The Fall. Lesson Aim To read Genesis ch3 and explore what is known as 'the Fall '. Genesis - what's going on?. Activity 1 – look at Genesis 1 and 2, compare and contrast. Free Will. Recap - What is free will?. Free Will - reminder. What is free will?
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Recap - What is free will?
What is free will?
Why do you think we refer to Genesis Ch3 as The Fall?
“You will have to work hard and sweat to make the soil produce anything, until you go back to the soil from which you were formed. You were made from soil, and you will become soil again." (Genesis 3: 19)
Genesis 3: 1–19 is an account of how sin and deathentered the world. Adam and Eve, as the first humans, lost their life in paradise as a result of their disobedienceto God’s commands.
Readings of this passage led Christian thinkers to believe that the sin of Adam and Eve meant the rest of humanity also lost perfection and innocence. It brought suffering and decay into God’s perfect creation. Others have seen the account as a way of explaining disorder and evilin the world as a result of human failure. The world as we know it, with disease and death, was not the world that God created, or intended. Human failings have brought sin and death into creation.
St Augustine saw that human free will was weakened, though not totally destroyed, by sin.
Like a pair of unbalanced scales, evil intentions and choices often would, under the influence of original sin, outweigh good intentions and choices.Original Sin
idea of inherited sin.
To sum it up, to sin is to: -
If you are alienated from someone, you are like a stranger to him or her. At the fall, humanity was alienated from God. They could only hope for reconciliation brought about by God. Without that move, humanity could not fulfill their purpose to be in relationship with God.
(b) Alienation from each other
Adam tries to blame Eve for his disobedience. Eve then blames the serpent. Neither wants to take responsibility for their actions. Humans are set against each other and all of creation.The Human ConditionThe consequences of The Fall
The source reveals that humanity’s disobedience will lead to death.The Effect of Sin
Identifying beliefs from sources
Points of View
Religious art has been used throughout Christian history to express the beliefs of the Church. Examples of this work can be used to help learners understand the beliefs of a faith community.
The story of Adam and Eve is rich in religious art, having inspired many great works. This activity focuses on one of these paintings, Fall by Johan Rudolph Thiele . While many of the paintings of the Fall try to make sense of the events this painting tries to tell the whole story of the Human Condition from Fall to Salvation and the means by which that Salvation comes.
Animals (created beings)
What does it say about how Christians see the world? What does it suggest about whether God creates humanity different from the rest of the animals?
Is it significant that the snake is separate as well?
Do Christians today see the same significance?
Is it coincidental for Christians that they believe the Fall came from a fruit from a tree and that Salvation comes from a man dying on a cross of wood?
The agony and despair upon Adam and Eve’s faces shows the shame they felt after betraying the Lord, giving into the temptation of the Serpent and eating of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil
Behind them, an angel(within the bible it is cherubim, meaning more than one) holds a sword and points into the desert where Adam and Eve would live our their lives until their death, away from Paradise.
Adam covers his face as Eve cries out in sadness, covering herself in modesty.
What is sin?
An inner tendency to go our own way rather than God’s.
2 different understandings of the Fall – literal / mythical etc.
Source: Gen 3 1-24
Read worksheet on Sin and the Fall
complete all questions