Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Bible Stories

Q: How come there are two different creation stories in the Genesis? Is it because Adam and Eve weren’t real and the creation story is just that – a story?

A: There are two different accounts in Genesis of the creation story and this is because we do not really know how the world in which we live is created. Adam and Eve as the first man and woman were real, but there is no historical way to figure out if these were their real names or if they even had names. We know that God did create man and woman, as well as the rest of the world. We do not know if it took Him seven days or 7,000,000 years. God's time is unlike our own and so we can only hypothesize on God's marvelous creation. Though we do have two creation stories that may differ slightly we know, from other places in the Bible, that the world was created by God and it is not just a story. For example, both Romans 4:17 and Hebrews 11:3 state that God created everything out of nothing. There are also many accounts in Genesis that state that everything God created was good (Gen. 1:4), that God blesses His creation (Gen. 1:22), that God has a purpose for everyone and everything in His creation (Gen. 1:14-8), and that God wants us to take care of His creation (Gen. 2:15). As one can see, God did carefully create the world in which we live, including us and everything around us, so though we do not know exactly what the story of creation is we know there is a plan created especially for us by God.