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In Genesis, God addresses man and explains his role in creation: “And God blessed them. And God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.

By Avshalom Kapach | | Topics: debate
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…The LORD God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, ‘You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”

When Adam and Eve sin by partaking of the tree of knowledge, God intervenes in history to ensure the creation and the course of life in the world. For the first time, God is trying to enter into dialogue with man: “And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, ‘Where are you?’” God’s first attempt at dialogue fails, Adam and Eve are hiding.

The second time we hear God...

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