As I read I note a near obsession with discovering an accurate definition of the human being. The best one I have seen so far is offered by the Russian author, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, in his Notes From Underground.
“I believe the best definition of man is the ungrateful biped”
That the human race as a whole is essentially well within the grateful/ungrateful parameters stated by Dostoyevsky is beyond refute. I see very little difference between those who believe in Creation and those of other persuasions. If you think the political wars of who gets more as entitlement are vicious, you should sit in some church/non-profit groups when, due to financial reality, subsidies must stop.
Creationists, of whom I am one, understand that the entire race was at one time in harmony with our creator in the person of Adam. When Adam fell, the race fell with him, genetically. Basically, Adam was emotionally driven to sin due to Eve’s thought that God was not quite good enough and they really were entitled to more.
The above scene is played out over and again as attested by the Apostle Paul in Romans 1:21, “Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.”
Thus we have Paul and Dostoyevsky on the same page. The word eucharistos is used to tie thankfulness to God’s gift.
Copyright © 2013 Larry Lilly