When many readers focus on the First and Second Chapters of Genesis, they see the Second Chapter as a continuation of the recounting and explanation of the creation of man that originated in the First Chapter. Not so! The Second Chapter is in sharp contrast to the First. Why do I say that? The basis of such a response starts with one’s understanding of God.
Chapter One refers to God as God, whereas, Chapter Two calls him Lord God. This name change occurs after “there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.” Secondly, the First Chapter describes man as being created “in his (God’s) own image, in the image of God created he him,” whereas in the Second Chapter, “Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life.” The question becomes Why was there a need for God re-create man after he had already been created? and What is the difference between being made in God’s image and being made from dirt? Hmm-m-m-m … think about that.
Let’s deal with the understanding of God. The Bible says God is Spirit and gives many instances where he is referred to as Truth and Love. Embracing the Bible’s concept of God in totality, I see him as Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth and Love. So, if all seven of these entities combine as One God, everything about him is good. Further, he made man (a generic term for both male and female) in his image and likeness–meaning he made man an exact replica of himself. What does that mean? It means man is made up of the substance of God, namely: Mind, Spirit, Soul, Principle, Life, Truth and Love. Then … why would God decide he had to re-create man out of dirt–dirt that has nothing to do with God’s image? That is totally illogical, and … God is not illogical, he is divine intelligence!
A better explanation is: Chapter One describes the spiritual man–man made in God’s image. Chapter Two is a description of mortal man–man made from dirt–error or nothingness. The true nature of man is spiritual, but when mortal thinking causes a mist–a darkness of thought to enter consciousness, the human mind gives a false identification of both God and man. It is a false belief based on everything being material–nothingness. This false sense not only gives an untruthful identification of man, it also gives one of God–calling him “Lord God,” a humanizing of God, and God is never human, nor does he possess any human attributes, nor express human emotions. He is Spirit. In many instances in the Bible. the Jewish concept of God is one that expresses anger, revenge and punishment. Jesus preached against this false concept of God and man, and that is why he was crucified.
Moses, in the Book of Genesis, gives two distinct creations of man, and two distinct identifications of God. He’s saying in Chapter One that there is only One God, and one man created by God. God is Spirit and man is spiritual. However, as stated, when false belief or darkness of thought enters the human mind, (as in Chapter Two) God takes on human qualities and becomes Lord God, and man is no longer spiritual, but sees everything from a material basis. Example: The body becomes physical not spiritual; man is mortal, not immortal; man lives and dies, not man lives eternally.
Adam is the “darkness upon the face of the deep.” The spiritual man is never Adam and sees light (truth), never darkness. The “fruit” that Adam and Eve ate, was the acceptance of man being both material and spiritual, but as the light of truth touches the soul of man, he recognizes that man is totally spiritual, never human, but divine, made in God’s likeness. The challenge today, is to rise above mortal thinking and replace each thought, each idea, poisoned by material thinking, with divine wisdom and understanding.
Each day is an opportunity to prove the true identity of man. As humans, we get it right sometimes and sometimes we don’t, but as we “put off” the old concept of man and “put on” the new understanding, we can demonstrate more and more our true, divine nature.
Sometimes it seems like a daunting process because for centuries, we have lived too much of the “old man.” Let’s begin the new!