How was the world created?
"Our spiritual potential cannot be actualized unless the way in which we represent to ourselves the physical universe and man’s place in it accords with things as they are in reality… There must be a correlation between the the way in which God actually creates and sustains the world and the way in which we ourselves conceive it, if we are to realize the relationship with and participation in the divine that is also the reality of our own most innermost being." - Oskar Molisz
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth…. God saw everything that He had made, and, behold, it was very good." (Gen 1:1,1:31)
God has revealed to us just a glimpse of the process of His creation in the book of Genesis. So, how are we to interpret Genesis? Since the acts of creation are beyond our understanding, we must interpret what is written in Genesis as a spiritual description about events that took place before there was time.
What do we know about the process of creation?
We know that the creation was a sequential process, that the creation was Good, and that it is not an eternal creation but will come to an end. We now have lots of information about the universe from scientific exploration. It is so vast that we readily accept that our total knowledge about creation is very limited.
How about mankind, how were humans created?
From Genesis we know that man was created as the highest of God’s creation and created in God’s image and likeness. God created man and women who were intended to live together in Paradise.
How about our soul?
How was it created and what is its nature? God gave us an immortal soul. Its natural state is to control the body so it can act in union with the will of God.
What about the purpose of our earthly life?
Being created in God’s likeness we are destined to become like God. We were created for deification or theosis. God created us out of his love and we are intended to live with Him eternally in Paradise.