God created the heavens, the earth, and everything else in the universe.
Created in God's image, mankind was given a mandate by the Creator. We're told this part of the story of the human family in Genesis 1:26-31, "And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat. And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so. And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day."
God declared his finished work of creation very good. Wanting to please his Creator, after finishing his job of naming the animals, Adam exclaimed, "Not bad, Adam! Not bad!"
Everything in Eden was extraordinary. "The Sovereign Lord really knew what He was doing with creation," Adam stated. "You and I are God's most-prized creation. And you are so beautiful, Eve."
"You're kinda handsome yourself," Eve said. "God didn't make anything that was ugly."
Adam remembered God's instructions about not eating fruit from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. "It looks so tasty," Adam said. "But God says if we eat it we will die. I don't really know what that means, but I know I don't like the sound of it."
Adam noticed that the serpent had begun acting a bit peculiar. He warned Eve about hanging around the serpent and engaging in conversations with him. "I've noticed him," said Eve. "He looks like he might be a pretty smooth talker, but I'm a pretty smooth talker myself."
"But he may be the world's smoothest talker," Adam said. "And we can't afford to be deceived into disobeying God! God has never lied to us, but we don't know what to expect from this serpent character!"
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