Julia L. Garcia
THEOLOGY REFLECTION PAPER
1. What is the personal message/meaning of the creation stories from you?
Since I was a little girl, I was fascinated with the story of creation in Genesis. I must have been six or seven years old when I read it for the first time from the old Bible of my uncle. I remember being absolutely awestruck by the great power of God who ordered and things came to be. At that time, I imagined the author of the Biblical text as being an eyewitness to the creation and faithfully reporting of what he had seen. The first chapters of the Book of Genesis reflect on the mystery of God, the creator of everything that exists, the creator of heaven and earth. Everything that is, exists because God had
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God did not say, “Go and get ready to offer Isaac and I’ll give you and him a last minute reprieve; you’ll not have to go through with it.” But God had promised that Isaac would be the one to carry on Abraham’s line. Abraham held onto that promise for all Isaac’s life. Abraham believed God could do more through his obedience to the most radical command of God than he could save by refusing to obey. This is the serious business of faith. We tend to think of faith as only a passive receiving mechanism. We receive the gift of salvation through faith. We embrace the promises of God through faith. But faith is clearly more: it is the substance of living obedience. It is foolish to say, “I have faith,” and refuses to obey God. It is silly to think of faith as the means by which we receive the promises of God while refusing to align our lives to those promises. Faith is a serious undertaking. While it is a gift of the Holy Spirit – something we cannot muster up on our own – it is also an act of the regenerate will. In other words the interplay between God’s work in our hearts and our active involvement in that work is an elegant dance. Thus the admonition, “continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose” (Galatians 2:12-13). God calls for faith and gives it all at once. We don’t gin it up; we