'Isn't that what this post is about?' you may think. Yes, it is.
'I'm already a Christian. Just get on with the other topics already.' Wait, hang in there!
or you may think 'Just a minute, but I'm not even a Christian. How is this even applicable? I was just here for the relationship part.' And you're gonna get the relationship part.
Before you skim through this post and close your tab, may I convince you otherwise?
This is the first post I'll start my series with because it holds an importance to the other posts that will follow.
Taking it all the way back to the beginning, Genesis 1:26-27:
Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.
From the beginning, God had an incredible plan for relationships. I believe that it is out of a longing to have a relationship with us that God created human beings.
*Side note: Interestingly, I've always only thought that God created Adam, then after awhile He created Eve. While that remains true, I didn't know that Genesis 1:26-27 was a prior thought of creation/design before the actual making. In the passage above, it seems to me that God had a plan to create both men and women; and He did, but (in my opinion) He did not make their bodies but formed their identity. I can't be accurate about what kind of form God created in chapter 1, but probably their inward parts - in terms of soul or spirit. (As the making of their bodies seems to be in Genesis 2).
Genesis 2: 7-8:
And the God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
The God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed.