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May 20, 2010

Basic Christian Themes & Elements

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The following is a general list of themes and elements found in Sacred Scripture and other Christian documents. The purpose of listing these here is to link various Bible passages through their symbols. This is only meant to be a listing – explanations of their meanings will be left to other pages at a later time. The themes and elements themselves are listed in alphabetic order with no greater importance placed on one over another.

NOTE: There will be duplicate entries whenever a passage applies to multiple themes.


Covenant

Listed in this section are explicit references to covenants, or agreements, usually between God and his people.

  • Ex 19:3-6
  • Ex 24:3-8
  • Lk 22:20
  • 1 Cor 11:25

Fruitbearing

Fruitbearing is a major theme running throughout the Bible, the message being that all good works are of God. When man does something on his own, the result is usually unfavorable, and this is often characterized by “barren” soil; however, when man acts in accordance with God’s will, the act is “fruitful”.

  • Gn 3:17-19 God curses the ground when Adam sinned so that man must work for his food.
  • Gn 4:1 Eve produced a child with the help of the Lord.
  • Gn 4:11-14 God curses the ground when Cain sinned, a severe punishment for a farmer.
  • Mt 7:15-20

Good Works

Entries for the ‘Good Works’ section are akin to those for ‘Fruitbearing’ above, and indeed these may be combined at some point. The main difference in my mind at the time of this writing is that Fruitbearing has more to do with the work itself, doing the will of God, and the outcome as expressed in literary terms, whereas Good Works has more to do with addressing the issue Sola Fide, the doctrine that upholds that faith is all that is needed for salvation and thus refusing to heed God’s call to do his will is not in any way a stumbling block to said salvation despite the fact that the original sin was an deliberate act of prideful disobedience.

  • Gn 4:7 Good works help you avoid sin.
  • Lk 7:36-50 Love, shown here through the service of the woman, is an expression of true faith and a response to forgiveness.
  • Mt 7:21-23 Doing acts in the name of the Lord is not enough. You must lead a holy life in accordance with God’s will.

Human Relationships

younger/older, last/first, male/female

  • Gn 1:26-28 Male and female He created them.
  • Gn 4:3-5 The sacrifice of the younger brother, Abel, was favored over that of the older, Cain.

Light & Darkness

  • Gn 1:2-25 God created light and separated it from darkness. This marked the days. Specific lights were created.

Natural Elements

There are many references to natural elements throughout the Scriptures. Words to look for include ground, land, dirt, sand, clay, water, fire and wind. Note that wind can also be translated as breath or spirit, so some instances of those words will be included here as well.

  • Gn 1:2 The wind/spirit swept over the waters.
  • Gn 1:5-30 Land and water are referenced several times during the creation story.
  • Gn 2:1-6 The land needed watering and the soil tilling. The water covered the ground, which led to life.
  • Gn 2:7 Man was formed from clay.
  • Gn 3:17-19 God curses the ground when Adam sinned so that man must work for his food.
  • Gn 3:19 You are dust/dirt and to dust/dirt you shall return.
  • Gn 4:10 The Abel’s blood cried out from the ground.
  • Gn 4:11-14 God curses the ground when Cain sinned, a severe punishment for a farmer.

Numbers

Repentence

Protestants and other non-Catholics, especially those who are anti-Catholic, attack the Sacrament of Reconciliation, often drawing a line between repentence and penance. It is not a valid argument, since the sacrament includes both of these elements, the former necessarily coming before the latter. Moreover, acts of penance are driven by a forgiven heart to strengthen the penitent, not a “payment” to atone for sin.

  • Lk 18:9-14 The tax collector was heartily sorry and humbly repented.

Sacrificial Elements

Wine, meat, fat, grains, bread, flesh and blood.

  • Gn 4:3-4 The sacrifices of Cain & Abel.
  • Gn 4:10 The Abel’s blood cried out from the ground.

Walking With God

Being in the friendship of God, or not.

  • Gn 4:14 Cain must avoid God’s presence.

Footnotes


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