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General Principles Essay #5

God acted in creation with a definite purpose.  Man, among the rest of creation, was specifically made by God for His pleasure.  Man acts because he is made in the image of God; since God acts, we act.  Secondly, we act because God told us to. “And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.”  Genesis 2:15.

After the fall of man must deal with scarcity.  Prior to the fall, all that man needed was provided by God, through man’s labors in obedience to God’s word.

Since the fall, man fights against God, decay and disease.  Repentance towards the former removes the ultimate consequence of the latter.  Faith towards God, through Christ, removes the emnity between God and man.  Man can now experience fellowship with God.  Our sin is removed and we have been born again.  Consequently, we have life;  life that was not possible before the blood of Christ was applied to our account.

Nonetheless, we still face the principle of decay and death.  Man is now wasting away.  The world that he once knew is wasting too.  The garden of Eden is wasting.  Food decays.  Animals die.  Man must now struggle to survive.

Obedience still brings blessing.  God’s command to Adam and Eve in regards to dominion has not changed.  By learning about the world around him, man is capable of bringing forth abundance.  Problems are solvable. Witness the world today.

In spite of sin, man has never enjoyed such abundance of all goods.  Shortages remain, but these are not  the fault of God. Man and his sin continue to hinder the struggle for survival.  The root of the hinderance is the collective authority claimed by man, to bring about his sinful purposes instead of God’s righteousness.

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