The Creation of Man
to the description of creation in the Old Testament, in the Book of Genesis,
man was God's final creation. That does not mean that God does not continue to
create. It is written in the New Testament that Christ said, "My Father is
working until now, and I am working (John 5:17)." This means that God
continues creating. When we say that God's final creation was man, we are
referring to the Creation that took place in six days.
was man the final creation of God? Simply because man belongs to neither the
material world alone nor only to the spiritual world. He is comprised of two
components: one, spiritual--the soul; the other, material--the body. And in
this way, he is the connecting link between the spiritual and the material
worlds. To understand this better, let us see what the Holy Scriptures say
about how God created man.
created all creatures with only one word. But in creating man, He followed a
completely different method. God--the Father, the Son, and the Holy
Spirit--said, Let Us create man. "And the Lord God formed man from the
dust of the earth, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of Life. And man
became a living being" (Genesis, 2:7). We see that God used a different
method for man. And he made a special effort. He gave him soul and body and
made him sovereign upon earth, to have authority over all earthly things.
soul of man, as the spiritual component, is of great value, so much so that
Christ tells us, "What profit is there to a man if he gain the whole world
and loseth his own soul, or what giveth a man in exchange for his soul?"
(Mark, 8:36-37). And the body, too, has great worth, because the soul acts
together with it. The body is the temple of the spirit that dwells therein.
"Do you not know that the body is the temple of the Holy Spirit within you
that you have from God?" (I Corinthians, 6:19) St. Paul asks. And the
body, which is made of clay and is material, is destined not to be lost. It is
sanctified by the Spirit of God that dwells within it. It receives the Body and
Blood of Christ at the time of Holy Communion. With death it will return to the
earth, but at the Second Coming of Christ and the Resurrection of all, it will
be resurrected. Resurrected. Reunited with the soul. Incorruptible and
immaterial, to live forever with the soul near God. The two, body and the soul,
will comprise for eternity each man's personal identity.
this point we should pay attention to something. The Scriptures often speak to
us about soul and spirit. They are one and the same. Man's spirit is his soul.
It should not be confused with the Holy Spirit, or the Spirit of God, as the
Holy Spirit is often called. Nor should we think that the soul and the spirit
of man are two different things. The followers of Makrakis make this mistake,
and think that man is tripartite. No. Man is comprised of two parts, not three.
He is comprised of body and soul, or spirit.
is how God created man. In order for man not to be alone, He gave him a
helpmate and partner. He created Eve from Adam's side. How unique is the way in
which woman was created. It was done this way so that there would be no doubt
that woman is of the same nature and substance as man and so that there would
always be cooperation between them. Man complements woman, and woman
complements man; the two complement each other. They do not live alone, but
is born of Adam and Eve. All who live today are their offspring. But it seems
strange, then, that we can have whites and blacks, those of the yellow and red
races. How could there be so many races and so many languages? Yes, it is true
that we now have many races and languages. But this was not so at first. Even
after the Great Flood, at the time of Noah, "All of the earth had one language
and one voice" (Genesis, 11:1). This means that there was one race of
people on the earth, and that they all spoke the same language. Then what
happened? How were we fragmented? People multiplied. They became proud and
egoistic. They began not to respect God. They decided to build the Tower of
Babel. Not for the Glory of God, but for their own glory. Perhaps they thought
that they could gaze upon God from there. Who knows? Perhaps they had in mind
to climb higher than God, or to tear God down. Like the nonsense that some say
today, that God is dead. And so it was that God came down and confused their
languages, and people became divided into nations. With climatological
conditions, their appearance and colour slowly changed, and they became almost
unrecognizable to each other. They certainly do seem so different from each
other today. They certainly often dislike each other. They are from the same
Ancestor, Adam. From the same couple, Adam and Eve. From the same blood. St.
Paul makes this very clear to us in Acts. He says that God "created every
nation of man from one blood to live on all the face of the earth" (Acts,
created man according to His image, intending him to be like Him. But we shall discuss
this and other matters having to do with the creation of man in the next
Creator of the entire
world, spiritual and material, the visible and the invisible, Creator of man,
we praise You and thank You for Your creation and for sustaining and governing
the world. It is You alone Who sustain and govern the world, with Your divine
and eternal laws. It is You Who created man a dual-natured creature, a link
between the spiritual and material world. It is You Who placed him a ruler over
the earth. He disobeyed You, and has often continued his disobedience. He
thinks that he is better able to care for himself than are You, although
actually he is creating his own destruction. We fervently beseech You,
intervene. Stop our downward rush. Raise us up. Through Your Holy Spirit, as on
the day of Pentecost, call us all to unity with each other and with You. You
are our creator, our joy, and our ultimate goal.