The Christian worldview provides an explanation for human nature and the story of the creation and fall (Gen. 1-3). A great deal of the suffering that people experience and much of man’s inhumanity to man are explained by this description of the fall of human nature. Is this characterization of human nature accurate? Why or why not? If not, what is an alternative explanation?
(1.) Nicho J. Response:
I certainly think that the description that the Bible gives of human nature is correct. First, I believe this because I believe that the Word of God is infallible, perfect, and breathed-out by God (Psalm 19, 2 Tim 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20-21). This means that when the Bible says something about humanity, it is correct in its assessment.
Talking about mankind, the Bible says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick, who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9, English Standard Version). It says that before God reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, we were enemies of His, not friends (Rom 5:10). Ephesians 2:1 says that without God, because of sin, we are dead in our trespasses. And without the salvation that Jesus gives us, our righteousness is like filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). We are all sinners, by nature and by action.
We see this truth every day. People lie, cheat, steal, are unfaithful and untrustworthy. Even the people that we love most sometimes mistreat us and can hurt us. Children learn how to lie without ever being taught. I never taught my two sons how to fight, but they do it naturally out of the sin-nature that is within us. There is selfishness, abuse, racism, war and violence, and poverty. And we see all of that just in the first 10 minutes of the news broadcast. We also experience this sin in ourselves, as we see how easy it is to lie, and how hard it is to stop addictive patterns of behavior or negative patterns of thinking. We are, because of the fall of mankind, sinners by nature and by desire. This is why we need God.
(2.) Besty B. Response: I do believe that man’s inhumanity is explained in the description of the Fall. “Instead of becoming like God, they separated themselves from God.” (Diffey, D., 2015, para. 10) This is the beginning of original sin which generation after generation is doomed to repeat. It is not only in our innate nature, it is reinforced through society. No matter how pure life is in the beginning, it is not long before it’s sinfulness surfaces. Sin surrounds us in our lives daily, not only with in our own thoughts and actions but those around us. It is reinforced through society in music, television shows, the news, and our peers. Even though we sin and separate ourselves from God, he is loyal and continues to work to give us redemption. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just He will forgive us our sins and purify us from all righteousness.” (1 John 1:9) He forgives us of our transgressions and fills us with hope for a wiser future the same way he does from Adam and Eve in the bible. God not only told Eve that she would bear children but also “The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.” (Genesis 3:21)
(3.)Bridg J. Response:
I think the characterization of human nature is accurate because we as humans come to the world as sinners. We must learn the understanding of God through our worldview, which is not easy. Becoming a Christian is not easy because we must truly be committed to God. Being truthful to God is loving and worshiping him the way we suppose to. I have been slacking as human. but I am trying to live by God and his attributions. Sometimes we as humans can be very selfish and forget about God. Sometimes we forget what is important, which is worshiping him for all his creations and praising him for his doing. Some people think it is cool for people to worship them instead of remembering God is the only higher authority we should praise and worship. God is very selfish and wants all the attention. He is the only perfect creations of life.
(4.) Payt A. Response: As human beings, we are constituted by a mind which is self-aware and is rational, a heart which is free and can love and which is, therefore morally responsible, and a soul which longs for meaning and significance. Consciousness, rationality, love, morality, and meaning: These, I maintain constitute the essence of what is to be a person in the full sense of the term (p. 63).
I do not believe it is accurate. Our automatic response to humanity is trust and love. While the fall made suffering, pain, and cruelty possible; it is not what defines us. Those traits are not born with us, they are simply learned or taught by wrongful observations. They can also be learned by not being given the proper affection an individual needed or longed for. I do not agree with the Original Sin, without the fall it was impossible for Adam and Eve to follow Gods commandments. I do not believe that humans are born to sin, we are born pure and it is up to us and our surroundings as to what characteristics traits are developed and carried on with. As humans, we will make mistakes because it is inevitable. Not one individual’s life is perfect, however, the struggles do not define who they are. What matters is how the fall is handled and how the individual gets back up from it.