Total Depravity - "Are Men Born PARTIALLY Depraved or...

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Unformatted text preview: "Are Men Born PARTIALLY Depraved or TOTALLY Depraved?" One of the most popular topics in discussing great doctrines of the Bible is the doctrine of the "Original Sin of Man". The question that must be answered before understanding any other truths of scripture is this one thing: Ever since Adam fell in the garden in the beginning of creation, are men born "wounded and very sick" in their sins OR are they "spiritually dead and condemned" in and of themselves? Through the teaching of Scripture, logical reasoning, and humble submission, I believe God will make it very clear to you this great truth that is so often never brought up, often overlooked, and many times just assumed amongst your average fellowship of believers. In the book of Genesis, we first need to take hold of some essential truths. Genesis 1:31 says, "Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good..." God created everything with perfection and saw it as pleasurable in His holy sight. When God created man and woman, He didn’t do this because He was lonely, for He needs NO ONE, but rather for His own PURPOSE and PLEASURE in the creation of life. It is also very important to take hold of that God created man (in the general term for humans) differently than the animals, land masses, waters, and plants. Genesis 1:26 says, "Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness..." Notice how the text says "Us", "Our image", and "Our likeness". This is different than the rest of the creation processes God made. These personal possessive descriptions have been most commonly known to be referencing the Trinity or the Triune God-- God the Father, the Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. But what does this actually mean that we were "created in the image of God"? This "image of God" may be referring to the following characteristics: 1.) PERSONALITY-- Adam and Eve were personal and self-conscious creatures. They weren’t just instinct-driven animals or machines. 2.) SPIRITUALLY-- the Scriptures declare that "God is Spirit" (John 4:24), and so it is reasonable to expect to find this same attribute in man who was created in God’s image. Adam and Eve were more than animated clay, they were spiritual, created with a genuine capacity to know God, fellowship with God, and respond to God in obedience, praising Him, and thanksgiving. 3.) KNOWLEDGE-- In Colossians 3:10, the Scriptures describe one aspect of the image of God as having a true knowledge of God. This does not mean that Adam and Eve knew all that can be known about God-- a finite creature can never fully comprehend an infinite God. Rather, it means that they possessed a knowledge that was not tainted nor polluted by sin....
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This note was uploaded on 05/19/2008 for the course REL 3501 taught by Professor Elder during the Spring '08 term at Valdosta State University .

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