Catholic Christianity-Creation and humanity

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  • Catholic Christianity-Beliefs (1.3)
    • Creation and humanity
      • The creation accounts are significant because they set out what God intended for humanity
      • Dominion-humans having power over creation-superior to rest of creation
        • Humans cannot do what they please with the world it must be looked after the way God wants them to
        • "...Rule over the fish...the birds... over all the creatures that move along the ground"-Genesis
        • "He crested male and female...He put them in charge of his creatures..."-Genesis
      • Stewardship-Humans have responsibility to look after creation-job to look after world ,God commands us to take care of the environment
        • We have a responsibility to equally share out Gods resources
        • "Then the lord God placed the man in the garden of Eden to cultivate it and guard it"-Genesis
        • "God entrusted the earth and its resources to the common stewardship of mankind to take care of them"-CCC
        • God gave the earth  as a gift to mankind therefore we must preserve it for future generations
      • IMAGO DEI-image of God in Latin
        • Although humans are not divine(God like) they possess a relationship with God which is different to other creatures
        • Being created in Gods image gives humans worthiness because they reflect something about Gods nature
          • "God created man in his own image"-Genesis
        • What does imago Dei mean for humans?
          • Humans are rational-given intelligence and are capable of making decisions
          • Humans have free will-humans are meant to use their ability to choose what's right not wrong so therefore imitate God-Genesis 3 illustrates the misuse of free will(Adam eve & apple)
            • "You may eat from the fruit of any tree in the garden except the tree that gives knowledge of what I good and what is bad"-Genesis
          • Humans have a conscience-Voice of God within an individual-Voice of God cannot be mistaken
            • "His conscience is man's secret core...there he is alone with God whose voice echoes in his depths"-Gaudium et spes
          • Humans can relate to God-potential to enter a relationship with God who created them
            • "Of all the visible creatures, only man is able to know and love his creator"-CCC
          • Humans can give and receive love-God is a community of persons who give and receive love to one another - can only reach true potential when we give and recieve love
          • Humans are answerable to God- God has authority over human beings - he can punish us
            • "But you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die"


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