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When examining the Fall of Man as well as his salvation through Jesus Christ, how about examining it through the literary perspective of a frame story? A different way to look at it, eh? It makes for an interesting frame, seeing that notable figures such as Abraham, Jacob, Joseph, Noah, David, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Daniel, etc. were condemned to hell before Jesus Christ went down to hell himself and freed them from original sin through His death. Thus, the frame story comes full circle as evidenced by these words of the Nicene Creed:Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord,Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost,Born of the Virgin Mary,Suffered under Pontius Pilate,Was crucified, dead, and buried:He descended into hell;The third day he rose again from the dead.
"Literary perspective" is the way narratives of literature may be studied and analyzed from differing critical and cultural approaches, for example, from the critical approach of feminism or the cultural approach examining social and political practices. Examining the Fall from a cultural approach might mean analyzing text for indications of power and dominance. Examining it from a literary criticism ("critical") approach might mean analyzing text for formalistic structuralism.
The Bible is the foundation for most modern literature. We use allusions and biblical themes over and over again, because they represent the foundation of our humanity. The prodigal son, the fall from grace, the fight between good and evil and sacrifice are all themes seen over and over again.
From a literary perspective, the Bible is God's word. It is written to act as a road map for those interested in using it. The fall happened when Adam and Eve disobeyed God's law.
In the beginning, God made man (Genesis 2:7). He walked with Adam in the cool of the day (Genesis 3:8). He conversed with Adam. He also instructed Adam to eat of all the trees except for the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 2:16-17).
Eve was tempted by the serpent, which represents Satan or the Devil. The serpent told Eve a literary story. He told her that she would not die is she ate of the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil (Genesis 3).
Eve believed the serpent and ate of the fruit. She also coaxed Adam to do the same. Adam ate too (Genesis 3). From that moment, the two of them began dying.
Jesus Christ represents the second Adam. He came to earth in the form of a man. He lived a pure life without sin. He obeyed God, his father, in every aspect. He was crucified as a sacrifice for mankind to be reconnected to God.
After Jesus arose from the dead, the plan of salvation was complete. Now mankind can be reconnected to God by accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9).
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