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Book of Genesis: Theological Themes
Religion and Theology
Pages 3 (753 words)
Book of Genesis: Theological Themes The importance of the Book of Genesis for a Christian believer cannot be overlooked, for it contains the core teachings of Christian religion on such issues as creation of the world by the God, the nature and origins of human sin, God’s judgment on it, and the essence of Divine grace.
The very beginning of the first verses in Genesis is a testimony to this unfolding principle: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1 New International Version). The newly created world is however empty, with only “the Spirit of God” watching over the primordial waters. Therefore it was God’s wish to make His world more amenable (as such phrases as: “And God saw that it was good” (e.g. Genesis 1:18 New International Version) point at) that animated the Creation and made the world the one we are currently accustomed to. The main aspect of the Creation story as laid down in Genesis is its emphasis on the correlation between God’s works and the principle of necessity. That is, the creations of God are to serve some functions in the whole world order. So, for instance, the Book of Genesis indicates that the stars and other celestial bodies were created “to separate the day from the night”, as well as to “serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years” (1:14-15). Likewise, the creation of animals and plants proceeds “according to their kinds”, i.e. in accordance with some pre-destined plan or purpose. ...
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