The Creation Story
What existed in the beginning?
Only God existed in the beginning.
Who created God?
No one created God. God has always existed. He is constant and unchanging. He is the same now as He was when He created the universe, and He will be the same for all eternity.
How did God create everything?
What God spoke came to be.
How did God make man?
God took a bit of clay from the earth, shaped it, and breathed life into it.
If God created humans in His image, does that mean God has a body like we do?
No, God does not have a form like we do; God is spirit. When the Bible says we were made in His image, it means that God created us to have mental, spiritual, and emotional characteristics that reflected His own.
What was the one thing Adam was missing?
Adam was missing a human friend—a wife.
Why was it not good for Adam to exist alone?
God is three persons in one: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Father loves the Son, the Son loves the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Spirit loves the Father. Together they are a community. Because God made man in His image, man was made for fellowship and community. When God saw that Adam was alone, it was the only time in the entire creation story that God said something in His creation was not good. He saw Adam’s need and immediately created a solution.
How did God make woman?
He formed woman using a rib taken from Adam.
Why is life on earth so different from what is described in the Garden of Eden.
Adam and Eve committed the first sin by disobeying God’s one and only rule in the Garden of Eden. This one sin has rippled through every generation of humankind. To get us back to living in a world like the Garden of Eden, God sent His Son, Jesus, to die in our place to forgive us of our sins. Jesus promised to return to earth and finally establish His reign on earth, at which point, the entire earth will be made much like the Garden of Eden is described.