God's Relationship with Man

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The Book of Genesis can be described as a story, a historical account, or just as a written set of answers to questions that may seem unanswerable. Aside from which category this section of The Bible this may fall into, it has been one of the most influential texts of all time. For this reason, it is pivotal that we examine the text more closely in order to determine certain patterns which may lead to a valid interpretation of a book that has an infinite amount of interpretations. One of the most vital patterns to identify is the growth of God’s relationship with man. By analyzing the passages in The Book of Genesis and how they intertwine, one can see that the relationship is positively advancing in terms of trust and confidence.

The text begins describing an account of creation. This is of significant value in establishing God’s relationship with man as it marks the beginning and gives insight pertaining to his intentions with man. As this piece of The Bible unfolds, there is an underlying question that is never firmly answered in the text. That is, “Did God build man for Earth or Earth for man?” The latter interpretation seems to have more textual support. Some evidence that leads to this conclusion is in Genesis 1:26 when God says ‘”Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” It seems logical that if God gave man dominion over earth and all that inhabit it that he would have intended for it to be a gift to man. A less obvious piece of information that points to the latter interpretation is found in Genesis 1:6-8 while introducing the “firmament.” God creates the firmament, also known as Heaven, on the second day before he creates any life or even any land. Heaven is later determined as the dwelling place for man in afterlife (as seen in Revelation 21:3). This also implies that earth was created for man because it is illogical that God would create the dwelling place for man before earth if earth itself were not made for man as well. Lastly, Chapter 2 in the Book of Genesis is based around man. In the second account of creation (although it is not specified as that in the original text) only verses 4-6 are based around earth and 7-25 is about man. The fact that the second account of creation is much more closely concerned with and focused on the creation of man is resounding evidence that earth was created for man. These pieces of evidence support that God created earth for man, which in turn means God is establishing a relationship with man for man’s sake, rather than the earth’s sake. This reveals the importance God is placing on man, and how much he is willing to invest in man.

Despite ho much God has shown he is willing to invest (created a whole planed for man), the relationship must start somewhere. Chapter 3 of The Book of Genesis discusses the fall of man. The introduction of the serpent leads to another possible split in interpretations as the serpent’s actions arguably indicate an intended “plan” for man. I would disagree with this notion for a few reasons. The story of creation pointed out that God separated the light from the darkness – he never actually rid the world of the darkness. Whether this is a literal or figurative statement is another question entirely, but let us assume the latter. The fact that darkness was separated implies that it still exists. Darkness is a metaphor for evil, which, according to the prior statement, would mean evil still exists. The serpent in The Bible acts as the product of darkness or its living remnant. God also warns Adam of the dangers of evil when he commands him to never eat from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. God would not have warned Adam if he were not aware that there would be an unfavorable outcome to man’s association with evil. Furthermore, he wouldn’t have...
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