Carder, Chapter 5 Overview: The Divine Image Distorted

 

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

How would you summarize the information in this chapter in one or more sentences?

What statement by Bishop Carder really spoke to your mind or heart as very important for us to understand and remember?

RESOURCES

This discussion is on a chapter from Living Our Beliefs: The United Methodist Way, by Kenneth Carder (Nashville: Discipleship Resources, 2009). This book is available from Cokesbury.com, Amazon.com and other sources.

 

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3 Responses to Carder, Chapter 5 Overview: The Divine Image Distorted

  1. Deborah Johnston says:

    Page 63, Bishop Carder states ” human beings have betrayed the covenant, broken the relationship, and followed other gods.” These little gods that were identified back in Chapter 2. Some of them so subtle that we can barely recognize them in our current culture.We sin. However, our distorted image of God can only be corrected by restoring the covenant relationship with God. God initiated. Sin is never the last word, according to Bishop Carder,page 72.There is power in this knowledge and acceptance of the Grace of God.

  2. George Newton says:

    Discussion Questions:
    1. All humankind share in a broken world dominated by sin which distorts the Image of God.
    2. “According to the psychiatrist, assuming that psychotherapy and medicine can cure every human ailment ignores and leaves untreated mankind’s most serious problem–sin.” To ignore sin in our lives is to ignore God and sets us up in direct competition.

  3. Lori Nimke says:

    1. In choosing to be God of our life we in actuality are choosing sin, bondage, destruction of our lives and the lives of others. We tend to believe in the idea of self being somewhere in the middle and we tend to console one-another down that pathway, when instead we could choose to glance at the Word of God and to live with conviction of spirit.

    2. “Created to live in conventional fidelity with the Triune God, human beings have betrayed the covenant, broken the relationship, and followed other gods. Made to live in freedom, we are enslaved by addictions and habits that distort the image of the God of liberation.

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