In the days of the Creation, when God was separating the light from the darkness, and the earth from the waters, everything was very young. The whole world was new and, as you can imagine, God’s creations had a lot to learn about how to fit into the big scheme of things.
God placed the ocean within its bounds and told it to stay there–and it obeyed. Its big moment was to come later, with Noah and the Flood, but for now it knew its boundaries. And since water always seeks the lowest place, in its humility, it listened to the voice of God.
God let the dry land appear and called her Earth. And He said, “Let Earth bring forth grass and herb yielding fruit after his kind.”
Then the stars were placed in their constellations in the sky. They were thrilled to be close to Heaven, and they gladly let their lights shine for all to see. The moon also shone its reflected glory, and the sun beamed with happiness at its calling to demonstrate the power and light of God, and to rule over the day.
God knew in His infinite (having no limits; without beginning or end) love and wisdom where each creation belonged. Each part of God’s new, wonderful creation was filled with life and excitement. Everything was good. Everything was beautiful. Everything was happy. So each part of Creation took its place at God’s command. And God saw that it was good.
Earth had a tremendously important job to do in order to bring forth much fruit. But she was young and rather vain, and wished some glory for herself. As she looked up to the sky and saw the sun, moon and stars shining so brilliantly, she wondered why God had fashioned her so–plain and unpleasantly clumpy. She looked at the happy, sparkling ocean, with its waves glistening (to shine by reflection) in the sunlight, and she began to envy those around her.
How God placed all those plants within the earth and in one day created the beautiful Garden of Eden, we do not know. It was not a slow, patient process as it is today. It was part of the miracle of the Creation. Complete and mature plants appeared, each with their seed already placed within them.
Suddenly Earth began to feel broken and strange. She felt the grass and trees and flowers reaching their tendrils (a twisting, threadlike stalk, which a climbing plant uses to attach itself to a support) and roots deep into her heart. She could feel the movement of life; the motion of the grass and flowers. At that moment she began to see the incredible beauty of the garden that drew its life from her. She looked in awe at the dazzling colors and blossoms which lay on her surface. But instead of feeling happy with her part in the garden, she began to think, What about me? No one sees me or notices me at all. I do all the work, but they get all the admiration.
Then she saw how the wind gaily played with the flowers and grass. Without thinking, she tried to dance and imitate the swaying flowers. But as she began to shake and quake, the poor plants were totally uprooted. Trees fell. Bruised and broken flowers were strewn everywhere. The lacy tapestry of living green became disheveled, and the garden lay in shambles. God rushed to replace each plant, gently pushing it back into the earth.
Earth lay still. Knowing her foolishness, she awaited God’s judgment. She had no need to fear. God lovingly looked upon her and said, “You do not understand, My dear Earth, how necessary you are to My world. Though you are hidden and unseen, the garden could not exist without you. Seek not to glorify yourself, nor attempt to dance the graceful dance of the flowers. Be willing to be covered and concealed, and be thrilled with the new life and fruitfulness that you help to nourish and feed. Be still and do your part to hold together and support this beautiful garden. Without you, there could be no garden at all. Rejoice, My dear Mother Earth, that you have been called and chosen and privileged to bear fruit for Me in this way.”
Then, to show Earth that He forgave and truly trusted her, and to show how much He appreciated her ministry of serving, nourishing and giving life to others, the Lord God formed His ultimate creation–man–out of the dust of Mother Earth. He breathed the breath of life into his nostrils, and man became a living soul, created in God’s Own image. Of all the beautiful, glorious parts of His creation, God chose the plain, lowly dirt of the earth to be the mother of life.
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The account from Genesis 1-3 from the Holy Book the Bible:
The Creation of the World
1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. 3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. 6 And God said, “Let there be an expanse1 in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” 7 And God made2 the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so. 8 And God called the expanse Heaven.3 And there was evening and there was morning, the second day. 9 And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry land Earth,4 and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. 11 And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants5 yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. 12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening and there was morning, the third day. 14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons,6 and for days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. 16 And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. 17 And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day. 20 And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds7 fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.” 21 So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23 And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day. 24 And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so. 25 And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 26 Then God said, “Let us make man8 in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. 28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. 30 And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. 31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day.
The Seventh Day, God Rests
1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2 And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. 3 So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.
The Creation of Man and Woman
4 These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens. 5 When no bush of the field1 was yet in the land2 and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground, 6 and a mist3 was going up from the land and was watering the whole face of the ground— 7 then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. 8 And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. 9 And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. 10 A river flowed out of Eden to water the garden, and there it divided and became four rivers. 11 The name of the first is the Pishon. It is the one that flowed around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 And the gold of that land is good; bdellium and onyx stone are there. 13 The name of the second river is the Gihon. It is the one that flowed around the whole land of Cush. 14 And the name of the third river is the Tigris, which flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates. 15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat4 of it you shall surely die.” 18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for5 him.” 19 Now out of the ground the Lord God had formed6 every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. 20 The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adam7 there was not found a helper fit for him. 21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22 And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made8 into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”9 24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.
1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You1 shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3 but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” 4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise,2 she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths. 8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool3 of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”4 10 And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” 11 He said, “Who told you that you were naked?
(If you ask somebody, “who told you that?” you mean that you did not tell that person that thing. In other words God did not tell Adam and Eve that they were naked and should be ashamed – think of it!)
Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” 14 The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. 15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring5 and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” 16 To the woman he said, “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be contrary to6 your husband, but he shall rule over you.” 17 And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; 18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. 19 By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” 20 The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.7 21 And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them. 22 Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—” 23 therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. 24 He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life.
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How was it Possible that Adam and Eve Made the Wrong Choice in the Garden of Eden?
Adam and Eve lived in a perfect world. There was absolutely nothing bad or destructive or hurtful, so why would they want to look for something else? This, for us, is unimaginable, especially knowing the fact that they knew God in person: “And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day…”- Genesis 3:8
Why couldn’t they just trust that what God had said was right and the best? Why did they listen to Satan and question what God had said as being the right thing to follow? Satan told them that they would become like God and know about good and evil, if they would just eat of the fruit of this one tree that was forbidden for them to eat of by God. Man is curious by nature and wants to know more, but how could they not know what good and evil was and why did they want to know it so bad that they disobeyed God? To understand this we have to put ourselves in their shoes: they were surrounded only by good, there was nothing bad, so how could they know what good actually is and how good they had it if there was no comparison? And how could they even know what obedience or disobedience is when they never experienced it? It took a bite of that forbidden fruit to awaken their conscience in them to tell them that they had just done something bad.
And it took for them to be cast out of the Garden of Eden to understand how good the garden had been and how bad, scary, and dangerous this world can be. Now they knew the meaning of the words “good” and “evil”, “obedience” and “disobedience” that were completely beyond their imagination before. And now they knew that God is truth, and Satan is a liar. Before that they did not even know the meanings of “the truth” and “a lie”.
To fully understand something we therefore need a comparison. God gave men a free will and just like he did not stop Adam and Eve from making the wrong choice so He does not want us today to be hindered from making up our own minds. He does not desire anybody to worship him only because they have no other choice and do not know anything else, but he wants people to see different possibilities and hear of different opinions and then make their own choices out of their own free will. His only desire is that we will love him out of our own free will. Is this not also how you imagine a God that is called love and mercy, goodness and kindness? To be born into a certain religion and not be allowed to choose for yourself would not be all these good things, or?
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P.S. Did you like the words written here? Were they an enlightenment to your soul? Would you or a friend or acquaintance be able to translate this page into a language a majority of Muslims speak like Arabic, Farsi, French, Hindi etc.? Would you be able and like to help enlightening the Islamic world and be a tool in this for God to use to His glory and spreading of His Good News? May God bless you and make you a blessing to many!