The Meaning of Creation
“ Food is born, hence foodbirthing, and each time we open ourselves to acts of creation. This is a true birthing to be seen as an enduring metaphor for renewal.
The Book of Genesis bursts with many food and land activities from moulding the earth, separating waters, creating man and woman, to putting forth plants and creatures. The first sin brought all this to a dramatic halt. But who had sinned, and how do we account for the fall? Had any fall signalled a tug war between Creator and Creation? Is Genesis the depiction of this war? And more importantly, can Creation exist without Co-Creation?
‘The Meaning of Creation’ reveals unexpected connections between food, creation, dominion, nature and us. “
That garden is no longer accessible. Those fruits and green plants are not there for us to use, eat and touch. What had happened to Creation? And Knowledge, represented by its own tree, why was knowledge at risk? ‘… the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.’ To some all trees are trees of life and of knowledge, but why the difference here? What had caused the divergence? Were Adam and Eve not in charge of their plot? Would they have not known of a good or bad tree had they seen one? Were they given a chance to work things out?
Plants, trees, fruits and seeds are described extensively in the first few pages of the biblical account signifying a beginning and life itself. Fruits need seeds to survive and reproduce themselves. A seed is a carrier and incubator of life, playing out the eternal birth and rebirth cycles. Nativity applies to all that is born. This is knowledge.
Only co-Creation can Bestow Meaning to Life
Creation is under siege. We need a remedy, and the remedy is to match the notion of Creation with that of Co-Creation. Creation is best understood in relation to co-Creation.