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Textbook Reflection

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Textbook Reflection

1. What should be the proper Christian response to gender inequality and sex discrimination, based on the biblical concept of both male and female being in the image of God? (P.77)

Trinity means the union of three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in one Godhead. And, when God created male and female, He created man in His own image. (Genesis 1:17) According to the image of God, Adam and Eve could be unified as one flesh because there was no sin. That is the reason why Adam said of Eve “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh” (Genesis 3:28) Actually, when God created human beings, he did not make male and female equally. Paul said “Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function.” (Romans 12:4) However, it does not mean that some functions are more important than others. For example men and women need each other. God made the woman since “It is not good for the man to be alone.”(Genesis 2:18) God created the woman as a helper, and it implies male cannot stand alone. Of course, male and female are different. However, it does not mean that there is superior or inferior gender. They need each other so that they can do what God has commanded them to do. In this sense, Christians have to consider the other gender as a mutual cooperative partner. If mankind is created in the image of God, men and women have different functions in their unity as the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit have different functions.

2. What does it mean to say that our relationship with God is a covenant relationship? (p. 87)

We can easily hear that God’s love is unconditional. However, it does not mean that our salvation is unconditional. In the Old Testament, Israelite blessing or cursing was a consequence of their obedience. “God promised to treat them as a specially prized possession, a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation.” (83) However, this was only when...