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PHI 413 Discussion: The Four Parts of the Christian Biblical Narrative

PHI 413 Discussion The Four Parts of the Christian Biblical Narrative

Topic 3 DQ 2

Sep 12-16, 2022

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.

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Creation : “In the beginning, God created the Heavens and earth” Genesis 1:1 (Bible Gateway, n.d.). God made everything good. He created each of us in His image and created the world we live in. Because humans are made in the image of God and have an “intrinsic worth and value”, healthcare workers are called to help those in times of need and provide comfort for those that are suffering (Hoehner, 2020).

The Fall and redemption: The story of Adam and Eve is well known. It is the story of two flawed souls that fell for the tricks of the serpent in the garden. Due to their disobedience, they were cast out to live in a world where sickness and sadness existed. “Sin, suffering, and illness are part of the brokenness of the world that was caused by humankind’s sin” (Hoehner, 2020). However, God sent his son, Jesus Christ to save us from our sins and to give us hope. The textbook so succinctly explains how forgiveness can provide hope. “The goodness that remains in the world even after the fall reminds one that God has called humans to live in his world, not to abandon or reject it” (Hoehner, 2020).

Restoration: “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to

PHI 413 Discussion The Four Parts of the Christian Biblical Narrative

PHI 413 Discussion The Four Parts of the Christian Biblical Narrative

us” Romans 8:18 (Hoehner, 2020). We live in a fallen world and are going to run into sickness, disease, and death. The restoration part of this equation includes alleviating suffering of those in need. There is hope knowing the God is in control of each situation.

References:

Bible Gateway (2020). Genesis 1:1. https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis%201%3A1&version=NIV

Hoehner, P. (2020). Bioethics in the christian narrative. In GCU’s practicing dignity: An introduction to christian values and decision making in healthcare. https://lc.gcumedia.com/phi413v/practicing-dignity-an-introduction-to-christian-values-and-decision-making-in-health-care/v1.1/#/chapter/3

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This is a good overview of the Christian narrative and its relationship to sickness and disease. What I like to highlight is that redemption and restoration provide a solid basis for pursuing various careers in health care. This is because salvation, according to the biblical narrative, is not just about our spiritual (non-physical) state. Salvation is about God restoring all things that are broken in His physical creation, which includes sickness and disease. As such, health care workers are participating with God in His redemptive work when they do their work–much like a pastor or missionary is participating with God in his redemptive work when they are doing ministry.

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Hannah,

A good post. When God described both his act and creating and the creation itself as good, it meant that it was valuable and everything in its original state was the way it was suppose to be. Being created with the image of God provides a foundation of intrinsic dignity and value of all human beings. All humans have equal moral worth and dignity therefore it is morally wrong to use one person for the benefit of another (Hoehner, 2020).

Reference

Hoehner, P. (2020). Bioethics in christian narrative. Practicing dignity: An introduction to christian values and decision making in health care. Retrieved from https://Ic.gcumedia.com/phi413v/practicing-dignity-an-introduction-to-christian-values-and-decision-making-in-health-care/v1.1/#/chapter/3

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Hi,

The nature of God and the reality of sickness and disease result from the Christian biblical narrative of creation, fall and redemption, and restoration. In the beginning, everything worked according to God’s purpose, and man is God’s image. All the creatures, including human beings and animals, lived together in harmony. However, the fall was the beginning of the downfall of humankind since God was furious after Adam and Eve failed to obey His command. Their sinful actions made God introduce suffering to the universe as a punishment.

I support your claim that God sent His only son to die for our sins in redemption so that we could receive salvation. God wanted to give us a second chance that is why he sent his only begotten son to redeem us from our sins and shows Christians the way to salvation (Rieg, Newbanks & Sprunger, 2018). God made human beings in his image; we are expected to live righteous life and follow all the biblical teachings to be saved and healed from various illnesses.

 

Reference

Rieg, L. S., Newbanks, R. S., & Sprunger, R. (2018). Caring from a Christian Worldview: Exploring Nurses’ Source of Caring, Faith Practices, and View of Nursing. Journal of Christian Nursing35(3), 168-173.

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Hannah,

I am impressed about the way you tackled the biblical concepts of fall and redemption. The Christian biblical overview exhibits how great the love of God is towards man. Even when Adam sinned and the sin affected generations, God showed His great love towards humans by sending Jesus Christ to die for the sins of men, which brought redemption and restoration of life. I believe that three of the four concepts of the biblical narrative is a typology of health care. The fall is typical to sickness, where one’s body is crushed and affected by disease. Redemption can be a typology for treatment and procedures as health care workers show love to patients as they offer treatments and services to restore back life. I can match restoration to rehabilitation programs that patients go through as they continue to improve the quality of life. Christians who believe in the Bible always refer to the Bible for guidance and en-liken Biblical stories to their day to day living.

Reference:

Hoehner, P. (2020). Bioethics in the christian narrative. In GCU’s practicing dignity: An introduction to christian values and decision making in healthcare. https://lc.gcumedia.com/phi413v/practicing-dignity-an-introduction-to-christian-values-and-decision-making-in-health-care/v1.1/#/chapter/3

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