Humanity and Sin (Session 1)

Posted: October 25, 2010 by Greg Burkheimer in Original Sin, Radical Depravity, Theology

Well, my H&S class begins next week through Reclaiming the Mind Ministries. I got a jump start today by looking at the first lesson.

Why Did God Create Man?
Session one covers a question that has been asked for a very long time. Why did God create man? It’s funny, before I went to study session one this afternoon, I posted this question on Facebook asking if anybody had any ideas as to why God created us. No one responded. No ideas! In this lesson the importance of the doctrine of humanity is discussed. What you believe about humanity affects your views in so many areas. Your theology, politics, sociology and how you view yourself are all areas that are affected.

Wrong Views
The lesson discussed some wrong views:
1. God did not create man (naturalism)
2. Man is an eternal extension of who and what God is (pantheism/panentheism)
3. Man is eternal as God is eternal (pantheism/polytheism)
4. God needed help with his new creation
5. God was in need of a companion

Right Views
We then looked at what the Bible said and discovered that the Bible is somewhat clear and somewhat obscure when it comes to this question. Some right reasons we discussed were:
1. Because God is a creative God.
2. So that man would be able to glorify God.
3. So that God would be able to share His glory with others.
4. To accomplish His will unto whatever end.

This was a good place to start for this course. Why did God create man? It seems that if I can understand this question I can better answer the question why did God create me?


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