The Creation of the World

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The Creation of the World The creation of the earth and all that is within the earth is mysterious, yet miraculous at the same time. Although there are probably hundreds of different accounts, they all seem to be different while almost identical in text. I will be comparing and contrasting between the Priestly account and the Yahwist account in the book of Genesis. Along with these accounts I will be discussing the key elements in the theology of creation and eco-spirituality in the world and the way they fit into my life. These two versions of creation can be distinguished in various ways. The two stories differed in how they were told, how humans were created, a human's purpose in life, and the image and role that God played. The first difference was how humans and the world around them were created. In the Priestly account, the works of creation occurred in six days. On the first day God separated light from darkness, during the second day the water was divided from above and below the dome. The third and fourth days consisted of the appearance of dry land and plants, as well as the sun, moon and stars being placed on the firmament. The birds and fish were created on the fifth day and on the sixth day the animals and humans appeared. The seventh day was the day of rest for God, or as we know it, the day of Sabbath, which represented God's completeness. As for the account of the Yawist, humans were created when there was no rain and no one to plow the soil. The Yahwist fashioned man from the dust of the earth, then breathed into the man's nostrils to provided him with life. From the same soil came the wild beasts and birds that roam the earth today. Through this God was known as a potter, for he made man out... ... middle of paper ... ...earth, and have strength and courage to address ecological issues. The human community must take the time to collaborate with God and protect all that he has created. The above elements might apply in my life in the many ways, for example it is important to live in moderation. If I live in moderation than I would be helping the world around us, by maintaining our resources, for we are in ecological crisis. If I make good judgements about the things I do and the things I chose to use then possibly others will do the same, and maybe we can slow this erosion of natural material from our world. Lastly, if I maintain strength and courage toward these ecological problems, then maybe I could help others understand our problem and get their support in this struggle. It is important to stay strong, in order to fight issues such as nuclear and ecological issues.
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