“A scout is kind. He is a friend to animals. He will not kill nor hurt any living creature needlessly, but will strive to save and protect all harmless life.” Is this a practical application of the teaching in Genesis 1?
If God’s purpose is to make everything good, man’s highest privilege, as well as duty, is to co-operate with him in realizing that purpose. Are men to-day as a whole growing happier and nobler? In what practical ways may a man contribute to the happiness and ennobling of his fellow men?
Is your community growing better? What would be the result if you and others like yourself did your best to improve conditions? If so, how?
Questions for Further Consideration.
Is man’s possession of knowledge and power the ultimate object of creation? If not, what is? Does human experience suggest that man’s life on earth is, in its ultimate meaning, simply a school for the development of individual character and for the perfecting of the human race?
Is there any other practical way in which a man can serve God except by serving his fellowmen? If so, how?
Subjects for Further Study.
(1) The Origin and Content of the Babylonian Stories of Creation.—Hastings, Dictionary of the Bible, 1, 501-7; Kent, Student’s O. T., I, 360-9.
(2) The Relation of the Biblical Story of the Creation to the Babylonian.—Kent, Student’s O. T., I, 369-70.
(3) The Seeming Conflict Between the Teachings of the Bible and Science and the Practical Reconciliation.—Sir Oliver Lodge: Science and Immortality, Section 1.
MAN’S RESPONSIBILITY FOR HIS ACTS.
THE STORY OF THE GARDEN OF EDEN.—Gen. 3.
Hist. Bible, Vol. I,
Drummond, Ideal Life, Chaps. on Sin.
And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food and that it was a delight to the eye, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat; and she gave also unto her husband with her and he did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened and they beard the voice of Jehovah God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of Jehovah God amongst the trees of the garden.—Gen. 3:6-8.
Blessed is the man that endureth temptation; for when he hath been approved, he shall receive a crown of life, which the Lord promised to them that love him. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God; for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempteth no man; but each man is tempted when he is drawn away by his own lust and enticed. Then the lust, when it hath conceived, beareth sin: and the sin, when it is full grown, bringeth forth death.—James 1:12-15.