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HumanityHumanity was created for the purpose of having a close and intimate relationship with God, the creator of the universe. God created countless numbers of creatures that fly through the air, walk on land, and swim in the sea, but man was given dominion over all of them, as well as stewardship of the land. The Christian worldview has two major declarations regarding human nature. One is that all humans were created in God’s image (Genesis 1:26-28). The second is thatthe root cause of human problems is sin. Ever since the first sin of Adam and Eve, all humans areborn into sin, and therefore sinful by nature (Romans 3:9-23). Ever since the first bite taken fromThe Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, sins such as murder, adultery, idolatry, and theft have been prevalent on earth. Man’s sin is the reason for all the pain and suffering that is experienced by humanity. If man were capable of being pure of heart, there would be no sin and humanity would not experience such pain and anguish as we have inflicted upon ourselves so needlessly. JesusAccording to the Christian worldview, the true identity of Jesus Christ is that He is the Messiah, the only begotten Son of God, the true living example of how man should serve God, 2
and He who sacrificed his life so we might live. Jesus is the Word of God incarnate, given as a man to teach the Word to others. He was not born on earth to be worshipped, rather to be slain as the last sacrificial lamb of prophecy (Genesis 3:15) in order to save humanity from death. Duringhis ministry, Jesus traveled great distances and performed healings and miracles for many peoplewho society deemed unworthy, or less than. He healed the sick, raised people from the dead, fed the hungry, and performed wonders such as healing people with lifelong illnesses and wiping sins clean. The significance of Jesus to Christianity is that He emulates God’s love, and assures us that regardless of age, gender, nationality, race, skin color, or our past, all can receive salvation through Him (Mark 10:24-27). This tenet is the pillar of the Christian faith. Through Christ, our debt is paid; we can be forgiven of our sins and receive a new start to our lives. By drawing near to Christ, a commitment is made to honor God’s word and walk in Christ’s example.