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22 Creation What are your reactions to this translation? What are your reactions to this translation? Did any phrase stand out as totally different? Did any phrase stand out as totally different? What about how it begins? What about how it begins? Does this indicate clearer the eternal nature of God? Does this indicate clearer the eternal nature of God?

23 In the Image of God What is the climax of the creation story? What is the climax of the creation story? How do we know this is the climax? How do we know this is the climax? What do you think being created in the ‘image of God’ means? What do you think being created in the ‘image of God’ means?

24 In the Image of God “In our image” – Christians often think of the Trinity. “In our image” – Christians often think of the Trinity. Many scholars believe this is the ‘royal we.’ Many scholars believe this is the ‘royal we.’

25 Image Physical likeness; Physical likeness; Mental and spiritual faculties; Mental and spiritual faculties; Being God’s representative (vice-regent); Being God’s representative (vice-regent); Capacity to relate to God. Capacity to relate to God. Early literature in Egypt have similar wording for Pharaohs to provide a description of their function and being. Early literature in Egypt have similar wording for Pharaohs to provide a description of their function and being.

26 Image of God Karl Barth suggests: capacity to relate to God. ‘The way back to authentic humanity is through a personal encounter in which the grace of God is experienced as an integrative core, opening the emotional, social and spiritual aspects of the self to new dimensions of life.’ (Ray Anderson, Fuller)

27 Male & Female, He created them Male and Female created equal by God. Male and Female created equal by God. Our differences give understanding to our own ‘self.’ Our differences give understanding to our own ‘self.’ Reveals completeness – God’s divine order. Reveals completeness – God’s divine order. Omission of “after its kind.” Omission of “after its kind.” Common origin of mankind. Common origin of mankind.

28 Homosexuality We’ve learned the implications of God’s manner of creating humans. We’ve learned the implications of God’s manner of creating humans. Lack of completeness in a same sex relationship – it has a ‘tragic element.’ Lack of completeness in a same sex relationship – it has a ‘tragic element.’ Christians need to preach God’s preference and still offer God’s presence. Christians need to preach God’s preference and still offer God’s presence.

29 On homosexuality: It is a violation of human personhood to treat people as less than human on any grounds, including sexual orientation and behavior. At the same time … it is a violation of personhood and thus the essential humanity of persons to confuse their essential sexual differentiation as male and female, male or female.’ ‘ It is a violation of human personhood to treat people as less than human on any grounds, including sexual orientation and behavior. At the same time … it is a violation of personhood and thus the essential humanity of persons to confuse their essential sexual differentiation as male and female, male or female.’ Ray Anderson, Fuller

30 On homosexuality It is not the homosexual orientation. It is not the homosexual orientation. It is the homosexual behavior. What is our reaction to homosexual persons? What is our reaction to homosexual persons? Our mandate is to invite all into the body of Christ, having them join the body of believers and be filled with the Spirit. Our mandate is to invite all into the body of Christ, having them join the body of believers and be filled with the Spirit. Once Christian, Christian accountability applies. Once Christian, Christian accountability applies.

31 Similar Sins? Are other sexual sins equivalent to homosexuality? Are other sexual sins equivalent to homosexuality? Adultery also hurts, violating their humanity and therefore, God. Adultery also hurts, violating their humanity and therefore, God. What about sex before marriage? What about sex before marriage? Dating today is influenced by ‘consumerism.’ Dating today is influenced by ‘consumerism.’ Even engaged couples … still forbidden? Even engaged couples … still forbidden? God’s preference is for permanent union. God’s preference is for permanent union.

32 Activity Take 10 minutes to discuss your scenario and form a Christian response to counsel individuals involved in the situation.

33 Providence Providence, Providence, see it laying down the cornerstone, The hand of Providence – it’s evident, For we could never make it on our own. Apportioning the power, weighing all that it entails, Giving us the fulcrum and a balance to the scales.

34 Providence Oh, the Hand of Providence Is guiding us through choices that we make Oh, the Hand of Providence Is reaching out to help us on our way.

35 Providence Providence, ever since any thesis ever entered man, The Hand of Providence has been our best defense. Tho’ his ways are sometimes hard to understand, From the dying of a heartbeat to another soul reborn, From in between and circling our thoughts of love and war.

36 Providence Webster’s definition: 1.The foreseeing care and guardianship of God over His creatures. 2.God directing the universe and affairs of man with wise benevolence. 3.A manifestation of divine care or direction. 4.Prudent management of resources. What is Michael W. Smith trying to say in this song?

37 John Calvin “What is the chief end of human life? To know God by whom men were created. What reasons have you for saying so? Because he created us and placed us in this world to be glorified by us, and it is indeed right that our life, of which he himself is the beginning, should be devoted to his glory.”

38 Openness: the Open position God is all-powerful and in control. God is all-powerful and in control. God chooses not to control all events. God chooses not to control all events. “God is one whose ways are marked by flexibility and dynamism, who acts and reacts on behalf of His people, who does not exist in splendid isolation from a world of change, but relates to His creatures and shares His life with them.” Clark Pinnock

39 Suffering: why? If God is all-powerful but has not the will to prevent evil, then he is a cruel and malicious god. If God is all-powerful but has not the will to prevent evil, then he is a cruel and malicious god. If God is loving and good but lacks the power to prevent evil then he is weak and an impotent god. If God is loving and good but lacks the power to prevent evil then he is weak and an impotent god. If God has both the will and the power to prevent evil, then why is there evil? If God has both the will and the power to prevent evil, then why is there evil?

40 Habakkuk 1:2-4 “How long, O LORD, will I call for help, And You will not hear? I cry out to You, "Violence!" Yet You do not save. Why do You make me see iniquity, And cause me to look on wickedness? Yes, destruction and violence are before me; Strife exists and contention arises. Therefore the law is ignored And justice is never upheld. For the wicked surround the righteous; Therefore justice comes out perverted.”

41 Habakkuk 1:13 “Your eyes are too pure to approve evil, And You can not look on wickedness with favor. Why do You look with favor On those who deal treacherously? Why are You silent when the wicked swallow up Those more righteous than they?”

42 Habakkuk 2:4, 20 "Behold, as for the proud one, His soul is not right within him; But the righteous will live by his faith.” "But the LORD is in His holy temple. Let all the earth be silent before Him."

43 Questions Let’s take a few minutes to ponder some questions…


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