The epic story of creation as recorded in Genesis 1 and 2 is as important in talking about God as the garden was to the earliest pioneer/homesteader. Life would have perished without the garden and discussion about God would be weak and malnourished without this text.
It is important, however, in at least one other way. This story is not only a story about beliefs that can nourish the soul and sustain the vigorous life that God breathed into us, but it is a story about relationships that are a part of the sustenance. Our soulishness is not only fed by what we believe but how we behave. It is common sense for us to know that there are behaviors that damage and destroy life and there are behaviors that feed life.
We might call what we believe about God our theology. Our theology is expressed when we talk about God. On the other side we can call the way we behave our ethic. The profound implications of what we think about God and how we behave in our relationship to God, others, and the sustaining garden we were given are inseparable. They cannot be divorced. What we believe about God yields behaviors in our lives as certain as a tomato plant tended to will produce tomatoes.
No culture, ancient, Greek Roman, Mesopotamian, American, or Christian can thrive without a vital, living, faithful belief in God. It bears the fruit by which we are sustained.
We are using a pencil to write down what we in Ledbetter can believe about God. And we are doing it as though it is as important as living life together in a garden.