Religion 1310: Christian Scriptures Week 1
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Christian Scriptures 24 August 2016 Genesis – Beginning of the Bible (Book of Beginnings) Psalms – A book of prayer Genesis Day and night, and there was evening, And there was morning the ___ day. Man and woman are a unite Not only is there repetition, but there is rhythm. God builds the world in “layers”. o Suggests that human life is dependent on the rest of the created. o God uses rhythm to separate layers and fill with new creation. *God is not created, He is doing the creating* God = creator, all other things = created (creatures) God creates by speaking things into existence. God creates the world in six days, and rests on the seventh. o He always calls his creations “good” and calls man “very good”. o He has not created evil, that is not a part of his creation. “Goodness” is a divine quality; He continuously calls himself “good” Creation of humankind; “In our image, according to our likeliness” so “male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:2627). o Mysterious community in God’s Life o Relates to humankind and community. Human creatures also image God in terms of their vocation. o Dominion (1:26) o Tilling and Keeping (2:15) o Vegetarian Diet (1:29ff) God acts for the good for all of what God has made (1:2031, see also Psalm 104: 2735) o Creates other creatures o Provides habitat for them o Provides food for them The Fall (Chapter 3 Genesis) At the center of what God has made are two trees (2:9) The serpent says to do otherwise than what God has said. o Genesis (3:45) When God created humans, he made human kind in his image. o The serpent says “and you will be like God”. Why would the serpent say this if humankind is already made in God’s image? A temptation to autonomy o Becoming a law (nomos) unto oneself (auto), a law apart from God. Consequences? Damage to what was created as Very Good according to God, has now been tainted. o Death (2:16 – 17) o Damage to Adam and Eve’s relationship to God o Damage to relationship to themselves (ashamed of nudity) o Damage to relationship with one another. Accusation and the deferral of blame (3:12 – 14) o Damage to their relationship to creation. Eating from the land in toil, thorns, and thistles, etc. Banished from the Garden of Eden (3:24, see 2:15) Damage to the community in human life o Story of Cain and Abel Family life becomes a site of death (supposed to image God’s life) “Am I my brother’s keeper?” o Another deferral of responsibility, from Cain.
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