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Does the Bible Have 2 Different Creation Stories?

Updated on December 25, 2014

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.

Genesis 1

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.


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    • Paul K Francis profile image

      Paul K Francis 

      3 years ago from east coast,USA

      I have often thought of 'image and likeness' as a spiritul thing, and I like your ideas about it, and how you apply it to, yes, the one creation story. I enjoyed reading your hub.

    • Kiss andTales profile image

      Kiss andTales 

      3 years ago

      I appreciate your understanding paradise !

      You are correct about the copies.

      Example suppose some one a has natural disaster ,we know of the many real situations, but what is lost is the many valuable memories of photos ,documents ,and even family heirlooms. So with that situation what does a family do. They reach out for the copies they passed around to family members and friends.

      This happen to me when my mom passed years ago ,her landlord having no compassion got rid of things that were none replaceable , so it was a good thing that my Aunt had copies of the same photos documents were traced by Goverment files .

      So true even though the bible writings were on papas writings and deteriorated, there were many copies still circulated from different area of the world .

      So even though we have copies we have what those real documents contain.

      And yet people have to know the difference in what people read and translate from these documents

      Why we all have access we all may read a different meaning ,but it takes God's spirit to help you understand what he is saying. We need his decoder.

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      3 years ago from Upstate New York

      Your explanation makes sense to me. There are many mysteries in the Bible, and many apparent contradictions that I believe are due to translation errors mostly. Much of the Old Testament comes to us from a period of time when some usages of Hebrew and Greek have become archaic and have fallen out of common usage, so the exact translation of surviving original documents is very difficult. We're dealing with fragments; most of the Bible as we know it was passed down, either verbally and then transcribed at a much later date, or what survives is fragments of copies of verbal transcriptions and the original documents are long lost.

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      Kiss andTales 

      3 years ago

      Thank you for your wonderful hub ! It gives attention to our wonderful history.

      To answer the question we can start with this thought ,Reference Bible De 32:4 The Rock, perfect is his activity, For all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness, with whom there is no injustice; Righteous and upright is he.

      He is a God of order and so this is a list of that order.

      As an example just like a movie trailer. We have a summery of what the movie is about. But when we go see the movie then we have detailed information of it entirety . This is the case with creation . One is summery, and one is detailed even to conversations. But both are about the same subjects.

      1 Creation of heavens and earth (1, 2) Six days of preparing the earth (3-31) Day 1: light; day and night (3-5) Day 2: expanse (6-8) Day 3: dry land and vegetation (9-13) Day 4: heavenly luminaries (14-19) Day 5: fish and birds (20-23) Day 6: land animals and humans (24-31) 2 God rests on the seventh day (1-3) Jehovah God, Maker of heaven and earth (4) Man and woman in the garden of Eden (5-25) Man formed out of dust (7) Forbidden tree of knowledge (15-17) Creation of woman (18-25) 3 Origin of man’s sin (1-13) The first lie (4, 5) Jehovah’s judgment on the rebels (14-24) Woman’s offspring foretold (15) Expulsion from Eden (23, 24)

      Psalms 83:18 is God's personal name which I very much use and respect.

      So in my reply to your questions of your hub that is very important.


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