In order to have intrinsic meaning or purpose that is REAL a thing needs a designer. A hammer, for example, does not decide to be a hammer. Rather an inventor crafted neutral objects together and then declared the purpose of the new creation. It is a hammer. It is meant to put nail into boards.
As most theologians regularly acknowledge, the doctrine of the fall of man is quite complicated and mysterious. The root question boils down to this: If mankind was created good and not inclined to evil, then how could he choose to do other than what is good?
In our culture we like to debate and force others to see it from “our point of view.” The Bible is not open to our point of view. Either your point of view is in line with the Bible, or your point of view is wrong. The Bible is NEVER wrong.
From time to time, people make the erroneous assumption that because Connect 316 embraces theological convictions that are not Calvinistic, we must somehow favor sowing discord and causing conflict. Of course, that’s not the way we see things at all.
This is the full debate video over which soteriological view is taught in Romans 9. Professor Leighton Flowers defends a non-Calvinistic Southern Baptist perspective and Dr. James White defends the Calvinistic perspective.
Before our church had air conditioning, the pew racks held handheld fans with pictures of Jesus looking over Jerusalem. And we also had His original picture hanging on the sanctuary wall. Rumor said it was passed down from John the Baptist.