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... [continues]
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