Cosmologist Carl Sagan has famously emphasized the irrelevance of the earth and humanity against the backdrop of the immense size of the universe, and the eons of time that have transpired. But can significance be measured as such, by age or distances? The biblical narrative confers significance through a relational dynamic, that humanity was created to be in relationship with God and with others, and to reflect the divine attributes into the world. To have significance grounded in love and purpose…. might these measures be the ones we rightfully employ in operating in the world? Listen in to hear how Genesis 1 gives a foundation for being fully human, a reason to care for one another, and the world we inhabit.
So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.
31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.