This is the fourth piece of art for our series “We Believe.” You can see the explanation to the entire series here.
4.) THE FALL:
We believe that Adam, who was created in the image of God, distorted that image for himself and all his offspring by giving into Satan’s temptation and sinning against the Creator God. As a result, all human beings choose sin and are alienated from God, corrupted in every aspect of their being, and are condemned to death apart from God’s own gracious intervention.
This is a 4 panel print carved into linoleum. Each panel represents a different aspect of The Fall. Moving clockwise from the top left: Adam’s hand grasping the fruit God commanded man and woman not to eat. Next to the fruit is the serpent, Satan, tempting Adam and Eve to go against God, their Creator. In our choosing sin we are separated from God – represented by the finger of God in the bottom right, demanding our removal from his presence. In the final panel the consequence of death is depicted by the human skull.
Each of the four panels is connected to one another through a section of the blood-red cross in the middle. Sacrificial blood radiates out from the center of the cross as it moves across the panels. Apart from God’s gracious intervention through the shedding of blood in the death of His Son, these four panels are the end of the story. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ. (Ephesians 2:4-5)
Artist: Vince Black