Reflection Paper Instructions

Choose 1 chapter from chapters 7–12 of the Chou textbook and write a 4–5-page Reflection Paper. This paper must include a summary of the chapter on how the Fall affects that specific area. Then, discuss 3–5 suggestions on how a proper biblical worldview/understanding of the Fall (and Redemption) can practically transform this particular area. These suggestions must be based on specific passages of Scripture.

Submit the Reflection Paper by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of Module/Week 3.

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BIBL 410 REFLECTION PAPER GRADING RUBRIC

CriteriaLevels of Achievement
Content 70% (50 pts)AdvancedProficientDevelopingNot present
Summary23 to 25 points The paper clearly summarizes the chapter chosen from the text book and how the fall of man effects that area.   18 to 22 points The paper adequately summarizes the chapter chosen from the text book and how the fall of man effects that area.  1 to 17 points The paper marginally summarizes the chapter chosen from the text book and how the fall of man effects that area.  0 points The paper does not summarize the chapter chosen from the text book and how the fall of man effects that area.    
Biblical Worldview23 to 25 points The paper discusses 4-5 areas on how a biblical worldview can transform this area (using specific Scripture)18 to 22 points The paper discusses 2-3 areas on how a biblical worldview can transform this area (using specific Scripture)1 to 17 points The paper discusses 1 area on how a biblical worldview can transform this area (does not use specific Scripture)0 points The paper does not discuss areas on how a biblical worldview can transform this area (nor does it use specific Scripture)  
Structure 30% (20 pts)AdvancedProficientDevelopingNot present
Length/Format9 to 10  points Title page included.  At least 4-5 full, double-spaced pages of content (not including title page).  Must include an introduction and a conclusion.  7 to 8 points Title page included.  At least 3 full, double-spaced pages of content (not including title page).  Must include an introduction and a conclusion.1 to 6 points Title page included.  1-2 full, double-spaced pages of content (not including title page).  Missng an introduction or a conclusion.0 points No work submitted
Spelling/Grammar9 to 10 points Logical progression of thought evident.  1-2 spelling/grammar errors. Is there a flow to your paper? Is there a clear thesis?7 to 8 points Logical progression of thought evident.  3-4 spelling/grammar errors. Is there a flow to your paper? Is there a clear thesis?1 to  6 points No Logical progression of thought evident.  5-6 spelling/grammar errors. Is there a flow to your paper? Is there a clear thesis?  0 points No Logical progression of thought evident.  More than 7 spelling/grammar errors. No flow or clear thesis.  

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Human Enterprise after the Fall

Introduction

            The fall happened a long time ago, but it features lasting consequences on people. Humans were seamless before the fall. The fall made man become sinners, thus bringing problems upon their lives. Romans 5: 12 cites that, “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, in this way death spread to all men, because all sinned” (HCSB). The verse depicts that everyone is born sinful. God hates sin hence leading to separation from humankind. The fall is proved through a physical and spiritual death. However, little has been discussed concerning how the fall affects human enterprise. Christians believe that God created the earth and all creatures. He also resolved that his work was perfect (Genesis 1:3, 10, 18, 21, 25, 31). Before Adam and even resented God, they were free from sin. They enjoyed their stay in Eden. They were superior to other creations. After eating the fruit of knowledge, they became sinner hence changing the human enterprise. Three results affected the human enterprise; these results include economic scarcity, communication distortion, and managerial control. The book by Abner Chou, “What Happened in the Garden: The Reality and Ramifications of the Creation and Fall of Man, “shows what happened.

Summary of Chapter

            Communication distortion was the first effect of the fall on the human enterprise. “It is interesting to note that the introduction of sin into God’s creation occurred as mankind was engaged in the enterprise. Adam worked in the enterprise given to him by God: keeping the Garden.”[1]  The statement proves that commination is important in human enterprise. People need communication to exchange ideas, trade and impart to achieve their goals or objectives. We all have directly or indirectly being affected by communication distortion. Everyone can narrate their experiences with distorted communication and how they felt about it. Communication distortions bring emotional suffering. It is imperative to acknowledge that when sin cropped in humans, efficiency in communication was compromised. Statements have become crafty. Information and responses that we get lack conciseness. Moreover, humans are short of logical and critical thinking abilities. Since there is all humans have flaws, communication efforts are also affected. 

            James chapter three attests that the fall of humanity into sin affected communication.

Economic scarcity is the other impact associated with the fall of human enterprise. Genesis evidences before the fall, food and other resources were in plenty. Mankind had the liberty to choose from the many varieties available. The creation account cites that God created plants that would provide food for Adam and Eve. Also, animals were feeding on the plants and other foods. God gave humans all seed-bearing plants which would produce fruits. God pledged to feed humans all animals that occupy the earth. After the fall, the ground was cursed; Adam would toil to grow food in the ground. Genesis 3:17-19 show that God introduced thorns and thistles. As a result, growing and gathering food became hard. Plants were not easy to cultivate like they used to be. The lands become less productive as well. Due to sin, human enterprise became a struggle. Mankind had to sweat to get the scarce resources. [2]Humans were made to live their entire lives fetching and trying to keep enough because food and other resources were not readily available. Life becomes unsustainable after the fall. Earth conditions became harsh for humans to get food to replenish their stock. These tough conditions have resulted in people losing lives. The problem will linger until the end of the world, when God will restore abundance in heaven. We love seeing the fall has caused due to the scarcities experienced today.

Managerial control is the last effect of the fall on the human enterprise. Before the fall, managerial control was inappropriate because mankind was free from sin. Adam and eve submitted to God’s directives. After the fall, God questioned Adam of his sin. God wanted to know why he was hiding and how he recognized he was naked (Genesis 3:8-12). God convicted Adam and eve for allowing serpent deception.[3] As a result, Adam was held accountable for violating God’s instruction. Their sinful deed was exposed. The narration is an indication that all humans are accountable for their actions. As Christians, we should be good stewards and do what God wants. By doing so, managerial control in humans will become obsolete. 

Biblical Worldview Brings Transformation

           Understanding the fall is imperative when defining the biblical worldview. The interrelation of the two conceptions helps Christians learn ways living other people. The bible teaches Christians to be diligent workers so that they can achieve in their endeavors. God denounces recklessness because it affects ambitions. Understanding the fall teaches Christians to become ardent in organizing resources, good communicators, and managers. Even though the world is full of sin, adherents should be obedient and diligent to avoid evil. Ephesians 4:29 would help in the transformation of the human enterprise. As Christians, we should observe utterances because they can have either positive or negative effects on our lives. Even though effective communication was affected after the fall, Christians should devise mechanisms to better their communication to build relations with families, friends, and other colleagues. Good communication signifies the grace of God. Replacing harsh or provocative words with charming and edifying words of the Lord would transform lives, encourage and uplift the troubled. Amiable communication promotes an environment with minimal tension and conflicts.

            People should carefully evaluate the purpose of an endeavor before embarking on it. Luke 14:28-33 teaches Christians how to transform and expand their enterprise. Logic is important before making any decision. God asks his children to become responsible managers and better planners. They should learn from the consequences experienced after the fall. Notably, they should have persistence, faith, and hope because goods things need dedication. Endurance is one trait that God wishes Christians to practice so that they can achieve their goals. Being an honesty and truthful person helps in the transformation of the human enterprise. Christians should live a just life and avoid sin or deception. It cost nothing by following what the Holy Scripture says. Faithful adherents of God will never be put to shame because they will come out victorious and give a testimony. Devoting to God is transformative because one is anchored to good things. Striving to honor God prevents Christians from obstacles or shields the consequences highlighted in the fall. God is genial because he blesses his adherents irrespective of their environments. However, Christians should explore how the fall impacted the human enterprise and continue growing their spirituality. They have to accept that the consequences of the fall will continue until God restores abundance in heaven. Nevertheless, understanding the fall is resourceful for those who want to prevent sin and live righteously. As a result, they will relieve the effects of the fall.  

Bibliography

Chou, Abner. What Happened in the Garden: The Reality and Ramifications of the Creation and

            Fall of Man. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Kregel Academic Publications. Copyright 2016.


[1] Chou, Abner. What Happened in the Garden: The Reality and Ramifications of the Creation and

                Fall of Man. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Kregel Academic Publications. Copyright 2016.

[2] Chou, Abner. What Happened in the Garden: The Reality and Ramifications of the Creation and

                Fall of Man. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Kregel Academic Publications. Copyright 2016.

[3] Chou, Abner. What Happened in the Garden: The Reality and Ramifications of the Creation and

                Fall of Man. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Kregel Academic Publications. Copyright 2016.