Genesis-2:1

God loves us so much that it was their decision to make us look like them. They created us to their likeness. They wanted us to resemble pure beauty and that’s why I feel beautiful right now. They gave us world domination, they trusted us to rule over their creation. Even though knowing that we would sin and would make mistakes. Still they love us and trust us. I see in God a paternal figure today who gave us their heritage and trusting us to take care of it, loving it, cherish it and let good come out of it. I thank you Lord for this. You are truly the meaning of love.
—  How I felt after reading Genesis 1

The Bible subverts the Freudian and, following him, the Lacanian notions that woman lacks that which man possesses—that is, the phallus—which perpetuates the damaging belief that woman is inferior to man. Scripture tells us that it is man who lacks a rib, which woman possesses (Gen. 2:21-22), and thus woman is a “suitable helper” (Gen. 2:20) to man, not in the sense of a lab assistant or an aide, but in the sense of a lifeguard who helps someone who is drowning, or a doctor who helps a sick person. She is not an inferior helper to him, for the Hebrew word for “helper,” `ezer, is also often used in the Old Testament, particularly in the Book of Psalms, to refer to God being the helper of His people.

This is not to say that she is superior to man, either, for that would simply invert the power structure of phallocentrism, and replicate the kinds of terrors it has given us, only then it would be men who would suffer. Rather, just as man is given the special assignment to “work… and take care of [the Garden of Eden]” (Gen. 2:15), woman is uniquely tasked to be his “suitable helper”; each is given different responsibilities, and each is gifted with different abilities to perform them faithfully—the differences, however, are not in importance or rank, but in kind.

The biblical account of sexual power relations thus stresses the equality of woman and man from the very beginning: “in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them” (Gen. 1:27). Both woman and man are equally God’s image-bearers, created and blessed equally by God.

And God said, ‘Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.’ And it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind.
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Genesis 1:11.

Am I the only one that reads this as summer? This is my thought process. God’s about to create the animals and mankind. What are they going to eat? It would make sense if the vegetation is bearing fruit already, no?

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A Socrates In The City lecture and Q&A

John Lennox, Oxford mathematician speaks (as a Christian) on the text of the first chapter of Genesis. 

Eric Metaxas and Socrates in the City present an evening with John Lennox, Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University, at the Union Club in New York City on January 31, 2013. Dr. Lennox explores a method for reading and interpreting the first chapters of Genesis without discounting either science or Scripture.

Dr. Lennox also speaks about answering challenges to questions from die-hard materialists, with whom he has debated many times in many places. The culture of academia and much of popular culture views religion as ignorant, superstitious, anti-science. And in fact many Christians could accurately be described as such. Dr. Lennox disabuses one of the notion of applying those disparaging epithets to all Christians universally. 

A stimulating and highly useful video for Christians and open-minded agnostics. Less so for scoffers.

Genesis 1

Was it no more than a thought for you
When you spoke the stars
Into their birth?
I fall utterly short of comprehending
The beginning of nebulae, galaxies,
And Earth.

“And God made the two great lights–the greater light (the sun) to rule the day, and the lesser light (the moon) to rule the night. He also made the stars. And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” - Genesis 1:16-17

 And God said, “Let there be pizza rolls”; and there were pizza rolls. And God saw that the pizza rolls were good; and God separated the pizza rolls from the other types of food. God called the pizza rolls snacks, and the other types of food he called breakfast, lunch, and dinner. And there was snack time and there was more snack time, every day.

God's Character!

Guess it’s time to post my first “sermon”, if you will. Consider this a very drafty version of what I’ll be covering this week.

1- Loving
2- Just
3- Omnipresent (Everywhere, at all times)
4- Omnipotent (All powerful)
5- Omniscient (All knowing)

A study of Genesis 1-4.

Again, this is a rough draft, so we’ll see where God takes us on this journey! Looking forward to doing this sermon! Again, it’s my first, so it’ll be a real litmus test!  

Day 20

As I was reading Genesis 1;
“Now the earth was formless and empty,
darkness was over the surface of the deep…”
I saw how similar it looked to my heart before I met Jesus.

Then Jesus, He put light over my formless, dark and empty heart.

“You are all sons of the light and sons of the day.
We do not belong to the night or to the darkness”

1 Thessalonians 5:5

In Genesis 1, which chronicles the creation of all things, man is described as having been made in God’s image. This phrase has been interpreted various ways, but the most interesting issue it raises is the contrast between man being the only creation with a connection to God himself and man still being firmly less ‘great’ than God.

Like many religious texts, the Old Testament text refrains from describing God in physical terms, out of deference to a deity’s superiority and/or supernatural qualities. In Genesis 1, this tradition is upheld, in the same way most of the Old Testament politely declines to describe God physically, when man is made in God’s image, or likeness, and not as a direct copy or a direct ‘im-personation’ like Jesus, where God takes on a material form. However, the fact that man has been made in God’s likeness does raise man above the creatures and the beasts, because he is closer to God by virtue of that similarity.

This seeming superiority which man holds over the animals, nevertheless shows “a line of distinction between God as creator and humankind as creature that is never effaced.” (Hamilton p24) God is, especially in these ancient texts, a supreme being, whose greatness is only imitated by man, being made in His likeness, but is not equaled. Hamilton poses an analysis which uses the words ‘image’ and ‘likeness’ together to ascertain where humans might fall: “The function of ‘likeness’ would be to limit the meaning of ‘image’. Such qualification, it is suggested, helps to avoid the implication that human beings are a precise copy of God.” (p27). Clearly man is no equal for his God, but, just as clearly, man has been made in God’s own image, by God’s own hand.

 Many passages in the Bible refer to how man should treat his fellow man, especially in the New Testament. Genesis 1 is, on the surface, silent on this topic. However, when one considers the honor man is given by being created in God’s likeness, by being created to top the natural hierarchy, extrapolations regarding neighborly relations come to light. Man is given a variety of duties or rights by God in Genesis as regards the care of and residence in His creation, and when these ‘custodial’ tasks are matched by the idea man was created by, and to be like, a benevolent God, it seems logical man should treat his neighbors as equals. That is, a hierarchy emerges wherein man is superior to various ‘beasts’ and natural features, which clearly places man on par with himself: all men are created equal, in a sense. All men are, ostensibly, created in God’s image and likeness, and while humankind is surely diverse in appearance, the suggestion I would make is that we are yet the same. All made in God’s likeness, all made by the same benevolent gift which gives man the privilege of dominion on earth. As such, it seems only right that all men should be treated equally – if we are truly made in God’s likeness, then we are the same on a very fundamental level.

I strongly suggest this book for Old Testament work: Victor Hamilton’s Handbook on the Pentateuch (2005)

Can You Say It Was Good?

Can You Say It Was Good?


For several years my job has been grant funded positions of one sort or another. As another closes out there’s always a time of reflection an evaluation on the project, celebrations of success and accountability of failures by staff and grant partners. There have been times that I think the Federal Government has the opinion that they created and mastered evaluation; that theirs is the standard…

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This is an AMAZING song! It’s dripping with Genesis 1, which is wonderful! (See my post from a couple days ago). Enjoy the song! :)

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The Creation, Franz Joseph Haydn.
I had to share this because I performed this piece in high school choir, but haven’t been able to find it ever since. But today I FINALLY FOUND IT!