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The world and everything in it comes from the


loving power of God
2. All created things and human history have a
meaning, purpose and destiny
3. The life of every person is not a private
possession but is created, sustained and guided
now by the creative, saving will and love of the
Almighty God
*Creation is the foundation of God’s saving plan
and the beginning of salvation history which
culminates in Christ (CCC 280)
“Creator”- most fundamental
image of God

God - the only Uncreated


Reality
- the Primary Cause for
existing
- saving God of the
Covenant

God, the Creator is


transcendent yet immanent
in all, constantly sustaining it
in existence (CCC 300)
Church Teachings: “The three Divine
Persons act together as one God in
creating, redeeming and sanctifying”
In Creation:
God the Father creates through his Son
(Word), in the Holy Spirit (Wisdom) (1 Cor.
8:6; 2 Cor. 3:6; Jn. 1:1-3; Col. 1:15-17)
Accounts of Creation
1. Gen. 1:1-2:4a: God appears as the sovereign
Lord who establishes creation in a formal six-
day pattern
2. Gen. 2:4b-25: presents God in a closer
relationship with human beings
These accounts present the religious faith
insight into why all things exist and what is
their ultimate meaning and significance
Close to Filipinos’ creation myth: Potter
forming clay into whatever kind of object he
desires

"O house of Israel, can I not do with you as this


potter has done? says the LORD. Behold,
like the clay in the potter's hand, so are you
in my hand, O house of Israel.”
Jer. 18:6
Bible and Science
Science explains “how”
Bible explains “why”

Both explanations are valid and necessary.


They complement each other and together
Genesis accounts of creation:
1. Focus on “why”: the meaning and purpose of
everything
2. Does not teach on how heaven was
constructed but how to get there
3. It is not against the scientific theory of
evolution
Church Teaching from
Vatican I
1. God creates out of His
divine goodness
2. God creates by a free,
intentional, purposeful
act
3. God creates out of
nothing
Christian Faith proclaims:
1. All creation is real (not an illusion)
2. All creation is intelligible (not meaningless
and purposeful)
3. All creation is good (nothing created is
intrinsically evil)
Consequences:
 All creation is real and good in itself
 There is nothing to be worshipped
Man as Crown of Creation
Christian Faith: man is the crown and key to God’s
creation:
“What is man that thou art mindful of him, and the
son of man that thou dost care for him? Yet thou
hast made him little less than God, and dost crown
him with glory and honor. Thou hast given him
dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast
put all things under his feet” (Ps. 8:5-7)
Only man is capable of knowing and loving his
creator and called to share, by knowledge
and love, in God’s own life

Human individual possesses the dignity of a


person as someone capable of self-
knowledge, self-possession and of freely
giving himself and entering into communion
with other persons
Man: Male and Female

They are for each other

For the purpose of procreation and subduing


the earth
Personal Aspects of
Creation
1. God’s continuing
creativity
2. Personal responsibility
3. Creator’s promise to be
with His creatures
Angels:

St. Augustine: angel means ministering


spirits to serve those who are to inherit
salvation (Heb. 1:4; Mt. 4:11; 8:10; 26:53)
Angels are purely spiritual creatures with
intelligence and will; personal and immortal
creatures surpassing in perfection all visible
creatures
Role of Angels in
Salvation History
1. Protector
2. Messenger
3. Signs and instruments
of God’s love and care
for his People
Stewardship:
PCP II: we have responsibilities to our private
property and ecological care of the earth

Responsibility means human solidarity, being


responsible to all and for all
Bible on Sin
Gen. 3:5- “They wanted to be like God”
Image: serpent (evil force called “Satan”)
Effects of Sin :
1.Separation from each other
2.Separation from others
3.Separation form community
4.Separation from nature
5.Death
“All are deprived from glory” (Rom. 3:23)
Church on Sin
Original Sin is not the
personal sin of Adam
and Eve but the sinful
condition we are born

Thus we need
redemption from Christ
Original Sin is the state in which we are
born as members of human race

Original since it dates from the origin of


human race.
Sin because it is a state contrary to
God’s will
Description of Sin Today
1. Sin of the world- pollute atmosphere and sinful
structures of injustice oppression and exploitation
2. Personal interior dimension of original sin-
concupiscence
3. Ratification of original sin by our sinful thoughts,
word and deeds