Story One

CREATION

THE BEGINNING

In the beginning was God.  And God created everything. He spoke. And when he did, he made the whole world and everything in it. God said, “Let there be light.” And there was – light. Then God made the skies, and the land and the water. And He made all the trees and plants that cover the earth. He made the Sun, and the moon and the stars. He filled the seas with fish. He filled the sky with birds. He made all the animals that walk on the earth. And God saw all this and saw that it was good.

Then, God took some of the soil he had made and he formed a man. And he breathed into the man, and he began to live.

God took this man and put him in a garden that God had made for him.  There were all kinds of trees there. And God put two trees in the middle of the garden. The fruit from one tree gave life. The other tree gave the knowledge of good and evil. And God told the man, “You can eat fruit from any tree in this garden. But you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. For if you eat from that tree, you will die.”

Now the man was alone. So God said, “It is not good for man to be alone. I will make a companion for him.”

Then God put the man to sleep. He took a bone from the man’s side. And from it, God made a woman.

And God put them both in the garden he made for them.  He blessed them. He told them to have many children and to fill the earth with people. And He told them to rule over the birds and the fish and all of the animals He had made. 

The man was named Adam. The woman was named Eve. And they were both naked and felt no shame. Then God looked over all that He had made and saw that it was very good.