In the beginning, God created heaven, earth, the sea, and all that is in them in six literal days.
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1)
...in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them... (Exodus 20:11a)
He created man in His own image, He made him male and female.
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness... (Genesis 1:26a)
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. (Genesis 1:27)
Everything that God had made was perfect, with no death, pain, or suffering.
And God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. (Genesis 1:31)
Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God finished His work that He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work that He had done. (Genesis 2:1-2)
God gave the man and the woman permission to eat from any tree they would like, except for one - the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
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 in 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.” (Genesis 2:16-18)
Man disobeyed God, eating from the tree and bringing sin into the world. Since God is just, sin must be punished, and the punishment for sin is death. Because Adam was the representative of all mankind, every one of us sin against God.
But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make on wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate.” Genesis 3:4-6
For the wages of sin is death... (Romans 6:23a) Therefore...sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned... (Romans 5:12a) for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 2:12)
"But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ... "(Ephesians 2:4-5), by sending His Son, Jesus Christ (being fully God and fully man) to be born in a manger, live a perfect life, die on the cross to take the burden of our punishment, and on the third day rise from the dead, to conquer sin and death for eternity. And “if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” (Romans 10:9)
If you ask God for forgiveness of your sins and believe in Him and what He has promised in His Word and done for you on the cross, "He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."1 John 1:9
If you have accepted Christ into your life, we are told by God in His Word to put off the old sinful life we used to live and put on our new life in Him that sheds the light of Christ to all who we may meet.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.2 Corinthians 5:17
And He [Jesus] said to them, "Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation."Mark 16:15
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