The Book of Genesis "is not intended as a manual of the natural sciences; it wants to help us understand the authentic and profound truth of things" that the world originates "from the eternal reason of God, who continues to sustain the universe, "that all men are equal because they are all equally made of "dust" that the "breath" breathed on them by God motivates " the inviolability of human dignity against any attempt to evaluate the person in accordance with utilitarian criteria or those of power. "
This is what the
sentence, "the Creator of heaven and earth", contained in the "Creed"
implies and to which Benedict XVI continues to dedicate his general
So, today, to eight thousand people present
in the Paul VI Hall in the Vatican, the Pope began with the description
of Creation in Genesis to highlight several points. The first is that
God is "is the source of all things and in the beauty of creation
unfolds His omnipotence as a loving Father" and that "creation becomes a
place in which to know and recognize the omnipotence of the Lord and
his goodness , and becomes a call to the faith for believers because we
proclaim God as Creator. "
"Faith implies, therefore, being able to
recognize the invisible, by identifying traces of it in the visible
The Book of Genesis then shows that "everything that God
creates is good and beautiful, full of wisdom and love, the creative
action of God brings order, infuses harmony, gives beauty."
universe. then, "is not a set of contrasting forces, but has its origin
and its stability in the Logos. There is a design of the world that is
born from this Reason, the Spirit Creator. Believing that this is at the
basis of all things, illuminates every aspect of life and gives us the
courage to face the adventure of life with confidence and hope. So the
Scripture tells us that the origin of the world, our origin is not
irrational or out of necessity, but reason and love and freedom. And
this is the alternative: the priority of the irrational, of necessity or
the priority of reason, freedom and love. We believe in this position".
the Bible says that God formed man from the dust of the earth. "This
means that we are not God, we did not make ourselves, we are the earth,
but it also means that we come from good soil, through the work of the
Creator. Added to this is another fundamental reality: all human beings
are dust, beyond the distinctions of culture and history, beyond any
social difference; we are one humanity formed with the sole earth of God
. Then there is a second element: the human being originates because
God breathes the breath of life into the body he molded from the earth
(cf. Gen 2:7). The human being is made in the image and likeness of God
(cf. Gen 1:26-27). And we all carry within us the breath of life from
God and every human life - the Bible tells us - is under the special
protection of God. This is the deepest reason for the inviolability of
human dignity against any attempt to evaluate the person in accordance
with utilitarian criteria or those of power. Being the image and
likeness of God means that man is not closed in on himself, but has an
essential reference in God".
Genesis tells us that man was then placed in a garden. Not in a " a
wild forest, but a place that protects, nourishes and sustains, and the
man must recognize the world not as his property to be plundered and
exploited, but as gift of the Creator, a sign of His saving will, a gift
to cultivate and care for, to grow and develop in accordance and
harmony with the rhythms and logic of God's plan".
But in the
garden there was the snake, with a "subtle question," Is it true that
God said not to eat from any tree of the garden?". The snake raises the
suspicion that the covenant with God is like a chain that binds, which
deprives of liberty and the most beautiful and precious things in life.
The temptation becomes that of building their own world in which to
live, not to accept the limitations of being a creature, the limits of
good and evil, morality; dependence on the creating love of God is seen
as a burden to be freed of. This is always the crux of the matter. But
when the relationship with God is distorted, by our putting ourselves in
His place, all other relationships are altered. Then the other becomes a
rival, a threat".
"And if all that God created was good, indeed
very good, after man's free decision in favor of lies over the truth,
evil entered the world".
"Once the fundamental relationship is upset,
the other poles of relationships are compromised or destroyed, sin ruins
"To live by faith - said the Pope - is to recognize
the greatness of God and accept our smallness, our condition as
creatures letting the Lord fill us with His love. Evil, with its load of
pain and suffering, is a mystery that is illuminated by the light of
faith, which gives us the certainty of being able to be freed from it,
the certainty that it is good to be human. "