Creation and Christian Understandings of God
Thinking about the Christian Creation story found in Genesis, reflect on the following questions:
- What do you know about the Christian Creation story?
- Do all Christians have the same beliefs about the Creation story? What are their differences?
- What questions do you have about the Christian Creation story?
- Is the Christian Creation story different to your own? If so, how?
- What does the Christian Creation story say about what God is like? What can you infer?
- What does the word ‘creator’ mean to you?
Watch the video below of an Imam, a Rabbi and a Pastor talking about their interpretations of Creation:
In the video above, there is discussion of the story of creation being celebrated in making connection to the earth. There is a belief within Christianity that humans were created to be stewards of the earth, to look after the earth God created.
What might celebrating a connection to the earth look like?
In this next video, from Green Christian, there is discussion here about Forest Church. Watch the video to find out more:
What thoughts and feelings come up for you about the idea of Forest Church?
What does it suggest about where people can experience the divine?
Some christians believe in God as the Trinity. Christians are monotheists, meaning they believe in one God, but some believe that God appears in three forms: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
Not all Christians hold the same beliefs about the Trinity, and not all Christians believe in the doctrine of the Trinity at all. For example, Catholics and Protestants have different views, as do Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Research the differing beliefs about the Trinity.
What does ‘creator’ mean to you?
How can one thing also be three?
How would you describe the Trinity in your own words?
In your view, what ways might the divine presence be experience on earth?