The creation story always has been one of my favorite parts of the Bible—but for different reasons as I have grown older.
As a child the story assured me that a loving and powerful God made the world. I especially cherished the image of people and animals living together in peace, taking care of a garden.
As a teen I decided to use to the story as a justification for becoming a vegetarian: “It says right there that all creatures ate fruits and vegetables.” How could my parents argue with that? It was a bit unfair to them. But I still held on to the idea that the world was once a peaceful place where death had no role.
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