Parts of the Christian biblical narrative
What do the four parts of the Christian biblical narrative (i.e., creation, fall, redemption, and restoration) say about the nature of God and of reality in relation to the reality of sickness and disease? From where would one find comfort and hope in the light of illness according to this narrative? Explain in detail each part of the narrative above and analyze the implications.
Creation, Fall, Redemption and Restoration
Creation: According to the bible, man was created in God’s likeness and image. God’s plan on man during creation was to live and flourish in joy. This plan would be achieved by being peaceful, loving, and kind according to God’s likeness by glorifying him (Chiareli, 2019). The plan during creation was to give man physical wellbeing devoid of diseases and sufferings. According to the bible, during creation, God had good intention for humans and expected man to leave in harmony, reproduce, and fulfill the earth.
Fall: The fall happened at the time Adam and Eve disobeyed the commands of God. Adam and Eve, on the Garden of Eden, ate the forbidden fruit, one that they were warned not to eat by God. This was seen as a rebellious step by God who then cursed man. Specifically, God told man that he will work hard and sweat in order to eat. He would also suffer from different disease and was a subject to death. As such, living in the world as a result of distrust created, physical, emotional, and spiritual problems.
Redemption: God the heavenly father also known as the redeemer sent his only son Jesus Christ to come and die for the sins of humans. God saw the wrath of man’s sin was causing problems to the world. According to the bible, there was hatred, stealing and killings that he had to redeem the earth from such continuous sins (Chiareli, 2019). It is in this context that he had to send his only son to come and die in order to wash the sins that had been committed. Therefore, man finds comfort and hope in the redemption that is depicted as the cure of the diseases and sufferings.
Restoration: after redeeming the earth, God says that it does not end there, since there is restoration of all human kind (Chiareli, 2019). According to the bible, God has revealed his plans to renew the world. The bible says that God will come back to earth and judge the living and the dead of their sins. The righteous will be promoted to glory while sinners will be burnt in hell, a step that will eradicate sin among mankind.
One would find comfort and hope in the light of illness according to this narrative in all four parts of the narrative because according to Genesis 1:26, And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth;” since humans are made in the image of God, they should live according to the Lord’s scripture. For humans to seek hope and comfort, they have to understand and appreciate the nature of sin and recognize why Jesus died for them and be acquainted with the fact that he died for humans for redemption and future hopes.
Chiareli, A. A. (2019). Constructing a” Christian Sociological Re-Imagination:” Creation, Fall, and Redemption as a Unifying Analytical Framework. Journal of Sociology and Christianity, 9(1), 27-47.
Sanders, I. C. (2020). THE ENGLISH STANDARD BIBLE.