THEOLOGY REFLECTION PAPER
1. What is the personal message/meaning of the creation stories from you? Since I was a little girl, I was fascinated with the story of creation in Genesis. I must have been six or seven years old when I read it for the first time from the old Bible of my uncle. I remember being absolutely awestruck by the great power of God who ordered and things came to be. At that time, I imagined the author of the Biblical text as being an eyewitness to the creation and faithfully reporting of what he had seen. The first chapters of the Book of Genesis reflect on the mystery of God, the creator of everything that exists, the creator of heaven and earth. Everything that is, exists because God had created it. But before the Israelites experienced God as creator of the universe, they first experienced God as their protector and savior – as the Holy One who saved them from the land of slavery in Egypt. It was a very personal God. It was a God who had chosen them, who cared for them and who intervened to save them. Only later they discovered (through divine revelation) that the same God, who has been taking care of them, had created everything through his incredible power. Genesis teaches that humanity was the crown of God’s creation. God created a man and a woman for a very specific purpose. He created that so that they could live in the loving relationship with him. The creation story also signifies that God is the Supreme Being who created us and by that we should be thankful because he had given us the power to rule over his magnificent creation. God loves us; he never left when we are in times of trouble. Just like when Adam and Eve left the Garden of Eden, although God was mad at them for eating the fruit on the tree of knowledge of good and evil, he still loved them and even gave them enough food for them to survive. Truly, God is forgiving.
2. What is your personal response to God's promise & salvation?