Patricia Hofer

Christianity’s unique gift

The ancient wisdom recorded in the second and third chapters of Genesis is written from a different perspective than Genesis’ first chapter. And yet, in his simple allegorical style, the second writer offers a creation account that pictures a very complex relationship—one where the spirit of God breathes a “living soul” into a creature drawn from “the dust of the ground” (KJ 2:7).

This birthright of two natures, earth and spirit, immediately gets Adam and Eve into trouble, as it does all of us. Genesis’ second and third chapters illustrate clearly why ours is necessarily a journey of salvation—a rescuing from the “the miry clay” of our inadequacies and natural desires (Ps. 40:2).

God answered the human cry for help by sending His Son. Christ knows our weaknesses. Jesus walked the earth not only as the Son of God but as the Son of Man. He was “in all points tempted like as we are” (KJ Heb. 4:15). We are right now in the immediate and compassionate and forgiving presence of our Lord. That’s what Christianity is about. And that’s why we call him Saviour.

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