Here are the resources for Lesson 3 – Anthropology: Who Is Man?

Points to consider for discussion time:

  1. Let’s discuss the truth claim that man is basically good. Do you see any evidence that our culture has bought this notion? What is that evidence? Do you think we live in a culture of “blame”? If so, how is that linked to the notion that man is basically good? What about “victim mentality”? Is that related? If so, how?  What about the issue of “tolerance”? Any linkage? Why or why not?
  2. Consider Maslow’s position that man must self-actualize by getting in touch their inner desires and bring them out. What are the consequences of this? Why would it give rise to a hostility toward Christianity?
  3. Let’s revisit the Carl Rogers’ statement: “I do not find that evil is inherent in human nature.” What are the implications of this view of man in relation to what man really needs? What does it do to the biblical concept that man needs a Savior?
  4. Why do Christians so often feel “stumped” when non-believers point to the existence of evil in the world? According to this discussion, what is the ultimate source of evil?
  5. How does your worldview influence your definition of evil?
  6. What are the major differences between the Bible’s view of man and autonomous man’s view of himself?
  7. How might a person’s understanding of human nature and the meaning of human life determine his or her behavior or lifestyle? Given the basic distinctions between biblical and man-centered anthropology, how would we expect a believer’s behavior to differ from that of a non-believer?
  8. How do differing views of mankind play into the social struggles and conflicts we see in our culture today?

 

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Scripture references

Gal 5: 16-17 Gen 1:27 Rom 5:12 Gen 6:5
Rev 20:15 Heb 9:27 Rev 5:9 Rom 7:14-20
Rom 6:12 Rom 8:5-14 1 Cor 15:42 Rom 8:13
Col 3:5-10 Rom 7:24-25

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