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Academic Questions in CRS
Concerning the biblical account of first human disobedience, which of the following statement is false?
A. The snake began its temptation by asking the woman: 'Did God really tell you not to eat fruit from any tree in the garden?'
B. The snake lied to the woman that she won't die when she eats the fruit
C. The woman ate the fruit because she she saw how beautiful the tree was and how good its fruit would be to eat
D. The woman ate the fruit and gave some to her husband, after which they were given understanding
E. The fruit eaten by the woman was an apple and it looked pleasing to the eye
F. The snake was the most cunning animal that the Lord God had made
That same evening when Adam and Eve ate the fruit in middle of the garden, What was God's first action?
A. God called out to Adam and Eve
B. God cursed the serpent, Adam and Eve respectively
C. God called out to man and asked him: 'Where are you?'
D. God expressed his disappointed to Adam
E. God declared his anger to man
F. God called out to Adam and Eve and punished them immediately
The snake in the garden of Eden began it's temptation on Eve by _____.
A. Telling her she would be wise
B. Telling her she won't die when she eats the fruit
C. Telling her she will be like God
D. Asking her a simple question
E. Showing her the beauty of the fruit
F. Suggesting that she doesn't know what she's missing
God knows all things, even your secret and deepest thoughts. This attribute of God is termed _____.
B. Self existence
The following are attributes of God except _____.
F. Options A through E are correct
_____ is the first son of Jacob.
What was Joseph's interpretation of the chief baker's dream?
A. He will be restored to his former position
B. He will be hung to death and birds will eat his remains
C. He will see his family again
D. He will remain the chief baker of the prison
E. He will die in prison
F. He will be shown mercy by the king
Joseph is the _____ son of Jacob.
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In this article, we will continue to reference the Bible through all our discussion.
On the fourth day, God created the lights in the sky
Then God commanded, “Let lights appear in the sky to separate day from night and to show the time when days, years and religious festivals begin; they will shine in the sky to give light to the earth”, and it was done. So God made two larger lights, the sun to rule over the day and the moon to rule over the night; he also made the stars. He placed the lights on the earth to shine on the earth, to rule over the day and night and to separate light from darkness. And God was pleased with what he saw. Evening passed and morning came; that was the fourth day.
Genesis 1: 14-19
From the above passage, it is certain that every light you will ever see on the sky was created from God’s powerful command. This command also states that:
These two lights will always separate day from night in obedience to God’s command.
God’s action on this fourth day also gave the basis for calendar; as days, years and religious festivals can now be manipulated and calculated.
On the fifth day, God created every kind of living beings, sea monsters and creatures found in water. He also made the air to be filled with every kind of birds on the fifth day
Then God commanded “Let the water be filled with many kinds of living beings, and let the air be filled with birds. So God created the great sea monsters, all kinds of creatures that live in the water, and all kinds of birds. And God was pleased with what he saw. He blessed them all and told the creatures that live in the water to reproduce and to fill the sea, and he told the birds to increase in number. Evening passed and morning came; that was the fifth day.
Genesis 1: 20-23
Notice the power of God’s command once again on the fifth day. The waters obeyed by bringing forth every kind of living beings, sea monsters and creatures. The air obeyed by bringing forth all kinds of birds.
God did something that will neither make the waters lack living creatures nor the air lack birds and that’s his blessings.
God spoke to these creatures by blessing them with a constant increase through reproduction.
Note: Before we look into the events of the sixth day, let’s understand that the bible has two versions of man’s creation. You can read the second version of man’s creation from the soil in Genesis 2:7
On the six day, God made the earth produce every form of animal life. God also created human beings, male and female on the six day
Then God Commanded, “Let the earth produce all kinds of animal life: domestic and wild, large and small” and it was done. So God made them all and he was pleased with all he saw. Then God said, “And now we will make human beings; they will be like us and resemble us. They will have power over the fish, the birds and all animals, domestic and wild, large and small. So God created human beings making them to be like himself. He created them male and female, blessed them and said, “Have many children, so that your descendants will live all over the earth and bring it under their control. I am putting you in charge of the fish, the birds and all the wild animals. I have provided all kinds of grain and all kind of fruits for you to eat; but for all the wild animals, I have provided grass and leafy plants for food” and it was done. God looked at everything he had made and he was very pleased. Evening passed and morning came; that was the sixth day.
Genesis 1: 24-31
Notice that after God had made the earth produce every kind of animals, the bible recorded that God was pleased with all he saw. In fact on each day of creation, he was always pleased with what he saw.
Note: After God made human beings, male and female, the bible recorded that God was VERY pleased with what he saw.
Just before God made human beings, he didn’t give any command this time around, instead he said:
And now, WE will make human beings; they will be like US and resemble US.
From the above, we can conclude that God was not alone all through this time of creation. He had some other persons with him; and these persons share his nature since God said “they will be like US and resemble US”.
Note: In another article, I will write about these persons that share the same nature with God.
Notice that when God created other living creatures, He spoke the what had been created (for instance, land, water and air).
The creation of humans but God is clearly unique in the sense that God spoke directly to Himself.
God made human beings the masters of all his creation including the earth.
God blessed all his creatures including human being; and made provision for all they will ever need to survive on earth.
You may also have noticed that God provided grass and leafy plants for the wild animals.
With regards to the above paragraph, one important question is:
Does a lion or tiger or leopard eat grass at this very moment?
To answer the above question, at the moment, the answer is NO.
The truth is: "at the time of creation", all wild animals ate leafy plants. It is therefore right and logical to say that something must have brought about this change from the change in diet (leafy plants to flesh) by the wild animals. The cause of this change is on those whom had been given the responsibility to be master of all God’s creature and these happens to be human beings (in the person of Adam and Eve).
The very moment Adam and Eve sinned against God by disobeying him in the Garden of Eden, chaos and disorderliness were introduced into the earth.
It is important to state that the consequences of the disobedience of Adam and Eve goes beyond the eating habit and diet of the wild animals (that is, from grass to flesh).
Remember that when God made his creation, there was neither suffering nor pain.
Suffering and the pains of child birth are also some of the other consequences of Adam and Eve’s Disobedience.
Note: All bible references are taken from the Good News Bible.
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Amazing facts in CRS
There are a total of 188 named women in the Bible
Mahershalalhashbaz is the longest word in the Bible
The shortest verse of the Bible is John 11:35. It reads:
The longest verse in the bible is Esther 8:9. It reads:
Then were the king’s scribes called at that time in the third month, that is, the month Sivan, on the three and twentieth day thereof; and it was written according to all that Mordecai commanded unto the Jews, and to the lieutenants, and the deputies and rulers of the provinces which are from India unto Ethiopia, an hundred twenty and seven provinces, unto every province according to the writing thereof, and unto every people after their language, and to the Jews according to their writing, and according to their language
The last word in the Bible is 'Amen'.
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen
The shortest verse in the bible is found in John chapter 11 verse 35. It reads:
If you translate 'Jesus' from Hebrew directly to English, the correct translation will be 'Joshua'. The name Jesus was actually a translation from Hebrew, to Greek, to Latin and finally, English
NOTABLE POINTS IN CRS
Joseph (in the old testament of the bible) is the 11th son of Jacob out of 12 brothers. He is so loved by his father because he was born when his father was in his old age. When his brothers saw that their father loved him more than any of them, they hated the young innocent boy (Joseph). Meanwhile, his dad made a special coat for him.
According to the Bible (Genesis 37), Joseph is a dreamer boy (and also an excellent interpreter of dreams). This gift of his further made him an object of envy and hate among his brothers.
Out of envy, his brothers decided to kill him but God saved his life through one of them named Reuben. Reuben is the firstborn of Jacob's 12 children.
By looks, Joseph is a handsome young man and Potipher’s wife could not take her seductive eyes off him. She made a series of sexual advances to Joseph but he clearly refused her in all the attempts she had made. Joseph showed discipline and fear of the Lord during this period of temptation.
After failed attempts to seduce Joseph, she finally got hold of a piece of Joseph’s garment when Joseph ran away from her sexual seduction. She became furious, perhaps afraid that Joseph might report her to Potipher, her husband. She therefore lied to Potipher that Joseph attempted to seduce her and she ran away grabbing a piece of Joseph’s clothing. She showed Potipher the cloth as a proof of her lies. For this reason, Potipher imprisoned Joseph.
Joseph had always prospered every where he found himself, and the prison is not an exception. Even in the prison, the warden promoted him by putting him in charge of all the prisoners.
Below are some qualities of Joseph that made him a great leader in Egypt:
Discipline: Joseph had every chance to commit sin with the King’s wife when he was tempted. However, because he had discipline over his body, he said no and eventually had himself imprisoned.
Faithfulness: Joseph is a man of great faith. He believed completely in God and would rather suffer his body than to gratify it in adultery.
He also proved his faith in Potipher’s business, showing that he can be trusted.
Please read on Consequences of Adam and Eve's Unfaithfulness here
Humility: Even though he was the 11th child of his father’s old age, he remained humble to his brothers when they hated him. His humility is one virtue that made him a great leader in Egypt.
Gracious: Joseph was gracious to his brothers who betrayed him. He showed compassion and mercy in their time of greatest need. He gave them food and forgave them during the time of severe famine.
Selfless: He gave his time to the service of others, interpreting dreams and helping them to successfully manage their affairs. This made him promoted in every situation he found himself, whether as a slave, a prisoner or a free man.
Our world will change for the better the moment we start accepting suffering; while also practically assisting and praying for those who suffer.
The beauty of Jesus' suffering is the many that will be saved by his blood.
Edison made 1,000 unsuccessful attempts at inventing the light bulb.
I don't believe I have special talents, I have persistence. After the first failure, second failure, third failure, I kept trying.
Carlo Rubbia, Nobel price winning physicist
Great success is built on failure, frustration, even catastrophy.
Think about the suffering a woman in labour would pass through but after that comes the bigger joy of seeing her baby.
According to the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP);
Pain is defined as an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage.
Pain is a sign that something unpleasant is about to happen, is happening or had happened. It creates a memory to avoid facing another future (similar) danger. For instance, think of 'a baby and a fire'. The baby touched the fire previously and got hurt. Now when he encounters the fire, he won’t touch it.
As we grow, we experience different forms of suffering, some of which will define our destiny. Consider this instance of a legendary footballer below:
Christiano Ronaldo is a footballer who had achieved greatness because he spent extra hours on trainings, fitness and hard-work. We can see the efforts of his work on the pitch. If he had gone about drinking, trying to avoid the stress and suffering of trainings, he may not have become what he is.
Also, students suffer sleepless nights to get good grades.
Without suffering and pains, we would not properly understand the true meanings of love, joy, faith, hope, contentment, perseverance and victory. All of these things happen because of suffering.