“…the more enlightened we are the more greatness and vileness we discover in man…man’s greatness and wretchedness are so evident that the true religion must necessarily teach us that there is in man some great principle of greatness and some great principle of wretchedness….what sort of freak then is man! How novel, how monstrous, how chaotic, how paradoxical, how prodigious! Judge of all things, feeble earthworm, repository of truth, sink of doubt and error, the glory and refuse of the universe!”
So wrote Blaise Pascal in Pensees in 1669. Pascal describes what we all see in humanity. The best and most moral humans that ever lived still had severe faults. The worst and most vile humans that ever lived, still displayed positive character traits. How can this be? There truly is in every human being “some great principle of greatness and some great principle of wretchedness” The book of Genesis answers some of these questions. At the end of chapter 1 and into chapter 2 we discover humans, male and female, created in the image/likeness of God. But when we get to chapter 3 of Genesis, we read of the Fall of humanity and the subsequent effect of the sinfulness and fall on the rest of Creation. Created in the image and likeness of God, yet fallen and totally depraved. Only Christianity can account for what we see in ourselves and in others.
This week in our class in Sunday School we will be discussing this topic and how the book of Genesis sets the foundation for the Redeeming work of Jesus Christ. The apostle Paul, in his seminal work in the letter to the Romans, begins with that foundation in chapter 1 of the letter to the Romans.
All are welcome to the class this Sunday morning January 15, 2017 at 9:45 A.M.