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  • At he Beginnig God Create the heavens and the earth, everything that you see and do not see. The Creation Lesson #1
  • THE ORIGINS OF THE UNIVERSE  Scientifics, historians, y philosophers have tried to explain the origins of the universe  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 questions:
  • SOMETHING MORE MEANINGFUL  The human being does not only question HOW? and WHEN? the Universe was created  But also he/she wants to know WHO? AND WHY?  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 in Faith.
  • 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 Figurative language?  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 symbols  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 True Happiness  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 PRIDE
  • 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 laws.  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 forbidden fruit,  helps us to appreciate the POWER that humans had TO CHOOSE between good and evil.  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 garden, reflects  the consequences of turning away from God  and the loss of God’s GRACE.
  • DOES SCIENCE CAN PROVE OUR CREATION STORY?  Remember The Bible is not a Science Book.  We have seen that the passages on the Bible have a more profound meaning.  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 good orange.
  • THE BOOK OF GENESIS IS NOT TRYING TO ANSWER SCIENTIFIC QUESTIONS  Keep in mind, the authors of the Book of Genesis are not trying to answer scientific questions;  They are answering more meaningful questions:  Questions of Faith and purpose of life.  The Story of the Creation is written in a simple and poetic form; the author use Figurative Language  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 INFORMATION  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. Next Lesson #2 The Creation