Write your paragraph response directly below each question:
1. What is revealed about human nature (from Gen 1-2)? According to Genesis 1:27 God made man in his own image and in the following verses till the end of the chapter he says that he gave man rule over all life on earth. He also told man to populate and give more life to the earth. In Chapter 2 of Genesis God gave man the power to name all the animals and eat from any tree except for one tree which is the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. This tree reveals one big thing about human nature and that is humans are very curious and our curiosity can get the best of us. Near the end of chapter 2 God gives Adam a companion that Adam names woman because “she was made from man”. The reason God gave Adam Eve was because that humans need companionship and that is one of the biggest aspects of human nature is companionship.
2. What are the consequences of the Fall for human nature (from Gen 3)? In Genesis 3:16-20 God gives separate consequences to man and woman. For women God increased pain during child birth and also that women cannot have power over their husbands. This also tells us that women will desire to be in a man’s position but will never acquire it because Eve made the decision of deceiving Adam into eating the apple. For man God cursed the ground from which he will have to work very hard to gain food. God also cursed the ground with weeds and thorns which kill other plants and make it even harder to grow food. God used a sense of irony with the last curse for man. He first explained that man came from the ground and that man will have to work the ground his whole life to keep him and his family alive until the man dies returning to the ground.
3. What is revealed about human purpose from the readings? What does it mean for humans to flourish, in other words to achieve spiritual, emotional, and mental well-being? Humans are emotional being to care for one another and let negative emotions take over to how or where we do something negative based on our negative emotions. Spiritually we follow God’s plan even if you don’t understand or stand alone.