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Theology For The Beginning Essay

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“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” This is the first statement that is mentioned in the Bible that Christians know. (Genesis 1:1) This sentence shows the start of what we know as Christianity but also of the entity that has given us life, God. Theology is the study of God, how he functions, his traits, his message, and motives. Theology also has subcategories that encompass it such as: anthropology, hamartiology, soteriology, eschatology, and finally ecclesiology. These five categories summarize the basic meaning how a biblical theist would think of man’s origin and purpose of life, man’s sinful nature and salvation of man, the establishment of the church, and finally ...view middle of the document...

Personally I believe that humans are not made holy, merciful, with grace, just, all of these traits and characteristics are taught. (Towns 219) God however is all of these attributes, but yet we do not encompass any of these traits until they are taught to us. My idea is, if we are created in God’s image, it should be of ease to be merciful, humble, just, and righteous. Instead these traits are seen as extraordinary and not as something that is dwelt within us. With Adam and Eve, it seems as if the traits of God and his likeness were not present once the serpent persuaded them to eat of the tree. In this scenario Adam and Eve only show the trait to independence and free will. From this lack of holiness and righteous decision making, we can see the effects of Adam and Eve’s sin on man’s body today. Because of their actions, man is not kept inside a body that is dead (physical body) and cannot escape death. God made us to live eternally like him however since Adam and Eve did not follow his only rule this luxury was taken from the human race. Man now has been cursed with physical death, an increase in birth pain for women, and the stricken with the emotion of sorrow.
The next topic discussed was hamartiology also known as the study of sin. As stated in the previous paragraph, man’s sin stems from the sin of Adam and Eve which can also be classified as the original sin of man. Sin is classified as “anything that is opposed to the character and will of God as revealed in his Word.” (Towns 241-242) This means anything from gossiping to murder is considered a sin. If you look at this from a twenty-first century point of view, many of our daily actions can be considered a sin. For instance worshiping a celebrity and placing them before God is a sin, bullying another person is a sin, and even telling your friend that you cannot hang out one night but you say that just because you do not want to hang out is a sin as well. As humans we do not realize these simple little things as sin but instead only larger cases like: murder, rape, adultery, stealing, etc. Although we are all sinners, we do have a moral awareness of what we are doing. God created us with a conscience to know right from wrong, good from evil, holiness from sin. (Towns 232) It is our conscience that reminds us of our actions. God has placed this trait inside of us however it is completely up to the individual to either listen to their conscience. I believe that this trait is great to remind us that we live under God’s command and that God does require certain actions from us. Without this our existence would be useless and have no meaning since we would not be able to decipher between rights and wrongs. Adam and Eve had this ability before they ate from the tree. It is shown in Eve’s actions that she knew that eating from the tree was wrong once she stated, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.” (Genesis...

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