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“The Biblical position is clear — man cannot be explained as totally determined and conditioned — a position that built the concept of the dignity of man.  People today are trying to hang on to the dignity of man, and they do not know how to because they have lost the truth that man is made in the image of God.  He was an unprogrammed man, a significant man in a significant history, and he could change history.”

Francis A. Schaeffer, Escape from Reason

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“We cannot deal with people like human beings, we cannot deal with them on the high level of true humanity, unless we really know their origin–who they are.  God tells man who he is.  God tells u that he created man in his image.  So man is something wonderful . . .

The Bible says that you are wonderful because you are made in the image of God, but that you are flawed because, at a space-time point of history, man fell. The Reformation man knew that man was going to hell  because of revolt against God.  But the Reformation man and the people who, following the Reformation, built the culture of Northern Europe knew that, while man is morally guilty before the God who exists, he is not nothing.  Modern man tends to think that he is nothing.  These people knew that they were the very opposite of nothing because they knew that they were made in the image of God. Even though they were fallen, and, without the non-humanistic solution of Christ and his substitutionary death, would go to hell, this still did not mean that they were nothing.”

Francis A. Schaeffer, Escape from Reason

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They understood that Jesus died on the cross in substitution and as a propitiation in order to save men from their true guilt.  We need to learn that, when we begin to tamper with the scriptural concept of true, moral guilt, whether it be psychological tampering, theological tampering or any other kind of tampering, our view of what Jesus did will no longer be scriptural.  Christ died for a man who had true moral guilt because he had made a real and true choice.

Francis A. Schaeffer, Escape From Reason

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