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Praise the Father and the Creator

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September 5, 2010 Tags: Creation & Origins
Praise the Father and the Creator

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The creation accounts of Genesis 1 and Genesis 2 seem to tell completely different stories. In Genesis 1, creation is presented in successive stages, with God showing his satisfaction with each result. While the creation of man is mentioned, it is described rather vaguely, with the only specific detail being a mention of the "image of God." The account says nothing of how God performs his task or what exactly it means to be created in God’s image. Genesis 2 presents a far more personal picture of God's creation. In this account, the creation of the universe seems almost trivial; the focus quickly centers on God's creation of humankind.

Do these differences mean that the two accounts contradict each other? Not at all, says Darrel Falk in his book Coming to Peace with Science. These two chapters, rather, serve wholly different purposes. Yet, together they form a beautiful picture of God's character:

"On one hand, God is the eternal being whose greatness is beyond our imagination. But on the other hand, there is every reason for us to think of God as our own personal Parent who brought us into the world and wishes nothing but joy, peace, companionship and life for us. What a magnificent thought."

- Darrel Falk, Coming to Peace with Science, p. 217

This Sunday, let’s take time to reflect on this “magnificent thought.” Let us praise God for being both the almighty Creator of the cosmos and a loving Father to his creations.

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Joe - #28221

September 5th 2010

I’ve always been fascinated with the 3 different creation stories in Genesis.  You could preach for almost a year on all of the details, nuance and significance in those stories.  It just goes to show how infinite & amazing our God is.  Now I’ll have to get this book to add to my pile.

I just wish some of my friends would stop “Flattening” the stories down to one dimension literalism. (They make the stories so boring that way.)

Carol Dworkowski - #28242

September 5th 2010

In Orthodox theology, the two words “image” and “likeness” are not used interchangeably as they are for Roman Catholics and Protestants.  For Orthodox Christians, “image” denotes the powers and faculties with which every human being is endowed by God from the first moment of his existence.  “Likeness” is the assimilation, the growth process to God through virtue* and grace.  We call this growth process “theosis.”  For Western theology, man was created perfect in the absolute sense and therefore, when he fell, he fell completely away from God.  For Orthodox theology, man was created perfect in the potential sense.
—Fr. George Nicozisin

Headless Unicorn Guy - #28253

September 5th 2010

I also understand that in classical Hebrew, parallelism (telling the same story over with emphasis on different points) was the way of showing “This Is Important.”

Taking this to the other end of the Bible, is it possible that the repetition of sevens (seven lampstands, seven thunders. seven scrolls, seven trumpets, seven plagues) in Revelation is also an example of parallelism?  The thunders/scrolls/trumpets/plagues being references to the same events(?) using different imagery each time for emphasis?  And the Post-Mil second revolt of Satan being a summary of the main storyline, repeated again for emphasis?

Scott Mapes - #28951

September 8th 2010

Thanks for bringing in the Orthodox perspective, Carol.  As a part of the Orthodox-Anglican-Wesleyan theological tradition, I appreciate this a great deal—and believe that it is a superior, more biblical perspective in this instance.

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