How did God create the Earth?
The process of God's creation of the world is considered the starting pointpractically in all religions of the world. In Christianity, it holds the basic dogmas of both Christianity and Judaism. In this article we will consider the question of how God created the earth in the Christian tradition, and also describe all the stages of the creation of the world by days.
The main biblical book that deals with the creationworld, it is customary to consider the First Book of Moses "Genesis". Its two first chapters describe in detail six days of creation of the earth, sky, water, animal and plant world, and in the end - the person. In addition, the mention of the creation of the world can be found in the Book of Job, the Book of Proverbs of Solomon, the Psalter, and also in the books of the prophets. Partial descriptions of the creation of the world are also in the books of the New Testament and some books of the Old Testament, which are not considered canonical. In this article, we will rest on the first two chapters of Genesis, created by Moses, who is considered the founder of the Old Testament Pentateuch.
In the Middle Ages, the description of the creation of the worldinterpreted both literally and not literally. For example, Basil the Great in his "Shestodnev" wrote about the actual creation of the world within six 24-hour days, and the theologian Augustine claimed that understanding creation is necessary only allegorically. In modern theology, they abandoned the literal interpretation of the creation of the world due to many scientific studies that confirmed the age of the universe and life on earth with real figures that contradict the biblical texts. It is generally accepted that the creation of the world and man is a cosmogonic myth that can only be interpreted from the point of view of artistic writing.
Six Days of Creation
So, how is the creation of the world described in the biblical books described? Let's look at each day in stages:
- Day 1. In Genesis, the beginning of creation is the creation of the earth by God. The earth was empty, lifeless, lying in the bottomless darkness, but on the surface of it there was water over which God's Spirit was running. Seeing that darkness covers everything around, God created light, and separated it from darkness, thereby creating day and night.
- Day 2. Since the earth was lifeless, God needed to create the sky, which in "Being" is called "firmament". The air space according to God's plan was to separate the water that was under the firmament, from the water that was above the firmament, that is, God thus demarcated the near-earth and near-heaven space. The atmosphere of the planet was created.
- Day 3. The following creations of God are called dry land, seas and flora. Having collected all the water in certain places, God created the seas, and called the land called the earth. The earth has borne fruit: greens, grass, which gave seeds, fertile trees, the seeds from the fruits of which fell to the ground and grew again.
- Day 4. On this day, God created the sun, the stars and the moon. These "fixtures" were needed to manage day and night, and also to determine days, years and times. "Luminaries" were also intended by God to be the vehicles of various signs.
- Day 5. To see how God created the world, it is enough to read the fifth day in Genesis. It was marked by the creation of a kingdom of fish, reptiles and birds, to which God commanded to breed and multiply, filling the water and the sky.
- Day 6. The last day of the creation of the world was given to the creation of the animal world and the man himself. When God created "cattle, reptiles and beasts of the earth", he decided to put above all his crown of creation - man. How did God create man? He made it in the image and likeness of his from the dust of the earth, blowing into his face the Breath of Life. Having created Paradise in the east, he settled a man there and ordered him to cultivate and preserve the Garden of Eden, give names to all animals and birds. How did God create a woman? When a man asked God to help him, God put him to sleep and, taking a rib out of his body, created a woman. Man has attached himself to her with his soul and since then has never parted.
Thus, within six days I conceived andGod created the earth, animals and people. The seventh day God blessed as a day off, in which, according to the Christian tradition, it is not necessary to engage in manual labor, but it is necessary to devote to God.