Why are people the way they are? Did God create people self-absorbed, arrogant, and perverse? The answer to the second question is a definitive no. God created humans to be just like Him. Humans were created to know and reflect the character of God. That is how God created the human race. But that is not the way things are now. In the Garden of Eden, Adam disobeyed and with his disobedience came shame (Genesis 3:7), fear (Genesis 3:10), blame (Genesis 3:11-13), pain (Genesis 3:16), and broken relationships (Genesis 3:17). But, even more than this brokenness, Adam’s disobedience corrupted human nature. Humans are no longer a perfect reflection of God, but rather, as J.C. Ryle put it, “smashed-up temples” of God.There are still traces of God’s reflection in humanity but like an image reflected through a smashed mirror, the image is distorted. As a result of the fall, humanity is not what it was created to be nor living out its created purpose. It is important to remember that God did not create humanity unable to fulfill its responsibility, but man chose corruption over purity. And man’s corrupted nature will not allow him to fulfill his God-given responsibilities. This is why man cannot simply work harder to fulfill his responsibility, but must be given a new nature that is free from the corruption of sin. The good news is that a new, pure nature is available through faith in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (but more on this later).
[Sections of this blog were taken from The Good News We Almost Forgot: Rediscovering the Gospel in a 16th Century Catechism by Kevin DeYoung.]
No, but because of the disobedience of our first parents, Adam and Eve, all of creation is fallen; we are all born in sin and guilt, corrupt in our nature and unable to keep God’s law.