God gave beginning to all that exists, outside of Himself;
God Alone is the Creator; (Creation is the common work of the Holy Trinity- CCC 290-292) – Gen 1: 1, Gen 1:2,
The totality of the creation (expressed as the “heavens and the earth”) depends on the Creator- CCC 290
God spoke the word, & it came into being. Thus God created the day & night, the sky, the land & sea, vegetation, the days, years & seasons, in the first 5 days. And God saw that everything he created was very good. All the good things of the world are a reflection of God’s all powerful goodness.
GENESIS 1: 26 – “Let US make humankind in OUR image, according to OUR likeness.”
GENESIS 1: 2- “while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters”
COLOSSIANS 1- 15-17- “ … for in him all things were created, things visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers pr powers, all things have been created through him and for him. He himself is before all things and in him things hold together.
Created to be Holy because God is Holy; “I, the Lord, am holy” (Leviticus 20:26). “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory” (Isaiah 6:3). “Be holy, because I am holy” (1 Peter 1:16).
With free will- choice to eat anything except from the tree of knowledge- freedom to choose and obey
The Church … teaches that our first parents, Adam & Eve, were constituted in an original ‘state of holiness & justice’.
This grace of original holiness was to ‘share in …divine life’.
As long as he remained in the divine intimacy, man would not have to suffer or die.
Original holiness and justice
MODERN SCIENCE 1. Life originated apart from God. 2. Man is the product of godless evolution. 3. There has never been a global flood. 4. There can be no life after death. 5. Man is good and does not need a Savior. THE BIBLE 1. God created all life supernaturally. 2. Man was created in the image of God. 3. God destroyed the entire world by a flood. 4. After death man’s soul is judged. 5. Man is sinful and needs a Savior.