“Life is not a matter of creating a special name for ourselves, but of uncovering the name we have always had.” – Richard Rohr, Immortal Diamond
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God made the two great lights, the greater one to govern the day, and the lesser one to govern the night, and the stars. God set them in the dome of the sky, to illuminate the earth, to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. God saw that it was good.
For whatever reason, there are two creation stories in the bible.
Today’s scripture verses come from the first.
The second version is in the second chapter of Genesis that features Adam and Eve and what is known as “the fall” when the perfect humans first sinned.
None of these stories are meant to be taken literally – as though they are factually true.
However, they are still true in that they teach truth.
Obviously, the writer did not know of the mammoth size of the universe because he or she thought the stars were fixed in a set dome over a flat Earth.
The point is: God made it.
Science is showing us that God’s method of creating was evolution.
As for “the fall,” morality has evolved with our consciousness.
We all know that human beings have a tendency to sometimes make selfish choices, hence we fall, or, in religious lingo, we sin.
For some reason, many Christian teachers have emphasized the fall and human sinfulness.
They seem to forget about the other creation story, when God kept saying, “It was good.”
And when everything was made, God called it “very good” (Genesis 1:31).
We would do well to remember this.
Some call it “original blessing.”
Humanity and all of creation is very good at the core.
When God looks at each of us, God sees the inner diamond of our soul.
Sure, there will be consequences for our poor choices, but not in the context of reward and punishment.
The context is that we are each taking part in God’s unfolding masterpiece.
We will one day look back and assess all the good and bad things we did and will learn from them.
We may even have to make amends for the pain we caused others.
But it will all be done in the gaze of a Love beyond our wildest imagination!
As St. Paul put it: “Love never fails” (1 Corinthians 13:8).
Count on it!
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