TheBible is a magnificent book of revelation and wisdom, proven to bethe most widely printed, published and read book in the entire globe.It is the basis of the Christian religion, containing everything thatChristians require to know about God, His son Jesus, salvation andliving the Christian life. According to 2 Tim. 3: 16, scripture isprofitable to man for the purposes of teaching, reproofing,correcting and training righteousness. The most fundamentalcharacteristic of a Christian is following the teachings of Christ,all of which are found in the Bible. The great teachings of the Bibledeal with various truths that have been revealed by God for thebenefit of mankind. This forms the basis of our paper today, whichshall discuss in depth the manner in which the Bible reveals thetruth about major themes of Christian teachings. The themes to bediscussed include creation, God, humanity, sin, the good life, andsalvation.
Christiansbelieve in an eternal being who created and continues to preserve allthings in the universe. They also believe in His nature ofomnipotence, omnipresence and omniscience which in essence means thatGod is all-powerful, all-knowing and all-present in that order.Describing God as an all powerful God means that He is able to do allthat He wants because He is not subjected to physical limitationslike a human being. His power over gravity, wind, physics, water andfire among others is limitless and infinite (Gen. 17:1 Heb. 1: 3Eph 1: 19). His all-knowing nature is described in the context ofbeing in a position to know all that can be known, and all that thereis to know. Nothing takes God by surprise because He is totally awareof things that happened in the past, those that are happeningcurrently and the ones that will happen in the future (Jer. 19: 5Ps. 33:13-15). On the other hand, omnipresence refers to the abilityof God to be everywhere at the same time. This divine presenceswathes the entire universe because there is no location that isbeyond His reach, or place that he cannot possibly inhabit. However,this must not be mixed up with pantheism, a doctrine which points tothe synonymity of God with the universe. The distinction between thetwo is that unlike pantheism, omnipresence depicts the distinctionbetween God and the universe, but inhabits the universe in itsentirety. It is, therefore, possible to be in all parts of theuniverse at the same time (Ps. 139: 7 Jer. 23: 23-24 Acts 17: 27).
TheBible vehemently proves the presence of God. It is a compilation ofthe acts of Gods in dealing with mankind and is the only dependableresource of knowledge about the doings of God for man and with man.All this begins with the creation story in Genesis. Since then, thefact that God desires that man know Him continues to manifest itselfin the entire book. The walk in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 3: 8)translated to His desire for intimacy between Himself and man. Thisis further developed in the New Testament when God indicates Hisdesire for fellowship with man in Galatians 2: 16, when He helped manand not angels when they sinned. Due to this desire for intimacy,fellowship and knowledge of God, it is reasonable to come to theconclusion that he has revealed Himself to man. Man is able to knowGod in three distinctive ways through His acts, His writtenrevelation and through fellowship. Romans 1: 18-20 tells the believerthat by looking at His creations, man is able to know God. It states“For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world areclearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even hiseternal power and Godhead so that they are without excuse”.
Themost crucial part, however, is the record of His son, Jesus Christwho truly reveals the supreme nature and character of His father.Christ proved the existence of God in John 12: 44 when he said that“Hethat believeth in me, believeth not in me, but in Him that sent me”.InJohn 14: 7, 9, 23, Jesus went on to say “Ifye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and fromhenceforth ye know him, and have seen him." Jesus saith untohim, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not knownme, Philip? He that hath seen me hath seen the Father and how sayestthou then, Shew us the Father?"  Jesus answered and saidunto him, "If a man loves me, he will keep my words: and myFather will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abodewith him."
Onopening the first chapter of the Bible, the reader encounters thewords “Inthe beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Thisphrase is a simple summary of the events that were to take place inthe course of the next six days of creation. God created the universeand all that is in it from a formless, empty and dark by speakinginto their existence. On the first day, He created night and day byseparating light from darkness. On the second day, He created anexpanse that separated the waters and named it as the Sky. The thirdday saw God gather all the waters from dry ground, naming them seaand land respectively. On the same day, He created vegetation whichincluded trees and plans. This was followed by the creation of thesun, moon and stars to provide light to earth, while separating dayand night. These would also be the signs used to mark days, seasonsand years. Living creatures of the seas and birds of the air werecreated on the fifth day, after which they were blessed to fill theskies and waters with life. On the sixth day, God created animals tofill the earth. It was also on this day that man was created in theimage of God. He then blessed him, giving him the authority to rule,care and cultivate over every other creature that had been created.Having completed his work of creation, God rested on the seventh day,blessed it and made it Holy.
Thesignificance of the creation story is that God is the author of life,and the amount of love and value that God has bestowed upon His mostspecial creation, mankind. God was extremely impressed with thisspecial creation, and it has been said that on several occasions, Hestopped to admire his handiwork which pleased Him a lot. Uponcompletion, God regarded the creation as the best. If anything, thisshould act as a reminder to all humans that they are an integral partof God’s creation. It is crucial that all human beings feel worthyof his pleasure even when circumstances don’t allow this.
Humanityand Human Value
TheChristian Doctrine teaches that creation of the universe was donethrough love by God, an intelligent power. Through this purposefulprocess of creation, everyone and everything was made inherentlyvaluable, with the intention being that all creatures should enjoyperfected love and justice. This purpose is fulfilled through humanhistory as man was created in God’s divine image, thus bestowingupon him the ability to understand Him as well as His vast andcomplex design.
Humannature is distinct from that of animals and all other creations inthe sense that man has the ability to think and feel. The ability toreason also comes as a distinctive characteristic, enabling humans toreflect on their nature and that of God so as to derive the knowledgeof God’s will for their creation. Human nature is reflective ofsome of the attributes of God, albeit in a much limited way. Love,for instance, is manifested in man because he was made in God’simage, a God who is love (1 John 4:16). Due to the very nature ofbeing created in God’s image, man possesses the ability forcompassion, truthfulness, faithfulness, kindness, patience andjustice. However, owing to this very human nature, these attributesare often distorted by sin. Originally, God, in his love, created manas a perfect being (Gen. 1:31). This perfect goodness was soon marredby Adam and Eve’s sin after they were tempted by the serpent to goagainst their creator. In effect, this single sin stained therelationship between God and the entire human race in such a way thatall human beings are born sinners. However, owing to the originallove that existed between God and mankind, and the value that Godplaced on humanity, He could not leave man to perish in eternaldeath. He ,therefore, sacrificed His son (Jesus Christ) to die onbehalf of man and his sins, thus saving him from eternal death (John3: 16). The good news is that every human being that trusts in JesusChrist is saved, thus becoming a new creature through the process ofsanctification (2 Cor. 5:17). This newly sanctified nature is setfree to live eternally in Heaven in the presence of God, in whoseimage he was originally created.
Christianitydefines sin as any transgression against the divine law of God. Oncreation, man was perfect and without sin. God placed man in theGarden of Eden in his perfection to enjoy his life as he had intendedin creation. It was in the garden that the struggle between good andevil was born when the devil, in the form of a serpent, tempted Adamand Eve to eat the forbidden fruit. God had instructed them to eatall the fruits in the garden but not to partake of the fruits on thetree of knowledge as this would lead to death (Gen. 2:16-17).However, the serpent convinced them to eat it and that marked thebirth of the original sin which continues to taint every descendantof Adam and Eve to date.
Thefall of Adam and Eve, as is commonly known, marked the perfectrelationship between God and his ‘best’ creation. This is thereason why to date man continues to experience the effects of sin intheir daily lives. The Old Testament gives an account of the sinfulnature of man and the punishments that God imparted on them to makethem repent and change their ways. God spoke directly to numerousprophets with the aim of passing a message to the people to changetheir evil ways but none of these worked. Neither did the TenCommandments that were given to Moses on Mount Sinai. This was God’sway of presenting humanity with His laws aimed at demonstrating howto love God and fellow man (Deut. 30: 15-16).
God,in his everlasting love for mankind, then took the ultimate step ofoffering His son, Jesus Christ, as a sacrifice for atonement of sin.The New Testament tells Christians about Christ, his teachingsagainst sin, and His ultimate suffering on the cross so as to saveman from the eternal death that is caused by his sinful nature.
Itis the expectation of God that man build a spiritually mature andGodly character while becoming like Him (Matthew 5: 48).
TheGood Life and Salvation
Theutmost demonstration of God’s goodness has been expressed in thelife and death of His son, Jesus. Christ left His heavenly home,assuming the human form, to suffer and die in place of a sinful manso that he may be forgiven of his sins (Phil. 2: 6-8). As a result ofhis endurance, everyone who trusts in Him is hence adopted into thefamily of God, making heaven their eternal home. During Hiscrucifixion, Jesus’ followers only recognized the great sorrow thatcame with the betrayal, arrest, torture, and eventual crucifixion. Nohuman being saw the benefit that would come with this sacrifice.However, every Christian now understands that God gave his own andonly son to that His purpose of our salvation might be accomplished(Rom. 8: 32).
InEphesians 2: 10, Paul clarifies that salvation is entirely the workof God, and the same applies to the good life that is supposed tocome after salvation. Since the process has been ordained by theCreator, man should not claim the glory upon themselves for eitherthe salvation or the good life. Micah 6: 8 intimates to man what thegood life entails man to do “Hehas told you oh human what is good, and what YHWH requires of you: Todo justice, To love mercy, To walk humbly with your God”.
Thisis the kind of Good Life that God has called man to through HisProphets, and made possible through the Messiah, in salvation. Withsalvation being the restoration of the entire God’s creation to theoriginal goodness, a person recovers their identity and theirvocation through the accomplishments of Christ in His death, burial,and resurrection. As stated above, salvation calls for a life ofdoing justice, a life of loving mercy and a life of walking inhumility. Man who has undergone salvation must work with God toensure that the world which has gone wrong is made right. They shouldalso love to extend God’s mercy and kindness found in the HolyGospel of the Lord. While walking in Christ, they must ensure to walkin humility and not boast because it is by the goodness and grace ofGod that they have attained salvation, and not by their doing.
Fromthe foregoing, we can, therefore, conclude that the discussedbiblical themes are of great relevance to mankind, God being at thecentre, the themes of creation, humanity, sin and the good life has alot to teach the mankind. The theme of God emphasizes the presence ofa supreme being the themes of creation and humanity on the otherhand give the humanity the importance of human as an integral part ofGod’s creation. The themes of sin and salvation demonstrate theneed for human salvation and forgiveness.
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