Life after the Fall
When Adam and Eve fell into sin, their relationship with God was broken. This event is recorded in Genesis 3:8-24. Instead of remaining obedient to God, Adam and Eve went their own way and God punished them. Death entered creation and brought a complete change in their relationship with God, to each other and to everything around them. Adam and Eve, together with humanity, now had a different view of life – sin warped their perspective and impaired their ability to value life as God sees it.
Read Genesis 4:8-10 and Genesis 9:6-11.
• What do these passages show regarding people’s evaluation of human life?
• What is God’s response to the taking of innocent life?
• When Cain killed Abel, what prompted such a strong reaction to this particular sin?
Sanctity of Life Restored by God
God’s purpose in sending Christ was to bring us into right relationship with Him again. Christ’s finished work of redemption on the cross enables those who believe in Him to become newly created in God’s image and design and to encourage others toward reconciliation with God.
Read 2 Corinthians 5:16-21 and Galatians 4:4-7
• What relationship do we have with God when we repent and trust in Christ?
• What changes occur as a result of this new relationship?
• Understanding a person’s value from God’s perspective, how must we respond to the needs of others?