Practical Implications from the Radical Nature of the Fall

Human rebellion against God resulted in a separation that covered every aspect of our human existence, a radical corruption of human nature. Human beings were not designed to function well outside a relationship with God. This leads to practical outcomes and expectations.

We do not expect others to be perfect nor demand of them that they should be. But we expect ourselves to be humble and quick to recognise our own failings and to repent. We also overlook failings in others if appropriate and forgive. We recognise that we will fail in thought word and deed. We do not set our faith or hope on other human beings. When we make judgments about the behaviour of others we recognize in ourselves the same weakness. We also expect that, as a result of the fall, things will not always go as we have planned, that we will have resistance.

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