There is a common belief that the Genesis account of creation is just a myth or a fabrication to provide some theological basis for our existence. One of the reasons that men believe this is that they see a contradiction in Gen 1 and Gen 2.
Gen 1:26-27 says, “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.”
The passage, “male and female created he them,” leads some men to believe that God created Adam and Eve simultaneously, just like he did the males and females in the other species.
The apparent contradiction is then discovered when Gen 2 shows that Adam and Eve were actually created at different times and in different ways.
Adam’s creation was from the ground, “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul,” (Gen 2:17).
Then after Adam was created, God made a help meet for him. Gen 2:21-22 says, “And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.”
So prevalent is the thought that Gen 1 and Gen 2 contradict, scholars have actually invented a theory that Gen 1 and Gen 2 have two different authors. That’s how they explain why each has given us a different account of what he believes happened when God created man.
The truth is that Gen 1 and Gen 2 are supplemental. In other words, Gen 1 reveals that God created man on the sixth day and that he created him male and female. Gen 2 reveals the method whereby God created them. He created man directly from the dust and he created woman directly from the rib of the man.
In discussing this with a college student recently, we asked him the following questions. “Did God create Adam?” “Yes.” “Did God create Eve?” “Yes.” “Well, then, ‘male and female created he them.’” There’s no contradiction.
Hope this helps,
Pastor Bevans Welder