Fundamentals of Economics

Essay #5:General Principles (Part II)

God acted in creation with a definite purpose of glorifying His nature and loving character “   Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” Revelation (4:20), “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” John 3:16. Man, among the rest of creation, was specifically made by God for His pleasure and in redemption He shows His great love for mankind.

Man acts because he is made in the image of God; God acts so we act.  The image of GodSecondly, 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, man must deal with scarcity.  Prior to the fall, all that man needed was provided by God (Genesis 1:29), through man’s labors in obedience to God’s word.

Since the fall, man fights against God and his own inevitable decay.  Repentance towards the former removes the ultimate consequence of the latter.  Faith towards God, through Christ, removes the enmity 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 regard to dominion has not changed.  By learning about the world around him, man can bring forth abundance.  Problems are solvable, but ultimately, they must be solved in accordance with the Word of God.

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 sinful continue to hinder the struggle for survival.  The root of the hinderance is the collective authority claimed by man and the rejection of God.  Man seeks to glorify himself and his sinful purposes instead of God.

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