You will learn following topics in this lesson:
Do angels exist?
Do Satan and demons exits?
Is the universe a product of chance or the work of a creator?
What is the reason behind mankind’s present state?
These and many other questions of similar nature will be answered in this lesson.
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These questions are a subject of much discussion among people. We find the answer to these questions in the Bible, the word of God. God Himself created all spirits beings. Spirit beings are invisible beings who were created by God with a special purpose. These beings have been give various names, such as, spirits, angels, cherubs, seraphs, army of the LORD, principalities, power, rulers of darkness, “stars”, etc. The Bible is not referring to celestial bodies when calling these spirits beings “stars”, but rather the name is based on their peculiar characteristics.
The universe was not created by chance but was created by God Himself. In the Holy Bible, it is written in Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created heaven and the earth.” In the beginning there existed no one and nothing except God. Everything in the earth and universe had a beginning…but God always existed. When someone makes or builds something, he needs the necessary materials with which to make the things. No person can make something out of nothing. But what we need to realize is that God created all things without any pre-existing matter. As the Bible says ( in Hebrew 11:3), “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” Creating things from nothing is not impossible for God. The Bible says (in Jeremiah 32:17), ” Ah, Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee.” God did not need anyone’s advice to accomplish all this. He Himself has all knowledge. The Bible wisely says, “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgement, and his ways past finding out! ” (Romans 11: 33)
The earth was without form and void with God first created it. The earth was filled with darkness. The whole earth was covered with water. The spirit of God was moving upon the face of the waters. God was getting ready to bring His creation to completion. He completed His work of creation in six days. The following description gives the order of creation:
God created light on the first day. He said, “Let there be light” and there was light. Thus began the existence of physical light. God is the source of light. God created light by merely speaking a word. He created it without using anything. Then He divided the light from the darkness. He called the light day and the darkness He called night.
God created the firmament on the second day. Initially, the earth’s surface was covered with water. He separated the water into two places. He put one part on the earth and the other He put above in the sky. In between, He created the firmament, or open sky. The waters above covered the whole earth and carried a great quantity of water in the form of vapour. The earth’s climate was protected and made comfortable because of this special vapour covering.
God accomplished another amazing work on the third day. He commanded and as a result the water upon the surface of the earth all gathered itself into one place and dry land appeared. How great an event must have shaken the earth then! God omnipotent was in the process of creating the world by His power. And God caused innumerable kinds of vegetation to come from the ground, bearing seed after their own kind. The appearance of grass, herbs and trees made the earth look very beautiful.
God did more amazing things on the fourth day. He created the sun that gives light and heat to rule the day in order to make the climate of the earth even more suitable and useful. He also created the moon to rule the night. And He instantly filled the sky with innumerable stars. This further helped to make the earth a habitable place. These celestial bodies which are useful to mankind were created by God by His spoken Word itself.
On the fifth day, for the first time God created living creatures that move on earth. The sea became filled with innumerable kinds of sea animals. Creatures ranging form enormous whales to microscopic aquatic life began to move about in the waters. The great empty oceans now became a place of wonder as well as great value. Also, on this day itself, He created many different kinds of birds to fly in the open sky. The many kinds of birds with all kinds of sounds made the earth even more wonderful and precious. The earth was very beautiful and good.
God made even more powerful and capable creatures on the sixth day. They were the many kinds of land animals. They began to move about on the land. The climate of the earth was just right for them. God created these land animals by His word itself. The Bible tell us, “And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his own kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so” (Genesis 1:24). The world was extremely beautiful and perfect. What was God‘s purpose in creating all of these wonderful things?
When we consider all that God created the order in which He did so, we can easily understand that He was preparing it all for someone. If we see a family making ready some little clothes, a little cap, a crib and other such things, we conclude that someone is about to be born into that family. Similarly, the fact that the earth was adorned and made habitable in a special progression, leads us to conclude that someone special was about to be created and placed on earth. That “someone” was Ma. It was for man that the earth was made suitable. The Bible reveals, “And God said, Let us make man in our own image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth” (Genesis 1: 26). Thus God created man in His own image. It is also written, “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” (Genesis 2:7) Thus God created man in a special way from the dust of the ground. In all other instance of creation, God simply used His word. But in the creation of man, God did something very special.
Man was created in God’s image. In what way?
Thus, man was created in God‘s image.
God is the creator of man. He is also his Master. For the first man God created a beautiful garden, a most delightful and plentiful place. That was the Garden of Eden. Trees with fruits of every taste, flowering plant of every colour and beauty were arranged in that garden. Beautiful rivers were placed there for watering the garden. The rivers were plenteous in precious metals. Beautiful aquatic animals were placed in them. In addition, there were two specials trees in the midst of the garden. One was called the Tree of life and other the Tree of the knowledge of Good and Evil. This garden was given for man’s dwelling place in which the first man was vested with authority and entrusted with responsibilities.