Does the Bible Have 2 Different Creation Stories?
Genesis 1 and 2
I have witnessed many skeptics make claims that the bible is in error because of two accounting creation stories in both Genesis 1 and 2. I will appeal to both of these claims by properly representing the nature of God.
When Christians interpret these passages some have either taken it as an error or that God is describing one story more in depth. Let’s suppose that the nature of God is fully Spirit and then we will read the text and put it into its proper perspective. I also pray that as a Christians when we are reading the scripture we are asking that the Holy Spirit give us proper revelation and that we are not leaning on our own understanding.
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Let’s pull a couple of things from this text.
-First: God made man in his image and after his likeness
-Second: Male and Female where both created at the same time.
-(Far Stretch) When he speaks of making man, he is speaking of mankind, He goes on to say male and female he created them. Genders are established here. (I am so so about this due to lack of scriptural support, just my theory though)
The common misconception is that most would presume that this is in contradiction to Genesis 2 which states.
7 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.
18 And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
21 And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
22 And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
23 And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
Let’s pull a couple things from this text
-First: Man(singular) was formed from the dust of the ground.
-Second: According to verse 18, there was a period of time where Adam was alone, by himself.
-Third: Adam realizes that the Woman(Eve) That God had created came from his flesh, his own bones.(They both are physical beings according to this creation account)
The Proper interpretation.
John 4:24 Mentions that God is Spirit. Therefore he is not carnal or made from dirt like man. Therefore in the first chapter when God said he made male and female in his image, he actually made them spiritually. Spiritually man was made together, at one time.
Jeremiah 1:5 God says “before I formed you in the womb I knew you” Therefore, it could be assumed that God knew Jeremiah before he was ever a physical manifestation of himself. The same could be said about Adam. Before he formed him from the dust of the ground he knew him in Genesis chapter 1. I believe in Genesis chapter 1 God created mankind(plural), male and female (This is very theoretical on my behalf, although it doesn’t matter very much to the truth of the matter)
I Believe Genesis 2 accounts for God forming the first man Adam out of the dust of the ground and the physical woman Eve out of the rib of the man.
Man is the only being I can think of created by God that is both Spiritual and Physical in nature.
Therefore, do not look at it as two different story accounts, look at it as the making of two different natures of a man, and then God combining the two.
Scripture also says God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. Breath actually means Pneumia in Greek which also translates as Spirit as well.
The reason everyone man or woman that is born does not come out spiritually is because the physical body is spoken about as a container for the spirit man. When Adam made a son, He made a son after his image and likeness according to Genesis 3:5. Which means that Adams offspring would have the Physical nature and Spiritual nature as well.
As people we see the natural realm as primary, but in God’s eyes the spiritual realm is primary because God was Spirit before nature or physicality was ever conceived. Therefore if God where to make a being Spiritual and Physical. It is only logical that he would have made the Spirit first. Which most resembles his image and likeness
John 1:14 And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us
Earlier in this passage it says the Word was God. It then says the Word
“Became Flesh” and dwelt among us (Jesus).
If God was flesh already, he would not have to “become Flesh”. But he is Spirit, therefore he had to “Become Flesh”. So I believe when he created man, He created their Spiritual Nature first (In his image and likeness) and then their physical bodies in the second chapter.
Paul makes a clear distinction hear between the flesh and the spirit. All that is going on in this passage is happening within one person and it is a result of the fall of man in the Garden.
Galatians 5;17 For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.