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2018. Spring. Wk 4.2

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Bernard Ayoola

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Transcript of 2018. Spring. Wk 4.2

The Human Condition
What Human Beings Need
That I am not my own,
but belong -
body and soul,
in life and death
to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ
Week 4, Pt. 2

He has fully paid for all my sins
with his precious blood,
and has set me free
from the tyranny of the devil.
He also watches over me in such a way
that not a hair can fall from my head
without the will of my Father in heaven;
in fact, all things must work together
for my salvation

How do unbelievers explain the human misery?

What does the HC determine is the root cause of our misery?
Human Misery
The Heidelberg Catechism is not talking particularly about feeling miserable. It is talking instead about the unhappy fact that we are in a miserable condition whether we feel it or not (Plantinga, 22)
Q: How do you come to know your misery?
A: The law of God tells me.
Because I belong to him,
Christ, by his Holy Spirit
assures me of eternal life
and makes me wholeheartedly willing
and ready
from now on
to live for him

Heidelberg Catechism
Safety, belonging, and mattering are essential to your brain and your ability to perform at work, at home, and in life overall. The greater the feeling of safety, both emotional and physical so we can take risks; the greater the feeling of connection with others, or the feeling that we’re in this together and we belong together; the greater the feeling that we personally matter and make a difference and are contributing to the greater good; then the greater the success of the company, the relationship, the family, the team, the individual (Comaford, "The Three Things All Humans Crave")
Lord's Day 2
Part I: Misery (Q3 - 11)
(Ger. "Elend"): "being out of one's native land, banished from one's country ... the word carries the associated meanings of 'misery,' 'loneliness,' 'distress,' wretchedness,' and poverty.'" (Klooster, A Mighty Comfort, 17)

(Ger. "Trost"): "consolation, "solace, Comfort, a sense of relief, satisfaction or fulfillment.
Our misery is exacerbated by loss of fellowship with God:
we know our predicament from the law of God (A. 3)
We fell into this predicament by sinning in Adam (A. 7)
Our misery is so great that unless we are given a new life we are eternally doomed (A. 11)
What is your only comfort in life and death?

So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life
(Genesis 3: 23-24).
The Human Misery
Q&A 1-25
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