Sample Religious Studies Essay Paper on Four Realities of Human Nature That We Can See In the Garden of Eden

1. What are the four realities of human nature that we can see in the Garden of Eden?

  1. Envy
  2. Self-obsessiveness
  3. Flightiness
  4. Passive Aggression

2. The Bible says we sin in one of four ways. Please list the scripture and a brief explanation of the meaning of the text.

The scripture is Matthew 5:21-22. The text names four ways through which we can sin, these are murder, angry, abusing, and cursing. The text first acknowledges the sixth commandment given to Moses ‘You shall not commit murder.’ The text then deciphers actions that could result in murder. The first is being angry at someone. This could lead to committing murder. Anger on its part is caused by either of or both abusing and cursing. The text tries to show that murder is a result of a string of actions including abusing, cursing, and anger. As such, avoiding murder will involve avoiding anger, abuse, and curses.   

3. What are the four benefits of Scriptures, according to 2 Tim. 3:16, 17?

  1. Profitable for teaching
  2. Profitable for reproof
  3. Profitable for correction
  4. Profitable for instruction in righteousness

4. What are the four sources of authority identified within the New Testament that leads us to believe that the Lord implied there was a closed canon?

  1. The Old Testament Scripture
  2. The Words of Jesus
  3. The Interpretations of the Apostles
  4. The Writings of the Apostles and Their Associates

5. Sin can be defined as missing the mark.

6. Would you please describe how we can learn the revelation of God’s will according to the explanation Paul gives in Eph. 3? Be sure to list each individual step mentioned in the text and discussed in class discussion.

Paul outlines how he received his revelation of the mystery that the Gentiles should be fellow-heirs and partakers of the promise of Christ. He was first a beneficiary of the dispensation of the grace of God. Then he secondly received the revelation of the mystery which he wrote about. Paul then outlines how we can understand this mystery of Christ. He postulates three steps to help in doing this: receiving the grace of God, reading the writings of his fellow apostles and prophets, and understanding the readings. Firstly, the grace of God brings salvation and allows one to have access to God and the things of God. Secondly, reading the revelation given to the apostles and prophets enables to see and learn what they saw and knew. Thirdly, understanding enables one to correctly apply what they have read.    

7. Please describe the events in Acts 2. Here are some “thought-prods” given in the study sheet. This should be answered completely. (Specifically, when the Jews asked Peter what they should do, describe the action Peter enunciated and the reason for the action. In addition, what was the result of the conversation?)

Acts 2 provides an account of the coming of the Holy Spirit who was promised by Jesus Christ. After the Holy Spirit came and all the apostles were filled they began to speak with other tongues. This happening attracted a multitude. Some people were perplexed by this phenomenon while others mocked them saying they were drunk. Peter then stood up and explained what had happened to them before preaching to the multitude. The words of Peter cut the people to the heart prompting them to ask what they should do.

Peter advises them to repent and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins. The reason for this action was for them to be able to receive the promised gift of the Holy Spirit. The result of this conversation was about three thousand people being added to the believers; they repented and were baptized.

8. Please discuss how we should look upon the commands of God. What should a person do if he/she realizes that their actions differ from the teachings of the Bible?

The commands of God are holy and should be looked upon as more important than food because they are life and health to those who keep them. Secondly, God’s commands are not burdensome. If someone realizes that their actions differ from the teachings of the Bible, he/she should confess and repent. Then he/she should ask God to help them in keeping His commands. Ezekiel explains in his 36th chapter and 27th verse that God would put His Spirit in you and cause you to walk in His statutes and keep His commands and do them.