Saturday, August 15, 2009
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Thursday, January 15, 2009
If God is invisible, how can man be made in the image of God?- Quote:
"To speak of human beings (Adam) as created in the image of God apparently refers to the bodily form, but also to the spiritual attributes the physical body symbolizes." -Paul J. Achtemeier
Harper's Bible Dictionary
Harper and Row Publishers
Do all men have a conscience?- Quote:
"What the Scriptures so clearly teach is taught no less clearly by experience and history. Every man knows that he himself is a sinner. he knows that every human being whom he ever saw, is in the same state of apostasy from God. History contains the record of no sinless man, save the Man Jesus Christ, who, by being sinless, is distinguished from all other men."- Charles Hodge
Image of God- Definition:
"A key term for understanding the divine-human relationship in biblical thought. The exact meaning of the phrase in Genesis is problematic and numerous suggestions have been proposed. To speak of human beings (Adam) as created in the image of God apparently refers to the bodily form, but also to the spiritual attributes the physical body symbolizes. The plural pronouns of Genesis 1:27-28 indicate that male and femal share equally in the image of God. In the New Testament, the emphasis shifts and it becomes Christ who embodies the image of God."- Paul J. Achetemeier
Harper's Bible Dictionary
Harper and Row Publishers
Category 5: THE PERSON OF CHRIST
What is the meaning and significance of Jesus’ claim that He is “the son of Man?”
What is the meaning and significance of Jesus’ claim that He is “the son of God?”
What is the meaning and significance of Jesus as the Messiah?
What is the meaning and significance of Jesus as the Word of God?
What is the meaning and significance of Jesus as the Lamb of God?
Why is the resurrection essential to the Christian faith?
If God is infinite, how could He limit Himself in the person of Christ?
How could Jesus be both God and man?
What evidence is there for the historical existence of Jesus?
What evidence is there for the resurrection of Jesus?
Did Jesus attain deity by His sacrificial death or was He God from the beginning?
Analyze and respond to the following statement, “Jesus’ life and death are merely examples to us that we should all live sacrificial lives.”
Analyze and respond to the following statement, “Jesus was a good man and a good teacher but certainly not the Son of God.”
The Nature Purpose and Destiny of Man
Do all men have a longing for God?
Do all men have a conscience?
If man is inherently sinful, why do most men lead relatively good lives?
What is the destiny of man?
Why would a loving God create Hell?
What is the essential duty of man?
Evaluate and respond to the following statement: "All men were born with ten fingers and toes, but no one was born with the knowledge of God"- Voltaire
Evaluate and respond to the following statement, "....whatever a man sows, that shall he also reap." Galatians 6:7
Evaluate......"Heaven is only a state of mind."
Evaluate....."He's only human." (justification for sin and the need for leniency.)
Evaluate....."when man dies, he simply ceases to exist. There is no immortality or eternal life."
A. Our first parents, being left to the freedom of their own will, fell from the estate for which they were created, by sinning against God. http://www.aplacefortruth.org/Gen1_26_28pt1.htm
Genesis 3:2-6. The woman said to the serpent, "We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, "You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die."
"You will not surely die," the serpent said to the woman. "For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be oppened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desireable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.
Genesis 3:16-19. To the woman he said,"I will increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you." To Adam he said, "Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, 'You must not eat of it,' "Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of you life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat you food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return."
Adam and Eve sinned and thus experienced the results of sin. Alienation from God and his paradise were first in their terrible deprivations (Gen. 3: 22-24). Many of the original consequences of the sin of the first parents have come upon all men (Gen. 3: 16-19).... Adam did introduce sin into the world, though, and thus create an environment in which sin could prosper (Rom. 5: 12 ff.)http://bibletruths.net/archives/BTAR047.htm
Quote: In Adam's fall/We sinned all. from 'The New England Primer', http://www.soak.com/topic/quotes/articles/tshow/16786/adams+fall
A. Man's chief purpose is to glorify God and enjoy him forever.
Whatever is at the center of our life will be the source of our security, guidance, wisdom, and power.od, [a] and to enjoy him for ever. [b] www.wisdomquotes.com/cat_purpose.html
Scripture: Psalm 86 :9--All nations you have made will come and worship before you, O Lord; they will bring glory to your name. NIV, Zondervan, 1973
Isaiah 60:21b--They are the whoot i have planted, the work of my hands, for the display of my splendor. NIV, Zondervan, 1973
Revelation 4:11--You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created al things, and by your will they were created and have their being.NIV, Zondervan, 1973
Philippians 4:4--Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it once again: Rejoice! NIV, Zondervan, 1973
We search all our lives for significance because we truly long to leave behind a heritage. We long to be remembered after our flesh has again turned back to dust. We want a legacy to leave behind after our deaths. How much should a man (using the term generically as in Genesis 1 to refer to humanity by the way), focus on himself for answers?http://www.aplacefortruth.org/Gen1_26_28_pt1.htm
Man has always wanted to know himself. In fact, the great Socrates' burning statement of purpose was “Know Thyself”. Man wants to know himself, but how - well, that is the question! If all men are made in God's image, then there is only way to know thyself, or to know God, or to know anyone, or anything else according to Genesis chapter one. Here at the apex, the pinnacle, the culmination, and the ultimate moment of God's creation: God creates man his Prince. The Prince will rule as Vice-Gerent over God's creation by ruling or having dominion over the creation. Man is personally in communion with his Great and Sovereign Creator - -there is no relational distance between them, only the ontological distinction between THE Creator and his creature. http://aplacefortruth.org/Gen1_26_28pt1.htm
"For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus."
- 1 Timothy 2:5
Mediator is translated from the Greek, mesites, which means a go between, intercessor, a reconciler, a mediator. Basically, one who intervenes between two parties. To be effective, a mediator must understand both sides that he is intervening between. Only Jesus, God Incarnate, who also was the Man, Jesus, is capable of acting as a mediator between Divine nature and human nature. Only Jesus has the ability to reconcile man to God. Only Jesus can act as the intercessor between man & God.
Because Jesus is fully God, He can represent God to man. Because He is fully man, Jesus can represent man to God. Reconciliation is possible.
1 Timothy 2:5 - "For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus."