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May 26, 2018
The Fall of Man
What is revealed about human nature?
Revelations from the Biblical text in Genesis chapter 1 and 2 indicate that man God created man
in his own reflection, which implies that he was intended to be pure and free from sin. Following
the creation process, man lived naked and did not mind interacting with God and the woman,
despite the nakedness. Essentially, this implies that the level of purity provided an opportunity to
interact freely without remorse (Dyck and Health 54). God created man in his image and, unlike
the other creations whose existence was a result of speech only, God took the time to create man
from clay. Further, the woman was created from man, which implies that she was an extension of
God’s image as well. Putting them in the Garden of Eden was meant to ensure that they had
access to everything they needed, other than the forbidden fruit therein. Consequently, these
benefits imply that human nature was originally intended to be a reflection of God’s physical
What are the consequences of the fall for human nature?
Following the fall of man, he could no longer face the creator without shame and even hid from
God out of shame for what he had done. The immediate consequence of the fall was a rise in the
blame with the man blaming the woman for having eaten the forbidden fruit. On the other hand,
the woman blamed the serpent for deceit, which gave rise to the first incident within the garden.
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