When the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, he made sure that everything was very good. He formed man from the dust of the ground, an earthling from the earth. He planted a garden, providing the first man with both a lovely home and a satisfying job. Knowing that it was not good for this man to labor alone, he built a helper altogether suitable for him. Both uniquely distinctive and absolutely equal, this first couple complemented each other perfectly and clung to each other passionately. Though the coming of the curse complicated the replication of this creational pattern, it has in no way altered God’s design for those who bear his image.
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