Christianity According to Christ

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Genesis

Creation

In the beginning was the Spirit of God, hovering in formless and empty darkness. And the Wisdom of God chose to create, and the Word of God resounded in the void: "Let there be light!" And there was light.

And, with the light, God made lesser spirits that he called angels to serve as witnesses and messengers to his creation. And the angels shouted for joy as God created the universe in all its vast array. He made the stars and the earth, and two great lights to illuminate the earth - the greater of the two to rule the day, and the lesser to govern the night - and he set them in the heavens.

And God made waters to cover the surface of the earth, and he said, "Let the waters teem with living creatures." And it was so. And he said, "Now let there be a separation between the waters, and let dry ground appear. Let the land produce seed-bearing vegetation; plants and trees that bear fruit according to their various kinds. And living creatures; livestock and wild animals, that move along the ground. And let birds fly across the expanse of the sky above the earth." And it, too, was so.

Then God said, "Now, as the crowning glory of all we have created, let us make a creature called man in our own likeness and image to rule over the earth." So, from the dust of the ground, he formed a man and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. The man became a living being and God named him Adam, which means "from the ground."

Then God surveyed what he had made, and it was good. "But It is not suitable," he said, "for the man to be alone." So he brought all the beasts of the field and the birds of the air to the man to see which of them he would name as his companion. The man examined them all and whatever he called each of them became its name, but he found no suitable companion among them. And God said, "Then I will make a companion for him." He caused Adam to fall into a deep sleep and, while he slept, took flesh and bone from the man's side. And, closing up the place, God took what he had removed and made a woman, which means "taken out of man."

Then God awakened Adam and presented the woman to him. And Adam recognized her as his true companion, saying: "This is bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh." And he named the woman Eve because she would become the mother of all mankind, and he and Eve called themselves husband and wife. And so, to this day, will a man put aside all others and be united to his wife, and they again become one flesh.

Then, in a place he called Eden, God planted a garden filled with all kinds of trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. And, in the middle of the garden, he made a tree of life and a tree of the knowledge of good and evil to grow up out of the ground. And God put the man and the woman he had formed in the garden to work and care for it.

And there God blessed them and said to them, "I give you the fruit of every seed-bearing plant and tree in the garden. They will be yours for food. You are free to eat from any of them, and if you take and eat from the tree of life, you will live forever. But you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil," he warned them. "For, if you do, you will surely die."

Thus did God create mankind - male and female - in his own image. And now, when he looked at all that he had made, it was very good. And so God declared the work of creating that he had been doing finished, and he rested from his labors. And he made every seventh - or Sabbath - day a holy day of rest on the earth, so that men might remember and celebrate their Creator.

Ge 1:1-3, 6, 9 and 11-12
1:15-17, 20 and 24
1:26-27, 29 and 31
2:1-3, 7-9 and 15-24
Job 38:7

Heb 1:7 and 14
Ja 1:18

Fall from Grace

Now some of the angels were unhappy that God had made man - whom they viewed as a little lower than themselves - in his own likeness, and that he had crowned mankind with rulership over the earth. And one of these discontented angels who was called Satan said in his heart: "I will make myself like the Most High also. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds to the utmost heights of heaven, and raise my throne above the other angels of God on the sacred mountain of assembly." And Satan enlisted a third of the angels to his cause, and they made war in heaven. But the angels who remained obedient to God, led by one of their number who was called Michael, fought back. And Satan and his angels were not strong enough to defeat them, and they were hurled from heaven and cast down to the earth.

When Satan saw that he had lost his place in heaven, he shouted proud words of defiance, and slander and blasphemies against the name of God and his loyal angels. He swore that he would lead mankind astray from the Lord, and began to pursue the man and the woman looking for an opportunity to establish his authority over them.

And one day when Adam and Eve were in the middle of the garden, Satan came to them in the guise of a serpent, which was the craftiest of the wild animals the Lord had made. And he said to Eve, "God told you that you may eat from any of the trees in the garden. Why do you not eat the fruit from the tree of knowledge?" Eve replied, "Because God said we must not eat it or we will die." "Surely not!" Satan exclaimed. "God knows that when you eat of it, your eyes will be opened and you will be like him, knowing good and evil."

When Eve saw that the fruit of the tree of knowledge was desirable for gaining wisdom, as well as being good for food and pleasing to the eye, she took some and ate it. And she gave some to Adam, who also ate of it. Immediately, their eyes were opened, and they became aware of good and evil. They realized they were naked and, feeling shame, they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.

Just then, they heard the sound of the Lord as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from him among the trees. But God called out to them, "Where are you?" Adam answered him, saying: "I heard you walking in the garden, Lord, but I was ashamed because I was naked and so I hid myself from you." And God said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten the fruit of the tree from which I warned you not to eat?" Adam replied, "I ate it, Lord, but that woman you put here with me gave it to me." Then God asked Eve, "Is this what you have done?" "Yes, Lord," she said, "but the serpent deceived me."

Ge 3:1-13
Is 14:12-16
Heb 2:7
Rv 12:4, 7-9, 13 and 17

13:5-7

Justice

God turned in anger to Satan and said to him, "You have been sinning against me from the beginning, rejecting the place I set for you at the dawn of creation and seeking to raise your throne on the utmost heights of heaven. And now, you have prevailed against me with the man and woman that I made in my own spirit and image. Because you have done these things, you are forever cursed!

"You boasted to your followers, 'I will ascend above all God's kingdom.' Instead, you have brought them down to the depths. And there in the dark dungeons of hell will they be kept, bound with everlasting chains, until the great day of judgment when I call you up out of the abyss to your final destruction. You sought to establish your authority over the man and the woman, and they have chosen to accept it. Therefore, I give you power over all their works: Over every tribe and nation, and every nationality and language.

"But don't suppose that you will gain honor and respect from these powers I have given you. Like the serpent you have pretended to be, you will crawl on your belly back and forth through the earth and eat of its dust all the days of your life. And even the inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life - those who seek only the worldly things under your authority - will be astonished and stare at you when they see you. And they will ponder your fate: 'Is this what once was, but now is not, the great beast who shook the earth and made the kingdom of heaven tremble? Who laid low the race of man? O morning star, son of the dawn! How you have fallen!'

"And finally, because of the deception you practiced on the woman, I will put perpetual enmity between you and her and between your offspring and hers. You will make war against all of her children, and some you will conquer. Yet a day will come when another woman will give birth to a male child, who will be called Lord of Lords and King of Kings because he is the Son of Man and the Son of God. The reason for his coming will be to destroy the evil work you have done here, and atone for man's part in it. You will strike his heel, but he and his chosen and faithful followers, those who obey my commands and hold to his testimony, will overcome your demons and crush your head." With that, the Lord banished Satan from his presence. And Satan, enraged at the woman, went off to prepare for war against her offspring.

Then God turned to Adam and Eve, and said: "If I did not spare my angels when they sinned, neither will I pardon you. For now you have become like one of us, knowing good and evil, and are responsible for your actions. Because you ate from the tree about which I warned you not to eat, you will eat of it all the days of your life. For you will no longer be allowed to reach out your hand and take from the tree of life and eat, and - like us - live forever. Now your days are numbered. You were taken from dust, and to dust you shall return."

And the Lord said to Adam: "Since you chose to listen to your wife and - without question or pause - eat the fruit that she gave you, you will henceforth provide her as well as yourself with food that you gain by the sweat of your brow. Through painful toil, you will work the ground from which you were taken until you return to it, cultivating the plants of the field. And it will often seem to you that the ground is cursed, as it produces nothing for you but thorns and thistles." Then he said to Eve: "Because you influenced your husband in this way, now he will rule over you. You will feel desire for him and bear his children, and you will experience great pain in childbearing."

Then God made garments of animal skin and clothed Adam and Eve in them, and he banished them from the Garden of Eden. And surrounding the Garden, the Lord placed angels armed with flaming swords to guard the way to the tree of life. But even as he drove them out of the garden the Lord blessed them, saying: "Be fruitful and increase in number! Fill the earth and subdue it! Rule over all the living creatures - the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, and the livestock and wild animals that move along the ground - on the face of the whole earth."

Ge 1:26b;29b
3:14-19;21-24
5:1-2
Is 14:12-16
2Pe 2:4
1Jn 3:8
Jude 1:6
Rv 12:17
13:7
17:8-14


The World of Men

What follows is the written account of the line of Adam and Eve, whom God created in his own likeness and whom he called mankind: Adam lay with his wife, and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son in the likeness and image of Adam. And Eve named him Cain, which means "brought forth," saying: "With the help of the Lord, I too have brought forth a man!" Later, she gave birth to Cain's brother Abel, which means "breath of life.'

In the course of time, the two brothers grew to manhood: Abel kept flocks and Cain worked the soil. And they each set aside some of the fruits of their labor as offerings to the Lord. Now Cain brought the Lord some of the lesser produce of the soil, but Abel brought the choicest portions from some of the first-born of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and the spirit of his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not. Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast. And the Lord said to Cain: "Why are you angry? Why this sorry face? If you do what you know is right, you and your offering will be accepted. But if you don't, Satan is crouching at your door waiting to possess you. You must overcome his temptations!"

But Cain went to Abel and said, "Let's go out to my field." And while they were there in the field, Cain attacked his brother and killed him. And the Lord called out to Cain: "What have you done! Where is your brother Abel?" Cain replied, "Am I my brother's keeper? How should I know where he is?" "Then listen!" the Lord said. "Your brother's blood - drawn by your hand! - cries out to me from the ground!

"From today onward, you are cursed! You are driven from this ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother's blood, and you will be a restless wanderer on the earth. And when you try to work the ground as you have done, it will no longer yield its crops for you." Cain said to the Lord, "My punishment is more than I can bear! You're driving me from the only land I know, and whoever finds me will kill me!" But the Lord said to him, "Not so!" And he put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him. And he proclaimed, "If anyone kills this man, he will suffer my vengeance seven times over!" So Cain went out from the Lord's presence and lived the life of a wanderer, to the east of his family's home.

After this, Adam lay with Eve again and she gave birth to a son. And she named him Seth, which means "granted," saying: "God has granted me another child in place of Abel, whom my son Cain killed." And after Seth was born, Adam lived another 800 years, and he and Eve had many other sons and daughters.

Cain took one of these daughters and lay with her, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Enoch (which means "initiation"). For Cain was then beginning to build a city, and he named it after his son. And through this Enoch - for there was another to come by that name - Cain became the forefather of all those who pursue worldly things for self-benefit: Jabal, who lived in tents and raised livestock; Jubal, who played the harp and lute; and Tubal-Cain, who forged all kinds of tools out of bronze and iron.

(Incomplete - See Genesis Notes for further thoughts by Wayne)

 

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