At he Beginnig God Create the heavens and the
earth, everything that you see and do not see.
THE ORIGINS OF THE UNIVERSE
Scientifics, historians, y philosophers
have tried to explain the origins of the
People working in the field of science and
other social fields try to explain
How everything Started?
When does it started?
However, the persons also want to know
the answers for other more meaningful
SOMETHING MORE MEANINGFUL
The human being does not only question
HOW? and WHEN? the Universe was
But also he/she wants to know WHO?
Who Created it?
Why was it Created?
Why am I here ?
sooner or later every one will face
these meaningful questions:
Why am I here?
Where we come from?
And Where are we going?
And these questions, can only be answer
AN IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER!!
It is very important to keep in mind that we can not read the Bible
as we read a Science Book, a Math book, or A News Paper
Neither we should read it as a fairy tale, a fable, or something
that never happened
The Bible is a book that teaches us about The Story of Our
salvation, the thru of our Faith, and Our relationship with God.
UNDERSTANDING THE STORY OF THE BIBLE
God is the author of the Bible, but he works through
the human authors
The book of Genesis tells us how everything come to
be, and why?
In order to understand what God want to tells us, we
should know the Literary Form that author use.
Does the author intent to use Literal language or
Literal Language: is a language that it means exactly
what it said.
Figurative language: has a more profound meaning; it is
more than what a person says in the surface. Figurative
language always uses symbols to convey meaning, and
transmit its meaning.
A symbol: is a idea, or object that represents something
else. A symbol is more than what is seems.
FIGURATIVE LANGUAGES AND SYMBOLS
Very important know, if the selection we
are reading, is history, poetry, parable, etc.
because all these type of Literary Forms are
found in the Bible.
The author of the Genesis uses Figurative
language to convey actual events that took
place at the Beginning of the History .
Keep in mind, just because the author uses
figurative languages, it doesn’t mean that
what it is said is not Truth.
Also In order to understand the Story of
“The Creation and the Fall”, we need to know
what are the symbols?
and what does these symbols mean?
SYMBOLS OF CREATION
The story the creation teaches very important
truths of faith.
It was build on symbols that were very
familiar to Ancient Israelites
The authors used OBJECTS and ACTIONS as
THE GARDEN: for the Israelites the garden
was a symbol of happiness and God’s Grace
GRACE: Is a participation or sharing of God’s
friendship, or God’s life inside of us.
The Garden filled with running water,
beautiful plants and trees filled with fruit,
shows God’s love for the first human beings.
SYMBOLS OF CREATION
SERPENT: symbolo of devil.
The forbidden TREE and THE COMMAND: “No to
eat of It”
Symbolized our dependence on God
We are God’s creatures, and Only in God we can find
Only in God we can find Eternal Life
Taking the Fruit:
Represent Rejection Of God and Rebellion Against Him.
It Represents Disobedience
Rejection of God’s Plan
Adam y Eva disobey God’s Plan
They gave into temptation because they thought their
choice would bring happiness
So The Original Sin is not about eating a piece of
fruit; Adam and Eve DISOBEYED God’s Plan out of
CHOOSING YOUR WILL OVER GOD’S WILL
PRIDE: is loving ourselves to much; it is loving
ourselves more than God
Adam and Eve chose their OWN will
over God by Making their own laws, and
making their own will
they doubt of God goodness,
they doubt that God’s laws and
commands are good
They doubt that only God really knows
what is the best for us.
SIN CAUSE OF PRIDE, DISOBEDIENCE
We can see the same Pattern in all Sin
Sin is cause by Pride, Disobedience, and lack
of trust in God
We think God doesn’t know what is best for
us; we try to be like God and follow our own
There is a lack of trust in God’s goodness
because you think your way is better
So A good way to reject God, is to do
what you want to do, instead of doing what
God wants you to do.
MORE SYMBOLS OF CREATION
We have said that in the book of Genesis, the
author used OBJECTS and ACTIONS as symbols to
teach us important truths of Faith,
So the event, that Eve saw how beautiful the tree
was, and imagined how delicious its fruit would be
It Helps us to understand that sin will present itself as
something Attractive or interesting
Therefore we have to be very careful!
MORE SYMBOLS OF CREATION
The fact that they CHOSE to eat the
helps us to appreciate the POWER that
humans had TO CHOOSE between good
And show us that evil and suffering
enter into our world through the humans
choice to disobey God.
Adam and Eve being send out of the
the consequences of turning away from
and the loss of God’s GRACE.
DOES SCIENCE CAN PROVE OUR
Remember The Bible is not a Science Book.
We have seen that the passages on the Bible have a more
WE have to be careful comparing apples and oranges
By comparing apples and oranges, we may be mislead to a
false conclusion, where an apple is faulted for not being a
THE BOOK OF GENESIS IS NOT TRYING TO ANSWER
Keep in mind, the authors of the Book of
Genesis are not trying to answer scientific
They are answering more meaningful
Questions of Faith and purpose of life.
The Story of the Creation is written in a
simple and poetic form; the author use
And each event has a message
The Author does not pretend, we take the
Creation in a Literal language.
For example: the word Day does not mean
literally 24 hrs
7 days of the Creation, simply mean the frame
work, within the authors set up the story.
RIGHT ANSWERS, RIGHT SOURCE OF
Each question that we have in our daily life,
we need to addressed it, with the right and
appropriate source of information
Indeed when someone Cooks a dish and has some
questions about it, she will not look at a
scientific book or a math book…
When somebody wants to know about plants and
gardens, or mechanic parts and autos, he will not
look in a history or social book…
The same happens with questions about the
purpose of humans existence in the
universe, and God’s Plan of Salvation.
Therefore, any questions about the Purpose
of Life and Truths of Faith…
can only be answered assertively by the
Sacred Scriptures: The Bible.
At he Beginning God
Create the heavens
and the earth,
everything that you
see and do not see.
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