Answers for Skeptics: Were humans created before or after the other animals?

Mankind was created after animals. Genesis does not contradict itself in ths either.

It is written in Genesis 1:25-26:

25And God made the beasts of the earth after their kinds, and cattle after their kinds, and every thing that creeps upon the earth after its kind: and God saw that it was good.

26And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness

Genesis 2:7 states that God formed man out of the dust of the earth, breathed the breath of life into him and man became a living soul. In my book, “The Serpent’s Lie”, I explain that God “breathed” into us by filling us with what we call our spirit. A human being (or human consciousness) is nothing more than a spirit dwelling in flesh. Our bodies are mechanical exteriors that help us interact with our physical world in specific ways. Genesis 2:7 does NOT contradict Genesis 1:25-26. I do not know why the skeptics included it with the 10th question.

Their inclusion of Genesis 2:18-20, however, provides a good challenge and opportunity to test our reading comprehension. The passage may in fact appear to contradict the animal first then human order of creation. Could they be on to something? Let’s see. Genesis 2:18-20 reads as follows:

18And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.

19And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was its name.

20And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found a helper suitable for him.

Here’s the explanation. God had created all animals, male and female to reproduce after their own kind. As for humankind, He created Adam first, and knew it was not good for Adam to be alone. Out of the ground, God (had) made the animals, just as he then made Adam and He brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. Adam did not call a single one his lifelong companion. Not one of them was a suitable mate despite the origin they all shared (having been made from the ground). When God made Eve, it was only then Adam that Adam called her his companion saying “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh” – Gen 2:23

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