The Profession of Faith
Human intelligence is surely already capable of finding a
response to the question of origins. The existence of God the
Creator can be known with certainty through his works, by the
light of human reason,
even if this knowledge is often obscured
and disfigured by error. This is why faith comes to confirm and
enlighten reason in the correct understanding of this truth: “By
faith we understand that the world was created by the word of
God, so that what is seen was made out of things which do not
The truth about creation is so important for all of human
life that God in his tenderness wanted to reveal to his People
everything that is salutary to know on the subject. Beyond the
natural knowledge that every man can have of the Creator,
progressively revealed to Israel the mystery of creation. He who
chose the patriarchs, who brought Israel out of Egypt, and who by
choosing Israel created and formed it, this same God reveals himself
as theOne towhombelong all the peoples of the earth, and thewhole
earth itself; he is the One who alone “made heaven and earth.”
Thus the revelation of creation is inseparable from the
revelation and forging of the covenant of the one God with his
People. Creation is revealed as the first step toward this covenant,
the first and universal witness to God’s all-powerful love.
so, the truth of creation is also expressed with growing vigor in
themessage of the prophets, the prayer of the psalms and the liturgy,
and in the wisdom sayings of the Chosen People.
Among all the Scriptural texts about creation, the first
three chapters of Genesis occupy a unique place. From a literary
standpoint these texts may have had diverse sources. The inspired
authors have placed them at the beginning of Scripture to express
in their solemn language the truths of creation—its origin and its
end in God, its order and goodness, the vocation of man, and finally
the drama of sin and the hope of salvation. Read in the light of
Christ, within the unity of Sacred Scripture and in the living
Tradition of the Church, these texts remain the principal source for
catechesis on the mysteries of the “beginning”: creation, fall, and
promise of salvation.
122 Cf. Vatican Council I, can. 2 § 1: DS 3026.
115:15; 124:8; 134:3.