The Doctrine Of Human Beings Essay

1059 Words Nov 18th, 2015 null Page
In my initial summary of my understanding of Christian doctrine, I allotted a great deal of attention to the doctrines that, in my mind, define what it means to be a Christian--such as love, community, and evangelism--yet I neglected the fact that all Christians are, at their core, human beings. Therefore my attention is now turned to the doctrine of human beings. Guthrie 's analysis of the doctrine of human beings can perhaps best be summarized by 1 John 1:7, which reads, "but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin." By dissecting this single verse, one can reach an understanding of all the aspects of human life, as defined by the Christian faith.

Human beings are made in God 's image: "but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light..." This concept, explicitly revealed in the first chapter of the Bible (Genesis 1:27), was old news to me. In fact, most individuals, even non-Christians, are familiar with this teaching of scripture, but Guthrie introduces a necessary depth to this truth. God created humans "male and female" (Genesis 1:27), which is still nothing new, but I had never before considered the implications of this specification. Unorthodox views have attributed this distinction to the possibility of God being male, female or characteristic of both, but according to orthodox belief (as defined by Guthrie), this is a demonstration of the relational nature of…

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