The Bible is the word of God, written by faithful men chosen by God under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. While humans were the vessels God used to write down the passages, the truth of the Bible did not come from human understanding or knowledge. Every part of the Bible is God-breathed. While various writers bring different perspectives, the Bible is inspired by God and reveals his identity, nature, and divine plan for all of humankind.
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness…” 2 Timothy 3:16
“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1
All that you see and all that you can sense was created by God. The very first book of the Bible, Genesis, gives us an account of creation. God spoke all things into existence, including humans.
Scripture tells us that God then placed the first humans, Adam and Eve, into a garden called the Garden of Eden – to work it (Genesis 2:15). These humans were special, set apart from the rest of creation because God breathed his own breath into them and gave them dominion over all living things (Genesis 2:7).
God’s intention from the very beginning was for humans to share in his royal position and carry His authority in the world. But He gave us the choice to live according to His wisdom and share in His inheritance or to follow our own wisdom and live according to what we think is best. He gave us free will.
In the Garden of Eden, God placed a tree known as the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. He commanded Adam and Eve not to eat from the tree, but rather to trust in His knowledge of good and evil. But, tempted by a serpent (Genesis 3), Adam and Eve took from the tree and ate the fruit, acting in disobedience to God and introducing sin into the world.
They chose to go their own way rather than to walk in God’s way.