This volume, Volume III of the Doorway Paper Series, is both an anthropological and a biblical study of man as a child of Adam and as a child of God. It is a study of human nature and how it can and cannot be changed.
Humans suffer from a fatal disease, inflicted by Adam’s fall in the Garden of Eden. We fell from being made in “the image of God”, to a condition of sin and misery. We can only be redeemed through the Cross. To pretend, as evolution does, that human nature has improved or is capable of improvement by natural means is the worst form of deception.
Once this image is restored by an act of re-creation on God’s part, there begins a new work: the formation of a personality pleasing to God. The result is that a person can be an entirely new creation in Jesus Christ.
Christian conversion is unique. While a person does become a new creation in Christ, he/she is still recognizably the same person. Scripture states quite precisely (using specific terms consistently) what part of our personality is untouched and what part is completely displaced. Custance delineates these parts by engaging the research in psychology, genetics, and anthropology to illumine Scripture without changing Scripture what-so-ever.
The first edition can be read online at https://custance.org/Library/Volume3/index.html
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296 pp, 7 x 10 inch paper back.