IN THE BEGINNING GOD
Have you ever wondered how everything in the world began? All people at some time will stop and think, “Those beautiful flowers…roses, pansies, tulips…where did they come from?” Many of you have pets…dogs, cats, ducks, horses…where did they come from? At night when you see the stars, moon and the big black sky, maybe you wonder, “Where did all this start? How did it begin?” “Who made all these things?” Have you ever thought, “Where did man come from?” Many schools teach that our great-grandparents started from monkeys or little frogs. This is silly because monkeys do not change into people today. Do you think that a little frog can become a little boy or girl? What is the truth about the beginning? It was a long time ago and no one today was alive when everything started. Today there are more than three billion people in the world. How did they begin? At the beginning there had to be a father and a mother. Where did they come from? There are many animals today…dogs, cats, horses, cows, rabbits, lions, tigers and many others. In the beginning there had to be at least two, a mother and a father. But where did the first father and mother animals come from? It is the same with all life. The fish, the birds and even the bugs had to have a beginning. How did life on earth begin?
DID LIFE MAKE ITSELF?
Before the beginning there were no trees and flowers, no sun, no sky, no clouds, no animals, birds or fish. There was not one boy, girl, man or woman. There was nothing but God. God has always been. God had no beginning and will have no end. Look around you. Look outside. This is a great big world. How did it all begin? Look at the clouds, the trees, the grass and the earth. How did it all begin? Was it evolved or created? Did it just happen? How did everything in the world begin? Did man come from monkeys? What happened? How did everything begin?
THE BIBLE TELLS HOW EVERYTHING BEGAN
To know how everything began, you must read the Bible. The Bible is God’s book or letter to you. The Bible explains the beginning of all things. God did not have a beginning. God is eternal without a beginning or end. In the beginning God created all things. “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).
Man can make things from things, but God made Heaven and earth from nothing. A watchmaker can make a watch. A woman can make a dress. A factory worker can make cars, but no man is powerful enough to make or create this great world. No man can make himself. No man is wise enough to think about all the things that are needed in this world. No man is able to make the air to breathe, the sun to give heat or the seasons that give rain and snow. Who can make all these things? The Bible gives us the answer. The Bible says, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” God used His great power and wisdom to make the heaven and the earth. God is great and God is good. The Bible tells us that God made everything. In the beginning God made everything in six days. The word “create” means to make from nothing. Man cannot create but only make things. Only God can create the heaven and earth.
THIS IS WHAT HAPPENED THE FIRST SIX DAYS
The First Day – On the first day God said, “Let there be light…” When God finished speaking, the light happened. God looked at the light. God was pleased. God was satisfied with the light. God then separated the light and the dark. God named the light, DAY. God named the dark, NIGHT. God made evening and morning. This is the way God began to make the world. God is a great God. “And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day” (Genesis 1:3-5). The first day God made day and night. The first day was finished.
The Second Day – The second day God made the beautiful, blue sky. God called the sky, HEAVEN.
“And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day” (Genesis 1:6-8).
This is how God began to make the world. This is how things started. The first and second day were finished. (…continue next page)
The Third Day – God made the rivers, the lakes and the big, wide sea. God made the dry land to appear. God named the dry land, earth. God looked and was pleased with all He had made. On this same day God made the soft, green grass to cover the ground. God made the flowers to grow. He made roses in beautiful colors and daisies in pretty white and gold. God made all flowers. God made them beautiful to see and sweet to smell. The third day God made everything that grows on the earth. This was how grass, trees, flowers and everything that grows from the ground began. The third day was finished.
“And God said, “Let the waters under the heaven be gathered …unto one place, and let the dry land appear… And God called the dry land earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he seas: and God saw that it was good. And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the third day.” –Genesis 1: 9-13.
The Fourth Day – The fourth day God created two great lights in the heavens.
“And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years: And let them be for lights … to give light upon the earth… God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. And God set them … give light upon the earth, and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the fourth day” (Genesis 1:14-19).
God made two great lights in the sky. The greater light God named the Sun. This great light shines during the day. God made the sun just the right size and put it the right distance from the earth so it could give us the light and heat we need. The smaller light God named the Moon.
The moon shines at night. God made it beautiful to see. On the same day God made the stars and all the lights in the heaven. On a clear night, when the moon is not too bright, you can see about 400 or 500 stars, but there are thousands and thousands more stars. There are billions of stars in the sky. God knows all the stars and He knows each one by name. “He telleth the number of the stars he calleth them all by their names” (Psalm 147:4). The fourth day was finished.
The Fifth Day – God made the things that live in the waters and things that fly in the sky. God made the different fish to live in the water. Fish would die if they were not in the water. God made the big fish like the big whale, and the little fish like the goldfish. God made all living things in the oceans, the seas, the lakes and all the waters. On this same day God made the birds and flying things in the sky. God made the robin redbreast, the little brown sparrow and the bluebird. God made the big eagles and the small, yellow canary. God made the hens which give us nice fresh eggs to eat. This is how God made the fish and the birds.
“And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature (fish) that hath life, and fowl (birds) that may fly above the earth … And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl (birds) after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. And the evening and the morning were the fifth day” (Genesis 1:20-23). The fifth day was finished.
The Sixth Day – On the sixth day God made the ANIMALS and all living things on the earth. God was pleased. “And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature (animals) after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind…and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good” (Genesis 1:24-25). It was a very busy day. (…continue next page)
GOD MADE EVERYTHING FOR MAN
In six days God made all things in the heavens and earth. God looked upon all that He made and He said, “It is good.” Now when you see the trees, the grass and the flowers, you know that God made them. When you see the sun, the moon and the stars, you know that God made them. When you see the fish and the birds, you know that God made them. When you see the horses, cows, dogs, cats and all the wonderful animals, you know that God made them. God is wonderful. God is great and very wise to make all these wonderful things. God finished the heaven and the earth, the land, the seas, the sun, the moon and the stars. God finished the grass, trees and flowers. God finished the fish and birds. God finished all the animals. Everything was wonderful, but there was something missing. There was no person in this world for God to talk to and to love with a special love. The next thing God did on the sixth day was the most wonderful of all …God made a man. God shaped dirt into the body of a man. God breathed life into the body and man became a soul and alive. God was satisfied. The sixth day was finished.
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle… So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” — Genesis 1:26-27
“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.” — Genesis 2:7
ADAM – THE FIRST MAN
The first man was not a cave man. But the first man was made by God. God named the first man, ADAM. God created everything for Adam. God gave Adam a place to live. It was a beautiful garden with flowers and trees. The garden was named Eden. It was a beautiful garden with bees and butterflies going from flower to flower. Animals lived in the garden.
At first, none of the animals had names. God told Adam to give names to all the animals and all the creatures. Adam named the birds and every animal. God told Adam to care for all that He had made. Adam was made ruler over the garden and the animals. Adam gave names to all the animals and to every living thing. Adam looked at a big animal with a long nose and called it an elephant. Adam named the dog, cat, lion, bear, horse, cow…one by one Adam named all the living things.
“God formed every beast (animal) of the field, and every fowl (birds) of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.” — Genesis 2:19-20
Adam was made to rule and take care of the things God made. But most important, now God had someone He could talk to and love with a special love. Adam loved God. Adam was happy with the animals. Adam was happy in his garden home, Eden. Adam ruled over the land and animals. God made everything, but Adam named everything and was ruler over all.
EVE – THE FIRST WOMAN
Adam was happy with the animals. The animals were his pets, but the animals could not talk to Adam. Adam was lonesome because there was no other person in the garden to talk to him. All the animals had mates, but Adam had no mate (wife). Adam loved all the animals, but he was very lonely because he had no one to love and fellowship with him. The animals could not talk to Adam. Dogs had other dogs to be with. Lions had other lions. Birds had other birds and fish had other fishes. But Adam was a person and there were no other people. Adam was very lonesome. God saw that Adam was lonely and God understood about Adam. God decided that it was not good that man should be alone. He said, “…I will make him an help meet (wife) for him” (Genesis 2:18). God made Adam to sleep. He opened Adam’s side and with Adam’s rib God made a woman. Adam woke up and saw the woman. Adam was happy. Adam named her EVE. God made Eve to live with Adam and to be his wife. Adam and Eve loved each other. Adam and Eve were the first people and they are the father and mother of all people. Adam and Eve became the parents of all mankind. All families are descendants of Adam and Eve. All people belong to one family and all inherit DNA from their first parents, Adam and Eve.
Adam and Eve lived in the beautiful garden of Eden. There were so many nice things to do. They took care of the beautiful garden and watched the animals and birds. Everything was peaceful and beautiful. All the animals were friendly, even the lion. Everything was perfect. Adam and Eve were happy. (…continue next page)
THE TREE OF GOOD AND EVIL
Adam and Eve were happy in the garden. Everything was pure and perfect. There were no storms. The animals were all good because there was no sin. God made all things for Adam. One day God showed Adam a very large, beautiful tree in the middle of the garden. God told Adam, This is the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. You must NEVER eat of the fruit of this tree. Adam could eat fruit of all the trees in the garden but one. God told Adam not to eat the fruit of one tree.
“And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” –Genesis 2:16-17.
Adam Could Decide – God gave much to Adam, but God asked Adam to do just one thing for Him…. to obey Him. Adam heard and understood God. God did not want Adam to disobey and become sinful. Adam was created pure without sin. God wanted Adam to choose to obey Him. God gave Adam a choice…to obey God or to disobey God. God gave Adam everything and only asked him to love and obey Him. Love cannot be forced but must be given freely. God wanted man to choose to love Him.
LUCIFER THE DEVIL
God also made some wonderful beings. These are called ANGELS. God created all the angels. There are thousands and thousands of angels. God made the angels for many reasons. God made angels to serve Him. God made angels to protect people and keep them safe. God made angels to be messengers for Him. In Bible times angels carried news from God to the people. God made the angels to do many different things.
All the angels in the past were holy, but something very bad happened. One great angel named Lucifer became evil and bad. Lucifer was one of the highest angels. He was the Angel of Light. The Bible tells us that Lucifer wanted to be better than God. He decided to fight God. He led a large number of angels against God. But God cast Lucifer down with the other bad angels to the earth. Lucifer was jealous because man was ruler over the earth and animals. Adam and Eve now lived and ruled on the earth which Lucifer thought belonged to him.
“How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how are thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou has said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High. Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. They that see thee shall narrowly look upon thee, and consider thee, saying, Is this the man that made the earth to tremble, that did shake kingdoms.” — Isaiah 14:12-16
Who is the Devil? Lucifer and the other bad angels are called the Fallen Angels. Lucifer is now called the Devil, Serpent, Dragon, Satan and Evil One. He hates God and good. The Devil saw Adam and Eve in the garden. The Devil knew about the tree of good and evil. He knew that God told Adam not to eat the fruit of this tree. He was very jealous of Adam and Eve and God. The Devil wanted to stop Adam from obeying God. The Devil planned to make Adam disobey God. He hated Adam and the fellowship he had with God. He planned a way to destroy man. He did not like to see Adam have rule over the land and the animals. Adam must be stopped. The Devil is very smart and he planned to break Adam’s love and fellowship with God. The Devil still tries to make all people do wrong and disobey God. The Devil wants to ruin and destroy all people. (…continue next page)
THE BEGINNING OF SIN
The Devil began to watch Adam and Eve. One day, when Eve was walking through the garden, she came to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. It was the tree that God told them not to eat from. As Eve looked at the tree, the Devil entered the body of a snake. The Devil tempted Eve. Adam also was “with her.” (Genesis 3:6). The Devil tempted Eve as Adam watched and remained silent.
As Eve looked at the tree she heard a voice say, “….hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” (Genesis 3:1). Eve looked around and there she saw the snake. Eve told the snake that God had said they could eat of all the trees in the garden except that tree. If they ate of that tree, God had said they would die. The Devil was very smart and knew how to tempt Eve. The Devil lied and Eve believed the lie. The Devil lied, “….Ye shall not surely die.” He told Eve that God knew that when they ate of that tree they would be like gods, knowing good and evil. The Devil deceived and lied.
EVE LISTENED TO THE DEVIL
Eve listened to the Devil. Eve believed his lie. Eve took some fruit of the tree and ate it. She then gave some fruit to Adam who was with her and he ate it. Adam had remained silent. He should have said, “No,” Eve, let’s leave this place now.” But he took of the fruit. The Devil used Eve to make Adam fall. Adam was given the command and he was responsible. Both ate the fruit God told them not to eat. Adam could have said no, but he took the fruit. Adam ate the fruit and disobeyed God. As God promised, trouble came. That’s what happens when you disobey God. Adam and Eve began to think about what they had done. For the first time, they were afraid and hid from God.
Adam and Eve Feared God – They were afraid because they disobeyed God’s command. They had done what God told them not to do. That evening they heard the voice of God as He walked in the garden. They were afraid. They did not run to meet God as they had done before. They ran away and tried to hide behind some bushes. While Adam and Eve were trying to hide from God, they heard His voice, “…Adam….Where art thou?” Adam answered, “I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.” For the first time, man was afraid. Sin will bring fear of God. Sin will bring shame. Sin separates you from God. Adam was afraid and tried to hide from God. Sin causes people to try to hide from God. Sin always brings death and destruction (James 1:15). Sin always brings fear and the end of sin is always destruction. Christians need to hate sin and the Devil. The Devil wants to destroy the work of God. He tries to destroy marriages and ministries. The Devil is your enemy. God and the Devil have been at war for many years. The Devil hates those who follow God.
You Must Decide – As Adam you must also choose who you will follow. God wants you to follow Him and the Devil wants you to follow him. Who will win? Learn to say yes to God and no to the Devil. Decide to follow right and do not follow wrong. Your decisions will determine your directions. The best life is following God. Let God direct your life (Proverbs 3:5-6).
GOD AND SIN
God knew that Adam and Eve had done the one thing He told them not to do. God asked Adam if he had eaten the fruit of the tree. Adam was ashamed and blamed Eve. He told God that it was Eve’s fault… that she gave the fruit to him. Eve was ashamed and blamed it on the snake. Eve blamed the serpent because he told her to eat the fruit. God was very angry. He was sorry in His heart because Adam and Eve did not obey Him. God must punish Sin. God made them leave the garden. Then Adam had to work hard to make food grow. Eve had much pain when she gave birth to her children. God punished Adam and Eve when they disobeyed His command, but God still loved them.
SIN ENTERS INTO THE WORLD
For the first time sin came into the world. Sin changed the world. The world completely changed. Thorns and weeds started to grow. The animals became wild. Adam and Eve were changed. They knew good and bad. Adam and Eve were sent out from the garden of Eden. They were separated from God and could not fellowship with God. Adam and Eve began to grow old and began to die as God promised. All life was changed because of sin. Mankind, animals, plants, trees, and all the world was changed from that day till now. The world is not becoming better and better but it is becoming worse and worse. Because of Adam all have sin. Now all people are born with sin because of the first parents, Adam and Eve. You do not become a sinner, but you are born a sinner. Because of Adam all people have sin. All means all – there are no exceptions. All means you.
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” –Romans 3:23 (…continue next page)
THINGS GOD PUNISHED BECAUSE OF SIN
- God punished Adam and Eve – Because of sin all women will suffer in childbirth, men must work for food, and all have sin and will die. “Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee…” (Genesis 3:16-17).
- God Punished the Earth – “Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field” (Genesis 3:18). Before, everything was perfect but because of sin the earth now has thorns and weeds.
- God Punished the Serpent – “And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou are cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life” (Genesis 3:14).
- Adam and Eve cast from Eden – God sent Adam and Eve from the beautiful Garden of Eden. They must now work and suffer in their new world. Sin came into the world and changed the world, earth, animals, and all mankind. Man must now work for food and a woman will suffer when she gives birth to a baby. Sin changed the world.
FORGIVENESS OF SIN
God punished Adam and Eve. God still loved them. Adam and Eve were sorry for their sin. God forgave them. God killed an animal (lamb) and took the skin to cover Adam and Eve. Then God gave a promise that one day His Son, the Lamb of God, Jesus, would come to take away the sin of the world. The promise was fulfilled. “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). God made a way for sin to be forgiven. He gave Jesus to die on the cross for your sins. You need to accept God’s gift (Jesus) for your sins (John 3:16). God killed the animal to cover Adam and Eve and to hide their sinful nakedness. God forgave Adam and Eve of their sin. God promised that one day the Lamb of God (Jesus) would die on the cross to take away sins. Because of Adam all have sin. Because of Jesus Christ all can be forgiven and have peace with God (Romans 5:1). “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” (Romans 5:12).
Death came because of sin. The Bible says that all people are now born in sin. There is not one person who is perfect. All have sinned. “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23). Sin means not obeying God. Sin is lying, stealing, temper and many other things. Even children come into the world crying and soon starts lying. “The wicked are estranged from the womb (birth): they go astray (wrong) as soon as they be born, speaking lies” (Psalm 58:3). No one teaches a little child how to lie, because all children already know how to do wrong. All people have sin …rich, the poor, kings and queens, preachers, blind, hearing and Deaf have sin.
HOW CAN SIN BE FORGIVEN?
Many people think because they are a Baptist, Methodist, Catholic, Church of Christ, Church of God or member of some church, that they will go to Heaven. God does not look to see the name of your church when you die. He looks to see if you are saved. No one can go to Heaven without Jesus Christ. Only Jesus can save! “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Salvation is not the name of a church or program, but salvation is in a person, Jesus Christ. Jesus said, “……I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me” (John 14:6). When you accept Jesus as your Saviour, God forgives your sin. You are saved when you receive Christ and ask God to take away your sins. God saves you. You are born into the family of God. “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name” (John 1:12).
Do you know you are going to Heaven? Heaven is a beautiful place of peace and joy. It is a place where there is no sadness or sickness, a place of happiness forever. In Heaven there is no pain or hurt. In Heaven the blind will see and the deaf will hear. God wants you to go to Heaven, but God will not force you to be saved. God did not force Adam, but gave him a choice. God gives you a choice to make …Heaven or Hell. Saved means you have finished praying and you will not go to Hell. If you want to be saved you can now pray and receive Jesus Christ.
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