A Haiku - Creation
"God's time" is not ours.
When did God give man spirit?
At what stage of growth?
Painted that instant we've viewed.
Was he inspired to?
Surely God chose when.
He gave Adam spirit then.
Why debate his birth?
Michelangelo (1475-1564) Inspired Painter
There has been endless discussion about the possible symbolism surrounding Michelangelo's famous painting of the creation of Adam.
The painting is second only to Leonardo's painting The Mona Lisa in its continuing fame.
Michelangelo was portraying scenes from Genesis in the Bible relating in this instance to God's creation of Adam.
Creationists assert that Adam was literally created in the image of God, and allow for no evolution of Adam to reach the point at which he appeared as modern man appears.
Evolutionists, on the other hand, assert that modern man is the result of natural evolution through a series of lesser forms until finally modern man appears and looks as he looks today.
I believe that both can be correct, if Michelangelo's painting of the creation of Adam was inspired in showing an evolved Adam receiving the spark of divinity from God to create an Adam made in God's image and possessing a soul of spirit given to him by God.
Of the various discussions of the possible symbolism in the painting it is often pointed out that the Adam of the painting is drawn having a belly button indicative of his having been born of a woman before his being created in the image of God.
An evolved Adam as the first to receive God's acceptance and God's blessing of spirit, seems far more acceptable to me than the "either he evolved" or "he was created" dictums of those on either side of what remains drawn out as a "totally science" or "totally faith" dilemna.
Michelangelo, like me, may have pondered not involving himself in a further debate over how to portray an Eve being created from one of Adam's "evolved" or "created" ribs.
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