Christians believe that God created the world
and all living things. They picture God as having three forms
or aspects: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Hoy
Spirit, who carries out God's will on earth. They believe that
God sent Jesus to tell people about God's love, and that Jesus
died to forgive humanity's sins. They also believe that Jesus
will return at the end of time, when there will be a New Creation.
The following creation story is found in Genesis 1 and 2 in the
Old Testament section of the Bible, the Christian holy book.
In the beginning, God created the universe. At
first the earth was shapeless and covered in darkness, and God's
spirit hovered over the waters. God said, "Let there be light".
And there was light. God divided the day from the night, naming
them ' day' and 'night'. This was the first day and God saw that
it was good. On the second day God made the heavens to separate
the water from the earth and on the third day he raised the dry
land up from the waters below the heavens and commanded the earth
to bring forth all plants. God saw that it was good. God then
made the greater light for the day and the lesser light for the
night, and he saw hat it was good. This was the fourth day. On
the fifth day God commanded the waters to fill with living creatures
and the air to fill with birds. And he was pleased with what he
saw. On the sixth day God commanded the earth to bring forth all
kinds of living creatures and he saw that it was good. God then
said " Let us make man in our own image". So God created
man and woman in his own likeness and gave them authority over
all living things. God looked at everything he had made and was
very pleased. On the seventh day, God rested.
Now the first man, Adam, was created by God out of soil and given
life by God's breath. Adam named all the animals and birds that
God had made, But Adam had no companion of his own so God caused
hem to fall into a deep sleep and created woman - Eve- from one
of Adam's ribs. God told them that together they could live in
the Garden of Eden eating whatever they wished except the fruit
of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. But the most cunning
animal, which God had made -the serpent -, tempted Eve to eat
the forbidden fruit. So Adam and Eve both ate and suddenly saw
what they had done ant that they were naked. Covering themselves
with fig leaves they tried to hide from God. But God knew of their
sin and called out to them. Then he cursed the serpent and Adam
and Eve, and in shame they were driven from the beautiful Garden.
God told Adam he would now have to toil and sweat to work the
very soil from which he had been created. Then God blocked the
entrance to the Garden with a great fiery sword so that no one
could enter in.
For Christians the most important part of
this story is the final creation of human beings. Since they were
made in God's image and given power over all living things, Christian
believe that humans are the most important of God's creations.
Some Christians think that this means humans can use the world
as they wish, while other believe that God intended humans to
care for an look after the work. Christians use the story of 'the
fall' to explain why suffering and death have entered the world.
But they believe that God will create a new and better world where
those who have tried to live as God wants, will live for ever.
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