Archives For Anthropology

You are saved, not because of what you do, but because of what Christ did. And you are special, not because of what you do, but because of who you are. And you are his.

Max Lucado, “In the Grip of Grace” (p. 148)

What makes us special is not our body but the signature of God on our lives. We are his works of art. We are created in his image to do good deeds. We are significant, not because of what we do, but because of who we are.

Max Lucado, “In the Grip of Grace” (p. 31)

Before sin, before the fall of man, before the curse, there was work. God made man and placed him in the garden to work. From the very beginning, he intended for man to work. Before there was even a family to support, God put Adam to work. It was part of his original plan.

Andy Stanley, “When Work and Family Collide” (p. 21)

That humans-and no other earthly creature-are uniquely created according to God’s image is the foundation of every person’s dignity. As earthly creatures we do share similarities with other creatures whose “ingredients” come from the earth (Gen. 1:24; 2:7), yet humans have been endowed with physical, intellectual, and spiritual capacities that make us uniquely fitted for a special calling in God’s ordered creation.

Exploring Christian Theology (vol. 2, p. 70)

Who are you? Well, you’re not your past. You’re not what you did. You’re not what others have done to you. You are an ambassador for Christ, God’s representative sent from heaven to earth.

Craig Groeschel

The creation of the earth is a stumbling block for many Christians and non-Christians. 1 My mother has been a dedicated Christian for her entire life, but admits the creation of the earth has been a stumbling block for her in her faith because many of the things taught in Scripture seem to be contrary to what science teaches. Or perhaps a better way to look at it is to see science teaching something that is contrary to what the Bible teaches.

Anthropology - Views on Creation

Photo Credit: Allegory of the Creation of the Cosmos by Domenicus van Wijnen (1661-1690)

Regardless of what point you start from (whether Scripture or science), it is clear that science teaches the world is extremely old (according to Google, the earth is 4.543 billion years old). 2 Meanwhile, a literal understanding of Genesis states that the earth is about 6,500 years old. Continue Reading…

Notes:

  1. “Every thoughtful person is contronted with the question as to the origin of the human race. As he looks back into history, he observes that the men now existing seem to have sprung from other men by the process of natural generation for thousands of years. In analyzing the origin of man, the biblicist is confronted with the basic issue: Did God create man immediately or mediately, was man formed directly by the hand of God or did he evolved through natural processes? The Christian must acknowledge God’s involvement, but was it direct or indirect? (Henry Thiessen, Lectures in Systematic Theology, p. 151
  2. A part of me has always struggled with science placing such specific dates when it comes to “millions of years” and “billions of years.” For example, often scientists will say, “These mountains in this region of California were formed 468 million years ago.” For me personally, I am supposed to log our baby’s sleep/awake/eating patterns. I can barely keep track of how long ago he woke up, how much he ate, and when he went to sleep. If I can barely track those things that happen hour to hour, how are we supposed to have exact dates placed for events that happened hundreds of millions and billions of years ago. I don’t mean to be super negative or knock on scientists. I am just sharing my personal struggle with the exact dates placed by scientists in the same way that they struggle with accepting the biblical creation account.

Humans are lost, fallen, and hostile toward God. That’s a rough way to introduce a blog post, but in my opinion it’s what the Bible teaches and what orthodox Christianity has believed for thousands of years. In this blog post we are going to look at the Fall of Adam in Genesis and how that one event negatively affects the entire human race throughout biblical times and now.

ANTHROPOLOGY
The Fall of Adam and How We Are in Union with Him

I. THE STATUS OF ALL HUMANS 1

Because of the fall “Humankind no longer lives in the beginning; instead it has lost the beginning. Now it finds itself in the middle, knowing neither the end nor the beginning, and yet knowing that it is in the middle” (Boehnhoffer, Creation and Fall, 28). Let’s look at the event often called the “Fall” which occurs in Genesis 3.

A. Adam’s Sin Continue Reading…

Notes:

  1. Much of this post has been adapted from J. Scott Horrell’s class notes from my time studying under him at Dallas Theological Seminary. Consider purchasing Dr. Horrell’s book, From the Ground Upas a way to support him and his ministry.

My senior pastor at Rocky Hill Community Church likes to say, “According to atheists you are nothing but a blob of accidental chance. There’s nothing special about you cause it was all an accident.” Contrast that to Christians which can say, “God loves you and made you in his image. You are special because God made you in accordance with his own nature.”

Perhaps one of the doctrines of Christianity that gets overlooked the most is how humans are created in God’s image. Let’s take a look at what it means for Christians to be “created in the image of God.”

Anthropology - Created in God's Image

Photo Credit: “The Creation of Adam” by Michelangelo

ANTHROPOLOGY
Created in the Image of God

I. ADAM AND EVE Continue Reading…

Every parent has heard the question or knows it will come eventually. “Dad, where do babies come from?” To which the unprepared dad responds, “Um, um, go ask your mom!” There is something inherent in all of us that we wonders where we came from, who created us, when were we made, and who do we belong to.

Photo Credit: “Allegory of the Creation of the Cosmos” by Domenicus van Wijnen (1661-c.90)

In this post I want to show you how the Bible clearly and without a doubt shows that God is creator of our world and everything in it.

ANTHROPOLOGY
God Is Creator

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Today’s blog post is a brief explanation of the doctrines of anthropology and harmatology. This brief survey is based on the the Evangelical Free Church of America’s statement of faith which reads:

The Human Condition. Article #3. We believe that God created Adam and Eve in His image, but they sinned when tempted by Satan. In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. Only through God’s saving work in Jesus Christ can we be rescued, reconciled and renewed.

A Summary of the Doctrine of the Human Condition, The Holy Scriptures in Picture and Story by William Foster

Photo Credit: “The Holy Scriptures in Picture and Story” by William Foster

I. ADAM AND EVE CREATED IN THE IMAGE OF GOD

"The Fall of Man" by Cornelis van Haarlem (1562-1638)

“The Fall of Man” by Cornelis van Haarlem (1562-1638)

Adam and Eve were created in the image of God (Gen 1:26-27); therefore they were like God and represented God (Pss 8:3-8). The presence of God’s image is show by the facts that humans have

  • a mind/will/personality,
  • the capacity to rule (Gen 1:26, 28; 2:19; Pss 8; Gen 22:5),
  • spiritual/moral qualities (Gen 2:16-17; 3:22; Lev 11:45-46; Matt 5:48; Luke 3:38),
  • capacity for relationships (Gen 1:26; 2:20-23; 3:8),
  • personal social distinction, and
  • an image that will be improved and made perfect (Col 3:10; Eph 2:14; 1 Cor 15:49; 1 John 3:2).

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