Human Nature

People are created in God's image. This sets us off from the animals. People have the capacity to think about higher order concepts like good and evil and to make moral decisions which the animals cannot do. Mankind has the capacity to act both in a great manner or to be utterly evil. So how can we explain the capacity of people to act in such contradictory ways? The questions takes us back to the nature of what human beings are. What sets us apart from the animals is having been created in God's image. We are capable of higher order thinking that involves decision-making which includes the moral issues we encounter in life. Christianity explains the apparent contradictions in human behavior as a part of the fallen human nature of mankind. We are capable of both good and evil. The following video clip describes this nature in more detail.


Human Nature



Created in God's Image



God and Good People



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Sex and Human Nature

Human nature and the human body are one entity. They are both integrated and make up the whole of human nature. The human body also reflects the importance that God places on the created natural order. Many Christians believe our ultimate destiny is to become solely spiritual beings after we die and go to be with the Lord. However, with the incarnation of Jesus into a human body with which he was resurrected God reveals to the importance of the material world and the human body. Heresies and incorrect teachings within the church did not give much attention to the role that the human body and God's created order play in the story of Christianity. God cares greatly about the material and part of our mission is to extend God's kingdom within the earth.The role of human sexuality plays a critical part in the plan God established for humans. The marriage relationship reflects the relationship of the Godhead. The proper role of sexual relations in marriage and within a culture are essential to fulfilling the mission God has ordained for his church. Nancy Pearcey has written a very good book that describes that relationship and how Satan is attempting to thwart God's plans for his people by corrupting our sexuality. 


Why the Call to Love Thy Body?  
To counter the hostility toward the human body and biological facts of life driving many of today's headline stories. Many people absorb pre-packaged media mantras on watershed moral issues without being aware of their hurtful real-world implications. Consider:
  • Transgenderism: Activists detach gender from biology. Kids down to kindergarten are being taught their body is irrelevant to their authentic self. Is this affirming--or does it demean the body?
  • Homosexuality: Advocates disconnect sexuality from being biologically male or female. Is this liberating--or does it denigrate who we really are?
  • Abortion: Supporters admit that pre-born babies are human, but deny that they are persons worthy of legal protection. Does this lead to equality for women--or does it threaten the intrinsic dignity of all humans?
  • Hookup Culture: On campus, in Hollywood, and in the boardroom, the sexual revolution was supposed to liberate us for recreational sex. But has it really led to schizoid sex and bodies without meaning?
In Love Thy Body, best-selling author Nancy Pearcey goes beyond politically correct talking points to offer a riveting exposé of the dehumanizing secularist ethos that shapes critical moral and socio-political issues of our day.

Formerly an agnostic, Pearcey was hailed in The Economist as"America's preeminent evangelical Protestant female intellectual." Fearlessly and with compassion, she makes the case that secularism denigrates the body and destroys the basis for human rights.
 
Throughout, Pearcey sets forth a holistic and humane alternative availableto all--one that offers reality-oriented solutions that embrace the dignity of the human body and provide a sustainable basis for inalienable human rights.
 
Now, more than ever, we need to learn to "love thy body."



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