God with individuality, the power and freedom to think and to do. Though created free beings, each is an indivisible unity of body, mind, and spirit, dependent upon God for life and breath and all else. When our first parents disobeyed God, they denied their dependence upon Him and fell from their high position. The image of God in them was marred and they became subject to death. Their descendants share this fallen nature and its consequences. They are born with weaknesses and tendencies to evil. But God in Christ reconciled the world to Himself and by His Spirit restores in penitent mortals the image of their Maker. Created for the glory of God, they are called to love Him and one another, and to care for their environment.
For this Bible Study Class (BSC), as you’ve seen thus far, you are required to read from the Bible. It’s our handbook! Of course, it’s up to you when you do it, how you do it, what version of the Bible will you use.
Remember how we started this lesson?
“To speak about “creation” or “devil” or “sin” in our world today seems like a Medieval talk. Yet Genesis can be taken as history; the suffering around us must have a better explanation than just a lack of chance… And we believe there is hope for something much better!”
We invite you to read for Essentials #04 – Creation and Fall from two Bible books (not too many chapters, yet compact sections). The pictures are linked to BibleHub where you can start your reading in a favourite version.
RECOMMENDED HELPS & TOOLS
We will recommend different helps and tools, resources in various formats, to facilitate your experience with the topic you’re focusing into. Some of the study resources will be free, some are paid – all are valuable. Of course, they are optional.
Note: all questions in the coming quiz have their answers in the lesson itself and in the two Bible books required for reading (not in the helps, tools and resources).
RESOURCES FOR ADVANCED STUDENTS
Here are some resources for advanced students. For those who might wonder how come we haven’t touched the subject of Big Bang, evolution or other proposed theories to explain the beginnings. We think these articles and resources would be indeed helpful and open new horizons.
Articles & videos
Sin and Salvation in Genesis 3 – Jiří Moskala
Why did God create the world in six days, and not in millions of years? – Ángel Manuel Rodríguez
Why did God create? – Ángel Manuel Rodríguez
Creation – Ekkehardt Mueller
Books worthwhile to read on evolution-creation debate – Tim Standish and Clinton Wahlen
Atheists in Old Testament – Ángel Manuel Rodríguez