Tuesday: Deceived by the Evidence
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Read Genesis 3:4-6. What are the principles that led to Adam and Eve’s

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downfall? What can we learn from their experience that can help us to deal with whatever temptations we face, as well?

Satan was successful in drawing Eve into conversation and in raising doubts about what God said and why. Now he tells Eve that God is not telling the truth and provides an explanation for God’s motive behind His forbidding them to eat of [...]

Monday: The Woman and the Serpent
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Read Genesis 3:2-3. How did the woman respond to the serpent? What

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mistakes did she make?

Though Eve clearly knew the command of God, which shows her culpability, she does make a statement that goes beyond what God had said, at least as recorded in the Bible. God had clearly instructed Adam and Eve not to eat of the tree; nothing was said about not touching it. Because we don’t know what prompted her to say that, [...]

Sunday: The Serpent Was More Cunning
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Read Genesis 3:1. How is Satan, in the form of a serpent, described?

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How is the truth of that depiction revealed even in that one verse?

The cunning of the serpent is seen in the way he introduces his temptation. He does not make a direct attack but attempts to engage the woman in conversation. Note that the serpent’s words include at least two problematic aspects. First, he asks if God really made a particular statement. At [...]

Sabbath: Creation and the Fall
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Read for This week’s Study: Gen. 3:1-15;Matt. 4:3-10;Col. 2:20-23; John 3:17; Rev. 14:6-7.

Memory Text: “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel” (Genesis 3:15, NIV).

A comic used to play a woman character called Geraldine. In one monologue she was a minister’s wife who had come home with an expensive new dress. Her husband (also played by the same comedian) got angry. Geraldine then shrieked in response: [...]

Further Study: Creation and Morality
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According to Scripture, Adam was the first man and was specially created from the dust by God. Our understanding of the origin of morality is founded in the origin of Adam. Biblical concepts of morality are, then, inseparable from biblical concepts of origins.

Recognizing Adam as the first human also refutes the possibility that any fossils were ancestral to Adam or other humans. From where, then, did these fossils come? Several other possibilities exist.

First, the humanlike fossils might be forms of [...]

Inside Story: The Two Paths
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Chief Asang was weeping, and no one could console him. I had no idea

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why he was upset, but I asked God to help me comfort him. I am a student missionary teaching the children of the chief’s people.

As I approached the chief, he reached out and hugged me. “Thank you for coming,” he said when he saw me. “Something is bothering me and I know you can help.” Confused by his greeting, I wondered [...]

05: Creation and Morality – Thought Starters
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[Thought questions for Creation and Morality January 30, 2013]

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1. Depending on the Creator. What was God’s intention when He created mankind? Did He have a grand plan or did He just want to create a pleasant and invigorating environment for His new friends through eternity? Why do you think God laid down a firm rule about not eating from one of the many fruit-bearing trees in the Garden of Eden? Was it a test of obedience? Or was [...]

Thursday: Morality and Accountability
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In an earlier lesson, we looked at Paul’s sermon to the men in Athens

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(Acts 17:16-31). Follow the line of reasoning he used, noting not just where he started but where he ended. What’s so important about the conclusion he came to, particularly regarding the question of origins and morality?

Paul’s sermon to the men of Athens began with Creation and ended with judgment. According to Paul, the God who made the world and everything in it has [...]

He Grew the Tree He Knew Would be Used to Make the Old Rugged Cross
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Around a hundred years ago, when I was a teenager, a country singer by the name of Barbara Mandrell, sang, “He grew the tree that He knew would be used to make the old rugged cross.” The song brought out, that even at creation Jesus was planning our redemption. This song could not be any truer.

In Genesis 2:17 God says, “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not [...]

Survival of the Fittest vs the Golden Rule
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Where does morality come from? How do humans decide how to behave? As a Christian we see that moral behavior is a product of my belief in a Creator God. But what if a person does not believe in God? What dictates his morality?

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In a sermon on “Evolution and the Christian Faith,”  Phillip E. Johnson notes:

“‘If there is no Creator who has a purpose for your life, then there is no such thing as [...]

Wednesday:The Character of Our Creator
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God created us in His image, which means among other things that He

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intended for us to resemble Him in character. That is, we are to be like Him, as much as humanly possible (notice, to be like God is not the same thing as to aspire to be God, a crucial difference). In order for us to be like God, in the sense that we reflect His character, we must have a proper understanding of what that character [...]

05: Creation and Morality – Teaching Plan
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Key Thought : Creation morality encourages belief in fixed standards of right and wrong and calls us to serve and protect that which we have power over.

[Teaching plan for Creation and Morality January 28, 2013]

1. Have a volunteer read Genesis 2:16,17.

A. Ask class members to share a short thought on what the main idea of this text is.
B. Why did God have a tree of knowledge of good and evil in different inhabited places in the universe? Why [...]