1.1.3 Creation

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  • Creation
    • Divergent understandings
      • FUNDAMENTALISTS take the story literally. The Bible is the word of God and so contains no mistakes.
      • LIBERALS understand the story more metaphorically. They believe what it tells us about God is true and focus on the message behind it.
      • CATHOLICS believe God is the creator, but creation may not have happened how it was described in the Bible.
      • HUMANISTS see the story found in Genesis as a myth that was developed before we had scientific knowledge to explain it.
    • SOWA
      • 'let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth.' (Genesis 1:26)
      • Genesis 1 says 'God saw all that he made and it was good.'
      • The Catechism says Genesis 1-3 may have different sources but they come at the beginning of the Bible to express the truth about creation.
    • What creation shows about the nature of God
      • CREATOR as God not only created the world but he also sustains it.
      • BENEVOLENT as he created a 'good world' and so he himself must be good. We see his love through the world he created.
      • OMNIPOTENT as it shows God created the world out of nothing.
      • ETERNAL as Go must exist out of time if he created the universe in the beginning.
    • Genesis
      • Genesis 1: God created the world in 6 days, starting with the heavens and ending with the creation of humans.
      • Genesis 2-3: God made the heavens and earth and then created Adam , vegetation, animals and birds and then made Eve. Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden.


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