The Human Being And Its Human Nature By Comparing Part Of Jurgen Moltmann 's Life And My Life
When I started attending seminary, I heard in my classes about famous theologians beginning with Church Fathers such as Irenaeus of Lyon, later Saint Augustine, Origen, up to 21st century theologians such as Jürgen Moltmann; then, I wondered, how those theologians get the inspiration to talk about God deeply? What was the occurrence of them compared to my experience in life? How is human nature different or similar in relation to God’s creation? In this paper, I am going to talk about the human being and its human nature, by comparing part of Jürgen Moltmann’s life and my life. I choose Moltmann because his Theology of Hope inspires me.
God’s creation. Human nature has four major dimensions: body and soul, social being, teleology, and temporality. Human life (body and soul) is distinguished by the capacity to know truth, by using reasoning. God created Moltmann and I with the same nature (body and soul), but in a different time and space. Moltmann was born in Germany in 1926 and I was born in the Andes, in 1960. We were good since the beginning “God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good” (Genesis 1:31). So that, Christian thinkers re-affirm what the Bible says, human beings are part of God’s creation, no matter where the person is born.
Together with people of my community, God’s creation (plants, animal, and even inorganic things) was everywhere in every day, and that was a fact. Furthermore, my grandma taught me to “not mistreat or…