PART ONE: THE FALL - THEN
Read the assigned readings in Topic 3 (textbook chapter 4, Lecture 3, "The Mystery of Original Sin" article, and Bible passages) and address the following questions with a total word count (including questions) of 500-750 words.
Cite all of the resources used with in-text citations, using at least two sources from the Topic 3 readings. These will be included in the list of references at the end of the assignment.
Write your paragraph response directly below each question:
1. What is revealed about human nature (from Gen 1-2)?
In Genesis 1-2 it is revealed that we, as humans, are made in God’s image and therefore our human nature reflects some of God’s attributes, although in a limited way. The bible tells us that God made us “very Good” (Genesis 1:31). Our goodness was marred by Adam and Eves sin and we fell victim to that sinful human nature. Just as we inherited eye color or hair color we inherited sin from Adam and Eve.
2. What are the consequences of the Fall for human nature (from Gen 3)?
If you read Romans 5:12 it says,“Just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so sin spread through all men.” Sin affected every part of our being and it separated us from God. When Adam and Eve rebelled against God they broke their fellowship with God. With the fall death entered the world and every thing is subject to death.
3. What is revealed about human purpose from the readings? What does it mean for humans to flourish, in other words to achieve spiritual, emotional, and mental well-being?
Humans are emotional beings and we let negative emotions take over and we let negative things get to us. We should follow the plan God has for us even if we don’t understand it or know it. Our purpose is to please God and not people. Everything we do in our life should bring honor and glory to God (1
References: List at least two references below for each part of the assignment above, for a minimum of four references. Prepare these references according to the guidelines found in the GCU Style Guide located in the Student Success Center (found under RESOURCES > Student Success Center > The Writing Center > Style Guides). Include the Permalink for the GCU Library sources used. Example reference: Shuster , M. (2013). The Mystery of Original Sin: We don 't know why God permitted the Fall, but we know all too well the evil and sin that still plague us. Christianity Today, 57(3), 38-41. http://library.gcu.edu:2048/login?url=http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=rfh&AN=ATLA0001935909&site=eds-live&scope=site List references below: LEE K, MANNING V, WONG K, et al. Stress-coping morbidity among family members of addiction patients in Singapore. Drug & Alcohol Review [serial online]. July 2011;30(4):441-447. Available from: Academic Search Complete, Ipswich, MA. Accessed August 3, 2015. Nordqvist, Christian. Medical News Today. MediLexicon International. Web. 3 Aug. 2015. Timmons, Shirley. "A Christian Faith-Based Recovery Theory: Understanding God As Sponsor." Journal Of Religion & Health 51.4 (2012): 1152-1164. Academic Search Complete. Web. 3 Aug. 2015.