In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth had no form. It was empty, covered with darkness and water. Then the Spirit of God hovered over the water, and God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. God saw that the light was good.
Then He divided the light from the darkness. God called the light "day", and the darkness he called "night." And the evening and the morning were the first day.
Then God said, "Let there be a great expanse of air to divide the waters below from the waters above."
And God called the expanse "heaven." And the evening and the morning were the second day.
Then God said, "Let the water under the heaven be gathered together in one place, and let the dry land appear," and it happened.
And God called the dry land "earth"; and the gathering together of the waters He called "seas": and God saw that it was good. Then God said, "Let the earth produce grass, andherbs
, and fruit trees, all yielding after their own kind," and it happened; And God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the third day.
Then God said, "Let there be lights in the heavens; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days, and years." God made two great lights; the sun to rule by day and the moon to rule by night. He also made the stars.
And He set them all in the heavens to give light upon the earth; And God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
Then God said, "Let the waters abound with livingcreatures
, and letbirds
fly above the earth." So God created great whales and everything that moves in the water, and winged animals--all these producing after their kinds; and God saw that it was good. And He blessed them, saying, "Be fruitful, and multiply." And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
Then God said, "Let the earth be filled withliving creatures
." So He made the animals on the earth, the cattle, and every thing that crawls upon the earth--all producing after their kinds; and God saw that it was good.
Then God said, "Let us make man in Our image, after Our likeness." And the Lord God formed man out of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
So God created man in His own image; and He created them male and female. God named the first man Adam; then later Adam called the woman, Eve.
And God said, "A man shall leave his father and his mother and cling to his wife: and they shall be one flesh. And the man and his wifewere bothnaked
, and were not ashamed."
And God saw everything that He had made, and it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
The heavens and the earth were finished; so on the seventh day God ended his work. God blessed the seventh day and made it holy. The Lord God also planted a garden inEden. And out of the ground He made every tree to grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food.
In the middle of the garden stood two trees: The Tree of Life and The Tree of The Knowledge of Good and Evil.
And the Lord put man in the Garden of Eden to care for everything in it.
Then the Lord God commanded, "You may eat freely from every tree of the garden except for The Tree of The Knowledge of Good and Evil.
You must never eat from that tree. In the day that you do, you will surely die." God showed his love for Adam and Eve, by giving them all they needed and more to enjoy life to its fullest.
He also gave them the ability to make choices, and He gave these ancestors of all humankind an opportunity to use this ability wisely. God wanted Adam and Eve to show their respect by obeying His one command, to not eat from just that one tree. Everything else was theirs to enjoy.
To live in peace and happiness in their beautiful garden, Adam and Eve needed only to trust God's wisdom, and respect His authority over them. They should have been grateful for life and happy in theirfreedom
, but freedom to choose does not bring happiness when bad choices are made.
Long before God created humans, He also gave freedom of choice to the angels He had created. God desired honor from these angels, who inhabit the spirit realm, just as He desired honor from people.
Most angels did choose to follow God, and even today these angels worship the Lord and carry out his bidding, helping people in many ways. But other angels made a bad choice. They rejected God's love, selecting insteadLucifer
, the most beautiful angel as their leader. Lucifer's arrogance and pride caused him to lose the honored position above God's throne.
Lucifer fell from heaven for his rebellion, because he had challenged God by saying in his heart, "I will elevate my throne above the stars of God: I will be like the most High God."
Lucifer, known also in the Bible as the Devil or Satan, desires worship which belongs only to God. Satan deceives people in order to obtain that worship, even masquerading as a beautiful angel of light, but his lies and his false religions cause pain--and suffering--and destruction.
So God pronounced doom toLucifer
saying, "You will be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit."