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Anna Chiprean Bayardi October 16, 2017 Honors Religion IV Reflection Paper I: Creation and the Fall God the Father, the Creator of heaven and earth, had a plan for creation. We don’t know how long it really took, but he created it out of nothing. He created the universe out of love and for man to have dominion over it. Of course man has faults and went against God, which put the rest of mankind at a disadvantage. Genesis: Chapter 1, show us how
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  Anna Chiprean   Bayardi October 16, 2017 Honors Religion IV Reflection Paper I: Creation and the Fall God the Father, the Creator of heaven and earth, had a plan for creation. We don’t know how long it really took, but he created it out of nothing. He created the universe out of love and for man to have dominion over it. Of course man has faults and went against God, which put the rest of mankind at a disadvantage. Genesis: Chapter 1, show us how the universe was created by God. Day one, God creates time by creating day and night. Day two, God creates space by creating the sea and the sky. Day three, God creates life by creating land and vegetation. Day four, God creates the sun and the moon to rule the night and the day. Day five, God creates the fish and the birds to rule the sea and the sky. Day six, God created man and the animals to rule over the land and the vegetation. On day seven, God saw what he had created, and rested. Now that the creation story is stated, we can move deeper into its meaning. God did not have to create time, space, life, or the rulers over them. He did this out of love. He made Man in the image and likeness of Him. He unites us with him as well as the spiritual and material worlds. God created Adam, the first man. Adam ruled over all the animals and named them, but none of the animals were like him or suitable for him. God casted Adam into deep sleep, took out his rib, and created woman. He created the first woman, Eve, for Adam. God provides for us always. Only man is able k  now and love God. God’s love is infinite. God created us out of love  and man is called by grace to his Creator, to offer him a response of faith and love that no other creature can give. Mike Aquilina and Dr. Scot Hahn gives six basic principles to follow. The first is that God is the srcin of all creation. No matter what creation story you believe in, you must put God in the story. The second is that mankind has dominion over the world and everything in it. Man rules over the earth, the animals, and the vegetation. We are different from animals and other creatures  because we have a human soul and free will. The third is that man and woman were created in a state of marriage. Eve was created out of love for Adam. The fourth is that the family is the basic structure of human society. Family is bonded together in order move and create throughout the earth. The fifth is that God created us in community, not solitude. We need to live in a society to know and love God. If we do it alone, we will never know him. The sixth is that human nature is ordered. All humans are created to follow the law and respect the process of life. The world has and order to it and man is just a process in it to make it run smoothly.  Now of course, man has weaknesses and is easily tempted. God gave Adam and Eve one rule. Don’t eat the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good an Evil. Adam and Eve wanted to be like God. A serpent, the devil, came to Eve and said if she wanted to be like God she had to eat the fruit of the tree. She ate the fruit and gave some to Adam. They immediately felt ashamed and hid from God. The first sin is not that they ate the fruit, the sin is that they preferred themselves to God. They immediately lose the grace of srcinal holiness. The harmony of srcinal justice is destroyed and the union of man and woman becomes subject to tensions. Woman now feels pain in childbirth. Harmony with creation is broken. Because of the first sin, the harmony with all of creation decays. Adam and Eve lost their srcinal holiness and justice not just for them but for all of mankind. We are now deprived of srcinal holiness and srcinal justice which means we have  srcinal sin. Because we have srcinal sin, we are subject to suffering and now have a domination of death. Because of this srcinal sin we are subject to the inclination of sin, or concupiscence. Because of Adam and Eve’s first sin,  the devil has acquired a certain domination over man. We now have a sense of ignorance of the fact that man has a wounded nature. Our education,  politics, social action, and morals are tainted because of this. Because of the sin in the world, the devil is able to move about and tempt us. The world is now in a sinful condition. We are at a battle with the devil and ourselves. We need to keep God in our lives and make him the main priority so we are less inclined to sin. Being a part of the community and helping others and help put the world back together. We have been told the stories of how evil makes its way into the person, whether it is murder, a plague, or even a small lie, evil is all around us. From the very first sin until the last day on earth, sin is around us. Because of the inclination to sin, man is at a constant battle of being tempted in doing what is right and what is wrong. We can find peace through God’s everlasting grace. God works in many mysterious ways. He is always there to help guide us when things go wrong in our lives. He created us even though he did not have to. His love is so great that even when we mess up, we can still be forgiven. God wants us to be with him forever. Even though we sin and disobey God sometimes, he is still with us and still loves us. God love was, is, and will be infinite in our lives. We as his people have to judge right from wrong and make a life of love worth living for. God did not create us to leave us. He created us to be with him after we suffer our natural death.
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