The Fall of our first parents, Adam and Eve, proved to be a disaster for all of mankind. As a result of their actions, our status as true sons and daughters of God was lost and left us requiring a covenant to bring us back into relationship with Him. These covenants, offered through his chosen people, would ultimately bring salvation to, at the time, a particular race, and eventually, become the offer of salvation for all.
It was not intended to be that way, however, when God formed Adam and Eve out of dust, and placed them at the top of creation. It is easy to ask, ‘how is it possible to fall so far from grace?’ In order to understand the Fall, and to grasp the seriousness of its consequences, it is important to look at how God intended things to be, and for that, the place to start is at the end of the six days of creation.
At the end of each day, as the Creator recounted His creation, He told us that it was good. But when He created mankind, He said that it was very good. In the account of His creation, it says that “God made man: in the image of God He made him: male and female He made them…Then God saw everything that He made, and indeed it was very good.” (Genesis 1:27,31). What made God say this? What was so different about humanity compared to the rest of creation? Those are good questions, and to answer: what made the creation of humanity very good, was that fact that man was created in a perfect state.
Man was created, so that he was free from death and pain. We were created with what is known as preternatural gifts. They are not gifts that are supernatural, but as F.J. Sheed explains it, they are, “…perfections of the natural.” (Sheed 2011). Sheed gives us a further understanding of what this perfection looks like in speaking of integrity being part of our perfect creation: “…man’s nature was wholly at peace: the body was subject to the soul, the lower powers of the soul to the higher, the natural habits wholly harmonious with the supernatural, the whole man united with God.” (Sheed 2011). What made creation so perfect was the fact that we were completely united with God, free from pain and suffering and free from death. But why were we, as perfect beings, created? To this we skip ahead in the creation story to the very end, the sixth day.