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  The Great Bible Story #3
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Setting the stage for man

Jacob Ninan
Now God was ready to create His masterpiece, man. Man was going to be like Him, with the ability to think, feel and make decisions independently, and he was going to be able to have fellowship with God. So God started with the creation of a place and environment for man to live in. There was nothing material till now because God and the angels were all spirit beings. God created the 'heavens' with all the galaxies and stars, and He created the earth as a planet in the solar system -- all out of nothing. The earth had its sky, air, sea and land. The earth rotated on its own axis with respect to the sun so that there could be day and night with warmth, light and rest, and the earth revolved around the sun with a tilted axis so that it could experience different seasons of cold and heat. The distance from the sun was just right, not too cold or too hot. The whole place was also beautiful to look at with multiple colours, different terrains of mountains, valleys and plains, a variety of animals, birds and fish, and a choice of delicious fruit to eat from. The water from the sea evaporated into the air, was carried over in clouds over land, and poured out through rain, filling up the lakes, flowing down through the rivers making the land fertile and finally getting back to the sea. God created animals, birds and fish breathing oxygen producing carbon dioxide, and trees and plants releasing oxygen from carbon dioxide. When everything was ready, He created the first man and woman, the parents of all human beings.

God shaped man's body from the mud of the ground and breathed His spirit into him. So this first man Adam was different from all animals because he had a spirit in addition to mind and body like animals. Now he could communicate with God who is spirit. In this way man is not an animal at all, but a special creation of God, superior in intelligence, and connected through his spirit to God and able to manage the whole earth. Another way in which man was similar to God was his ability to relate to other people. In spite of the fact that Adam had all the world to himself to do what he liked, God knew that he needed a companion. God had not completed His creation. He made a wife for Adam called Eve, using one of Adam's ribs. They were made to complement each other, physically as well as with two minds supporting each other. God's blessing was that they would have children and enjoy life with Him and the other people on the earth.


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