Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Christian Understanding of Man – Part II


Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth. God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.[1]

First, Christianity teaches that man is created by God, in God’s image.

So He drove the man out; and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life.[2]

Second, Christianity teaches that man is cursed by God because of his decision to rebel against God and to violate the sacred command.

“For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, deeds of coveting and wickedness, as well as deceit, sensuality, aenvy, slander, pride and foolishness. “All these evil things proceed from within and defile the man.”[3]

Third, Christianity teaches that men are wicked from the inside out. They do not learn how to be evil, they are evil by nature.

“This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.[4]

Fourth, men love evil more than they love good.

“If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you.[5]

Fifth, Christianity teaches that the world hates Jesus Christ and the Father who sent Him as well as those who follow Him.

There is none righteous, not even one;  There is none who understands, There is none who seeks for God; All have turned aside, together they have become useless; There is none who does good, There is not even one.” “Their throat is an open grave, With their tongues they keep deceiving,” “The poison of asps is under their lips”; “Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness”; “Their feet are swift to shed blood, Destruction and misery are in their paths, And the path of peace they have not known.” “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”[6]

Sixth, Christianity teaches that all men everywhere are ignorant, that none of them seek God, that they have universally turned away from the truth of God to pursue their evil inclinations.

For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so, and those who are in the flesh cannot please God.[7]

Seventh, Christianity teaches that the human mind is a natural enemy of God with no desire or ability to seek God or to respond to Him positively.

So this I say, and affirm together with the Lord, that you walk no longer just as the Gentiles also walk, in the futility of their mind, being darkened in their understanding, excluded from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the hardness of their heart; and they, having become callous, have given themselves over to sensuality for the practice of every kind of impurity with greediness.[8]

Eighth, Christianity teaches that the world has a futile mindset, without true understanding, excluded from the life of God and are blinded by their own ignorance. They are given over to all sorts of sensuality.

In whose case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.[9]

Ninth, Christianity teaches that the world has been blinded by Satan so that they might not see the truth of the gospel. They are wholly blind to the truth of Jesus Christ and the Christian message.

“But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”[10]

Finally, Christianity teaches that end of the world, the rebellious men and women across the earth, is certain judgment where they will be appointed their lot in eternal damnation.

This is the Christian understanding of the nature of man. We know that man is what he is because God has revealed that knowledge to us in sacred Scripture. If you had a different understanding of man, rest assured, it is not in accord with the Christian view of man. Moreover, not only is it not justified biblically, it is certainly filled with unresolvable philosophical tensions that will make it untenable once those tensions are discovered. If you want to know anything about the nature of man, the information you seek is contained within the divine self-revelation of God known as the Bible.




[1] New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation, 1995), Ge 1:26–27.
[2] New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation, 1995), Ge 3:24.
[3] New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation, 1995), Mk 7:21–23.
[4] New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation, 1995), Jn 3:19.
[5] New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation, 1995), Jn 15:18.
[6] New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation, 1995), Ro 3:10–18.
[7] New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation, 1995), Ro 8:6–8.
[8] New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation, 1995), Eph 4:17–19.
[9] New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation, 1995), 2 Co 4:4.
[10] New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation, 1995), Re 21:8.

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