God's four commands

The big four

Introduction here. God's basic instructions.

Command 1 - Multiply

First command when God created humans.

'So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, Be fruitful and incease in number; fill the earth and subdue it.' (Genesis 1:27-28)

Population explosion.

Command 2 - Rule the earth

Second command.

'God said, Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the features that move along the ground ... God blessed them and said to them, Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every livingceature that moves on the ground. Then God said, I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it.' (Genesis1:26)

For this to happen, requires a clean environment, respecting nature.

Command 3 - Love God

Nation of Israel.

Command 4 - Love others


Institutions to facilitate

To facilitate the way we living out these basic commands daily life, God has established three three basic institutions:

  • FAMILY. sdsd
  • GOVERNMENT. dfsdf
  • CHURCH. feeds

Things not going right

Fertility decline in U.S. All about me. All institutions under attack.

Conscience guides us

What is conscience?

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Spirit for dealing with God, conscience for dealing with people.

Conscience for people who don't have God's law.

Not necessarily Christian


Moral law

Something becomes obvious as we move beyond science (how does it work?) and begin to study theology (who made it, and why?).
We see that our world is more than just physical phenomenon. In it we find the concept of right and wrong, springing from an intuitive universal sense of good and evil.
This knowledge comes from somewhere outside of nature, and above nature, because nature is violent, survival of the fittest.
We recognize a MORAL LAW, operating by spiritual design as surely as gravity operates by physical design.
For example, if A pushes B off the curb into traffic, B will immediately want to know if A’s action was intentional or accidental. If intentional, there would be something wrong with B’s behavior. Not physically wrong, but morally wrong.
It is not wrong if A pushes B by accident, even though B gets hurt. But it is wrong if A pushes B on purpose, even though B doesn’t get hurt. This kind of right-and-wrong thinking is built right into us.
Not only does our conscience tell us what wrong things NOT to do, but it also tells us what right things TO do.
If we were animals or machines, it would be meaningless to speak of good and evil. We don’t accuse animals for attacking one another or computers for criminal behavior. But for us, good and evil is the major human problem.
Evil is not a quality but rather lack or privation of a quality.
It's like rot, rust and wounds. If you take all the bad out of something, it becomes better. If you take all the good out, nothing is left. For example, if you take all the rot out of a tree, it's a better tree. If you take all the good out, there is no tree.

Garden of Eden

Tree was knowledge of good and evil. Man became a moral creature, knowing good and evil. No sin before this knowledge, tho probably human social rules.

Good and evil


Is violating conscience a sin?

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Related to knowledge

Conscience is coupled with knowledge. The more knowledge we have, the more sensitive the conscience. Complex modern life. No sin if no law or knowledge. No sin if ignorance.

Conscience spawns religions


People start making rules.


Don't know unless God tells us. Believe Bible.

Christianity is different

God reaching to man

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  • First encounter with God. The Garden of Eden is the first time and place that man encounters God.
  • First law. God gives his first commandment (law) to man, very clear and simple.
  • First culpable sin. Man commits the first sin for which there is accountability and punishment, a clear violation of God's law, with intent to become like god. There was no guilt before the law.
  • First punishment. Man is punished for his sin by being denied access to eternal life.
  • First marriage. Man and woman are united as one flesh in marriage.
  • First promise. Satan's punishment contained a promise about Jesus, who would come as Savior.
  • First themes. This Eden story introduces the major themes of Christianity, to be understood later from the life and teachings of Jesus.
  • First theology. This story raises controversial issues about basic Christian theology – as the difference between spiritual death and final death, between original sin and sin nature – which can only be resolved by careful study of New Testament scriptures.