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Porsche M NormanCWV 101October 5, 2017Matt HamptonGospel EssentialsIntroductionThis paper will attempt to assess and explain my understanding of the essential elementsof the Christian worldview and the impact that this has on my personal worldview. Using courseresources, and outside resources, I will address the Christian worldview of God, humanity, Jesus,and restoration. I will conclude this paper with an analysis and a reflection on the Christianworldview, and how it impacts my daily life. GodWhat is God Like?The basis of the Christian faith or worldview is that God is sovereign, the ultimate reality,the source of wisdom and understanding. The Bible states that “In the beginning, God created theheavens and the Earth”.(Genesis 1:1 NLT) “God the creator existed before his creation and is therefore sovereign, having supreme authority and absolute power over all things.”(Lecture 1). Genesis 1:1 states It is because of this that Christians believe that God is ultimate reality. Proverbs 9:10-11 says that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding. For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life
shall be increased”. It is because of this that Christians see God as the ultimate source of wisdomand understanding. “And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good…”. (Genesis 1:31 NLT) It is because of this that Christians should believe that there is good in everything created by God and that everything can be used for God’s intended purpose. What are God’s Characteristics?Based on scripture alone, God has more characteristics that cannot be covered in thispaper; but, overall, God is Holy (Isaiah 6:3 NLT). God is also characterized as being merciful(Ephesians 2:4-5 NLT), gracious (Ephesians 2:8-9 NLT), LOVE (1John 4:8 NLT), omnipotent(Jeremiah 10:12 NLT), a redeemer (Isaiah 59:20 NLT), a refuge (Psalm 62:8 NLT), patient (2Peter 3:9 NLT), light (1 John 1:5 NLT), and the creator (Genesis 1:1, Isaiah 20:28 NLT). God isattributed to be purely loving and compassionate, but according to Exodus 20:5 God is a jealousGod, and in Nahum 1:2 God is not only a jealous God but a vengeful and angry God as well. “…He knows everything and thereby created evil, both natural and man-made, God cannot bedepicted, to be [purely] loving and compassionate… The world was created exactly as Godintended it to be, including all that we consider good or bad…” (Payn, 2016)What is His Creation?The early chapters of Genesis provide a key biblical foundation for how Christians viewthe very nature of reality, including the ultimate purpose and goal of human life on earth.(Harlow, 2008) We have learned that the Christian faith is based largely on the Nicene Creed;which states that “We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth,of all that is, seen and unseen…” This belief is based on the accounting of Genesis 1:1; that is,“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth”. The rest of Genesis 1 and 2 is a