I have been thinking alot about the nature of sin lately. It seems to me that this is a much unexplored area of theology (for obvious reasons!). This is such an important concept to wrestle with despite its personal difficulties b/c i am beginning to believe that our understanding of sin, particularly the fall, has dramatic implications for the rest of how we understand the Christian faith.
Here is tonight’s (this morning?) thought on sin. I was reading a textbook for an upcoming class when i came upon this quote: “Created in the image of God, man has a natural capacity for receiving and appreciating the self-revelation of God (22).”
I find this quote so interesting b/c it was my impression that Berkof, the author, was a staunch Reformed thinker. If this is so, then the Imago Dei was completely destroyed in the fall. The above quote doesn’t seem to jive with the rest of his thought.
I have been thinking on this, and i don’t believe i can recall Scripture addressing the Image of God (@ least in those terms) after the first few chapters of Genesis.
Can anyone think of any references? A better understanding of how the image was tainted/corrupted/lost would have a dramatic effect on one’s understanding of sin.
A specific question i have regarding this issue: Did Adam & Eve quit believing in Yahweh after sin? If not, then total depravity might be difficult to hold onto. Has anyone pursued this line of thought before.
That’s enough late night questions for tonight.