September 18, 2018
Dev of Western Civilization
“God's Relationship with Humanity”
The second Genesis story, after God has created earth itself, revolves around the creation of mankind known as Adam and Eve, the Garden of Eden, and animals. Defining the concept of God's relationship with humanity is really quite complex. The way God chooses to create each form of life shows us how he feels towards his creations. He uses himself as an example of what He wants humanity to be like and tries to create a perfect human nature to go along with that. This story in Genesis gives us a better understanding of how we perceive the meaning of why God created us.
In early Genesis we are made clear of God's intentions for man. Throughout Genesis He refers to His creation as “good” including humans (Genesis 1:31). Now as we read further into Chapter 2 we come to see that God is creating humans in His own perception giving them part of Himself, so they will be alike Him, “the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a live soul” (Genesis 2:7). God used His breathe and His own self image to create humans, so they must be of great worth. He created us to resemble Himself and be His servants on earth. He breathed His soul into us to bring man to life, to serve on Earth as He would himself, He wants humanity to thrive. He even created women (Eve) “this at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh” so that man would not be lonely and have someone to help Him serve alongside God, and man have someone to love (Genesis 2:22). God cares greatly for His creation of mankind which is clear as He gave humans His likeness, and the chance to experience love and relation with a partner, similar to how God feels love for humans. Unlike Gods other creations humans can share ideas, share affections, and share a soul. Humans are a divine creature – an echo of God's holiness.
God is devoted and wants what is best for humanity. After God has finished establishing animals and mankind he “blessed the seventh day and hallowed it, because on it God rested from all the work that he had done in creation.” (Genesis 2:3). After six days of consistent work creating the earth and all its beings in God's image of an ideal world, God took the seventh day as a day of rest. The day of rest is not only a day for God but it is one more day...