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The Condition

Everyone must consider the human condition. Do we start as a clean slate and wait for the world to place its stamp on us? Are we born into a specific nature? And, is that nature basically good or tainted somehow?
How we answer those questions certainly affects how we view everything else. It affects right and wrong. It affects whether human understanding is fundamentally flawed. This lens of a worldview is significant. It will impact any answer to any big question we ask. And, it is important one. It determines whether we fundamentally believe whether we need a savior or whether we can do this on our own.
Imago Dei
Fundamental to the Christian general worldview is the belief that the first humans were created in the image of God (imago Dei); thus, every subsequent human bears this image. Genesis 1:26-27, which declares:
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them (NIV).
At the Christian school we go beyond that fundamental biblical truth. We help our students determine what does means to be created in the image of God. Again, in the Christian worldview we understand and teach that this gives humans great dignity and honor.  (Funk, 2001)
God observed his creation and proclaimed it good. But, what happened? The problem humans have, is that this image has been corrupted by sin. No longer do we reflect the perfect and good God, He is.
Genesis 1:31 “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning–the sixth day. (NIV)”
Corruption of Sin
The proper Christian school teaches that humans and all of creation have been corrupted by the original sin.  No longer was a human innocent. Adam and Eve directly defied God and ignored the singular command to them. They immediately knew that their disobedience had brought negative results, which endure to this day. Because of this, pain and death became part of the human experience. The human soul was irreparably harmed by this defiance against God.  Now each and every one of us has been and will be born with minds, bodies, and souls that have been irreparably damaged. We are born with an inherently sinful nature because of this original sin.
Psalm 51:5 “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. (NIV)”
The Solution
Humans are not just left without a solution to this nature. God, in his infinite wisdom and loving nature gave us a way to atone for this sinful nature. In fact, it isn’t anything we can do for ourselves. Rather, it is something that was done for us. This is why Jesus Christ died and conquered death, so that we may be free from the bondage of our human nature.   He covered the sin that separates us from God so we can know him more.
I John 5:5 “Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. (NIV)”
Of course there are many more things that comprise human nature. But, to the Christian, this is everything that matters. The rest is superfluous. We know and declare that Jesus came so that we can have a full life that our corruption and the corrupter wants to deny us from having (John 10:10).
Simply put- THE GOSPEL CHANGES EVERYTHING

Reference

Funk, K. (2001, March 21). What is a worldview? Retrieved April 12, 2016, from http://web.engr.oregonstate.edu/~funkk/Personal/worldview.html. Essay Series

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