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Ariel CrawfordCWV 101 April 25 2015Peter Rasor Topic Five-Gospel Essentials EssayFor thousands of years humans have pondered life's big questions. How did we get here? What is our purpose? Who or what created our universe? Is there an afterlife? Can we ever escape the pain and suffering of the world or are we doomed to live unfulfilled lives? Many great thinkers across different disciplines have tried to answer these questions. Famous minds like Plato, Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, Saint Augustine, Kant, Voltaire and even America's founding fathers all explored these vital questions. The universal appeal of these questions attests to their importance but has also resulted ina wide array of answers many of which conflict with on another. The Christian worldview, unlike others, is both completely clear and consistent when grappling with these questions. GodIt is difficult for humans to ever fully understand God as his greatness is beyond comprehension. However, we do know about many different parts of God. The Old Testament fathers, prophets and Jesus all describe God in different parts of the gospel. Psalm 145 describes God as righteousness, compassionate, faithful and mighty. His rule over creation leads us to know that God is sovereign. God is also wise and the keeper of wisdom. In Romans 11:33 Paul explains this by saying, “Oh, how great are God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand His decisions and His ways!” Finally, John 4:8 tells us about God's unconditional love when it says, "Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love."Our entire universe and everything within it is God's creation. This means outer space, allof the planets; suns, moon, asteroids, stars and other celestial beings are a part of Gods creation. The creation narrative in Genesis pays special attention to the creation of the earth. The earth itself as well as all of the plants and animals that inhabit earth are a part of God's creation. Humanity is often referred to as the pinnacle of creation. ("Origins") This is because God made humanity with purpose, free will and in his own image. HumanityHuman nature is complex but has two main aspects of importance to the ChristianWorldview. The first important part is that humans are created in God's own image. The second is that human nature in sinful because of Adam and Eve's actions in the Garden ofEden. Adam and Eve wanted to be as powerful and as wise as God. Instead of respecting