In the Christian religion, like many others, the belief in a single, ultimate, powerful being is upheld and practiced. However, unlike other monotheistic religions, the Christian belief in God is expressed in three parts: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. This aspect of Christianity is very unique and is part of what defines it. Although some people may think so, God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are not three separate beings. They are united as one in the Trinity, the same all-powerful God. God is the creator of all and the reason for our salvation as humans. “On the Incarnation” by St. Athanasius is a book explaining the Trinity and the process by which our Savior, Jesus Christ the Son, was revealed to us and how he redeemed us.
In the first chapters of “On the Incarnation”, St. Athanasius discusses the creation of humanity (and all other things). Another point of discussion in the first pages of this book is the fall of humanity and the foundation of our need for salvation. “In regard to the making of the universe and the creation of all things there have been various opinions, and...some say that all things are self-originated and, so to speak, haphazard.” (Athanasius 2) There are many different viewpoints describing Creation, but all are contradictory to the fact that the world and all things in it were created by the Word of God. (Athanasius 3) Evidence of this is demonstrated by the intricate order of all things. Every creature, every plant, every human has a purpose and place in nature. Even inanimate, unintelligent matter functions naturally and sustains itself along with other things transitively. God created Adam and Eve in His image and with creation came their original holiness. They lived in harmony with God ...
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...s 33) In fact, it would make sense to become human, the very thing that is in need of salvation in the first place. The sun need not be saved, nor the grass or insects that walk peacefully upon it.
In conclusion, the Incarnation was a direct road leading to our salvation through Jesus’ teachings, through His death and then through His resurrection. Jesus continues to administer his saving work upon us everyday as part of the Holy Trinity, one with God in heaven. Christ makes himself known to all, no matter the circumstance. Through the Incarnation our sins were absolved and death was defeated. We are able now to continue after earthly life to the kingdom of heaven to live forever with God.
St. Athanasius. On the Incarnation. Grand Rapids, MI: Christian Classics Ethereal Library, n.d. Web.
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