Story 2: God Created All/The Second Story in the Evangelical Series of Stories

This is the second story in the set of Evangelism for oral cultures.  As has been stated storytelling in oral cultures is critical for sharing the gospel.  Oral cultures learn differently than literate cultures, like ours in the west.   The West focuses “on a process of establishing principles, moving to guidelines, observing practices, and collecting stories” while the oral cultures of the majority of the world reverses this process, “and moves from stories to practices to guidelines to principles” [1].  (Links to the prior articles regarding the importance and impact of storytelling, methods of storytelling, and previous stories in this set are located under the category, Discipleship Through Stories at the right.)

 The evangelical story set that we are currently working with is aimed or designed for an animistic culture.  That is why the first story demonstrates that God is the creator of the spirit world.  This shows that God is greater than other spirits, whether they be angels or demons or, as some would believe, other gods. 

The first story, God Created the Spirit World, is divided into 7 parts for ease of memorization.  This second story, God Created All, is also divided into 7 parts for the 7 days of Creation.  Note an important emphasis that often is left out of creation stories:  God walked with Adam and Eve in the cool of the day.  This is critical in this story because it demonstrates the purpose of creation—relationship.  And it sets the tone for all stories which is to lead us to relationship with the Creator God, through faith in the work of our savior, Jesus Christ.  

In most Animist cultures, the Creator God has left the scene and demonstrates no desire for a relationship with man.  This is a critical difference in the Christian/Judeo story.

For example, in the Aymara culture where I live, the creator (who goes by the name, Apu) did not desire a relationship with the Aymara people he created.  In fact, he left the people and told them to enjoy the paradise he made for them, but warned them not to come to the mountains where he was making his home.  When the people disobeyed, he sent mountain lions to devour them.  The people were saved when the sun began to cry so much that the lions were drowned.  Now, Apu is gone and there is no redemption for the people with their creator, there is no savior to save them from his wrath, there is no forgiveness.  Instead, they worship mother earth and father sun, among other spirits and gods.

So, you can see how important it is to demonstrate that the Creator God wants a relationship with each of us, and that He provided for the means to that relationship and the forgiveness to heal the relationship.  That is why in the first story it is proclaimed that God is good, the second story demonstrates the relationship that God had with man before sin, and looking ahead to the third story of disobedience, an objective will be to show that God immediately made plans to restore the relationship. 

God Created All

 —Section 1—

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth, and all you see and all you don’t.  The earth was empty, with nothing, and dark.  And God’s Spirit was over it all.  And then God spoke, “Let there be light.”  And there it was—the Light was there!  And God saw that the light was good.  He separated the light from the dark and called the light, “Day” and the dark, “Night.”  Then came the evening and then the morning and He called it, the first day.

—Section 2—

God spoke again and He said, “Let there be space separating the water above and water below.”  And there it was!  And he called this the Heavens.  And there was evening and there was morning, the second day. 

—Section 3—

God spoke again and He said, “Let the water under the heavens come together in one place and let the dry land appear.”  And there it was! Then he named the land Earth and he called the water, the seas.  And God saw that it was good.  So, then God said, “Let the earth grow vegetation, plants with seeds and fruit trees with their seed, each according to its kind.”  And there it was!  And God saw that it was good.  Then the evening and the morning made the third day.

 —Section 4—

God spoke again and He said, “Let the lights come into the heavens separating the day and night and let them be for signs and measure seasons, and days and years and let them light the earth.  And there it was!  And God made two great lights, the greater to light the day, the lesser to light the night, and the stars.  And God saw that it was good.  And then the evening and the morning was the fourth day.

 —Section 5—

God spoke again and He said, “Let the waters swarm with living creatures, let the birds fly above the earth and across the sky.”  So God created the creatures of the sea and the creatures of the air and he blessed them and told them to multiply and fill the seas and the sky.  And there was morning and evening and it was the fifth day.

 —Section 6—

God spoke again and He said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kind, livestock and creeping things and beasts.  And God made the animals, the livestock, the reptiles and the bugs.  And God saw that it was good.

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness to be responsible for the fish and the birds and the livestock and every creeping thing.”  So God created human beings in his own image, male and female he created them.  And God blessed them and he told them to be fruitful and multiply and to be responsible for the fish and the birds and every living thing on the earth.  And God talked with the man and his wife and He told them that He gave them every fruit bearing plant for food.  And God saw that everything he made was very good.  And the evening and the morning made the sixth day.

—Section 7—

God finished His work that He had done and on the seventh day he rested.  He blessed the seventh day and made it holy. 

And the heavens and the earth were finished.  It was good.  Man and his wife were in the garden and God walked with them and talked to them there.

 

This is a great story to use with pictures and remember to emphasize what number day it is so that it is easy to memorize and repeat.  Hold up your fingers or if you are using pictures write the numbers on it.  Don’t forget the “God saw that it was good” lines.  This emphasizes again that God is good and that He wants good for us.

[1] Chiang, Samuel E., from Prologue, Beyond Literate Western Models:  Contextualizing Theological Education in Oral Contexts, Chiang, Samuel E. and Lovejoy, Grant, editors International Orality Network, 2013,  loc. 227 of 3773.

 

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