Humanity Humanity and furthermore human nature plays a big part in the Christian worldview. Human nature is defined as “the psychological and social qualities that characterize humankind, especially in contrast with other living things” (Collins English Dictionary, 2012). As described in Genesis 1, God created the first man in the image of himself Humans (NIV). For God to give humans the gift of being created in his image was to create a bond between them, which was supposed to last forever. “Humans were created to know and worship God by loving him and obeying his commands” (Diffey, 2015, para. 33). It was quite simple, if humans loved and obeyed God, they would be fulfilling their duties and would join him in eternity. God however, would be tested with disobedience quick quickly, by the first two humans that he gave life to. Adam and Eve were created by God to work in the Garden of Eden and ensure that it was taken care of properly. They were provided with everything that they would need to live happily and heathy so long as they abided by the rules put in place by God. The main rule was that was given to them that should not be broken was “And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden; 17 but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die” (Genesis 2:16-17, NIV). In Genesis 3, it is explained how Eve was tricked into eating fruit from the tree of knowledge by the serpent and 2
in doing so, also convinced Adam to partake from it as well. God did not take lightly to their disobedience and placed curses on both Adam and Eve and onto the serpent as well. This disobedience was seen as the fall of humanity and what led to sin being considered the cause of all human problems. Jesus Jesus, who is believed to be the son of God and Messiah, was born to poor parents from Nazareth (Merrick, 2015). It was believed that he was created by God, so that he could go among the humans and continue to spread the word of God. The work of Jesus was to create a more personal connection with the humans that allowed them to have a true connection with God. Through his work, Jesus tried to really focus on the teaching of forgiveness for our sins. He preached this and his word to the sinners and those who were otherwise considered corrupt. They
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