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"When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars,
which thou hast ordained;
What is man, that thou art mindful of him?"
~Astronaut Buzz Aldrin
quoting from Psalm 8
Broadcast from Space
on July 23, 1969
Long before there was any earth, or sun, or stars, God was living, for God never began to be. He always was. And long ago, God spoke, and the earth and the heavens came to be.
But the earth was not beautiful as it is now, with mountains and valleys, rivers and seas, with trees and flowers. It was a great smoking ball, with land and water mingled in one mass. And all the earth was blacker than midnight, for there was no light upon it. No man could have breathed its air, no animals could walk upon it, and no fish could swim in its black oceans. There was no life upon the earth.
While all was dark upon earth, God said, "Let there be light," and then the light came upon the world. Part of the time it was light, and part of the time it was dark, just as it is now. And God called the dark time Night, and the light time Day. And that was the first day upon this earth after a long night.
Then at God's word, the dark clouds all around the earth began to break, and
the sky came in sight, and the water that was in the clouds began to be separate
from the water that was on the earth. And the arch of the sky which was over the
earth God called Heaven. Thus the night and the morning made a second day.
Then God said, "Let the sun, and moon, and stars come into sight from the
earth." So the sun began to shine by day, and the moon and the stars began to
shine in the night. And this was done on the fourth day.
But there were no people in the world—no cities nor houses, and no children playing under the trees. God said, "I will make man, to be different from all other animals. He shall stand up and shall have a soul, and shall be in Our image; and he shall be the master of the earth and all that is upon it."
So God took some of the dust that was on the ground, and out of it he made man; and God breathed into him the breath of life, and man became alive, and stood up on the earth.
And so that the man whom God had made might have a home, God planted a beautiful garden on the earth, at a place where four rivers met. Perhaps we might rather call it a park, for it was much larger than any garden that you have ever seen, for it was miles and miles in every direction.
In this garden, God planted trees, and caused grass to grow, and made flowers to bloom. This was called "The Garden of Eden," and as in one of the languages of the Bible the word that means "garden" is a word quite like the word "Paradise," this Garden of Eden has often been called "Paradise." This garden God gave to the man that he had made; and told him to care for it, and to gather the fruits upon the trees and the plants, and to live upon them. And God gave to the first man the name Adam which means "man of red earth": and God brought to Adam the animals that he had made, and let Adam give to each one its name.
But Adam was all alone in this beautiful garden. And God said, "It is not good
for man to be alone. I will make some one to be with Adam, and to help him." So
when Adam was asleep, God took a rib from Adam's side, and from it God made a
woman; and he brought her to Adam, and Adam called her Eve which means "Life". And
Adam and Eve
loved one another; and they were happy in the beautiful garden which God had
given them for a home.
Thus in six days the Lord God made the heavens and the earth and the sea, and all that is in them. And on the seventh day God rested from his work.