made in his image. We were created to worship God and this is rooted in the relationship that God has with humanity (Diffey, 2015). In Genesis, God tells us to be fruitful and go out and multiply. He gave us the authority to rule over the earth, to name the animals, and care for the garden. He wanted us to enjoy his creation of the universe. Unfortunately, when Adam and Eve ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, they brought sin into the world. This caused humanity to be sinful by nature and separated from God. We read in Genesis, the first act of murder was done by Cain when he killed his brother. Sin and our own self is the root cause of humanities problems. We are sinful beings and are unable to save ourselves. Jesus 2
Jesus is the Messiah, God’s one and only son, he is fully man and fully God (Lecture 4, 2017). He was sent here in the flesh and died on the cross for our sins. He is the ultimate sacrifice, free of sin and perfect in every way. Jesus walked with the poor and the sinful. He said Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12). He knew that he would die on the cross, and on the third day rise again. He conquered death, proving his divinity. He spoke of the kingdom of God, and the kingdom of God is the “good news” for humanity (Merrick, 2015). Jesus wanted his message to be available to everyone. His sacrifice is important to the Christian worldview because humanity is sinful and though God created us to be immoral, he could not except us into his holy kingdom. He needed a perfect, sinless sacrificial lamb (Lecture 4, 2017). Jesus was that sacrifice and because of his death we are forgiven. Restoration God knows that restoring humanity back to its proper relationship with him will take more than just rules, it will take a perfect sacrifice (Lamca, 2015). The Christian worldview believes that the only way to be restored is through Jesus. God wanted his people to be restored, he wanted humanity and our hearts to return back to him (Lamca, 2015). We must have faith in Jesus, in what he came to do and what he did on the cross. It is by grace that we are saved, and because we are a sinful, salvation is something we do not deserve. In the Bible we read, “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace.” (Ephesian 1:7 NIV). Once you except God’s grace, the transformation of yourself will began. Our hearts will change and we will begin to live our life for the Lord. The same holds 3
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