DISCUSSION QUESTIONS TOPIC 5 DQ 2 ACCORDING TO THE CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW, HOW DOES ONE GAIN ETERNAL LIFE? USE BIBLE VERSES TO SUPPORT YOUR RESPONSE. HOW DOES THE CHRISTIAN CONCEPT OF HOPE FOR THE AFTERLIFE DIFFER FROM THAT CONCEPT IN OTHER WORLDVIEWS? 5.0 TOPIC 5 DQ 1 AFTER READING THE ACCOUNT OF THE RESURRECTION OF CHRIST IN LUKE 24 AND AGAIN IN THE ASSIGNED TEXTBOOK CHAPTERS, EXPRESS WHY THE RESURRECTION IS SO IMPORTANT TO THE CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW. HAPTER 6 TOPICS Introduction Faith in Christ: The Restoration of the Human Heart to True Worship The Life of Love, the Obedience of Faith: Living in God’s Kingdom Conclusion Chapter Review References Chapter 7. Introduction
The previous chapter began a discussion of the third act of the biblical story: the redemption of humanity by Jesus Christ. It claimed that worship of God takes a definitive turn with the life and death of Jesus Christ. To worship God means to worship Jesus, the divine human being whose life was utterly devoted to God and humanity, the human being who, as God, fulfilled the human vocation to be in God’s image. Worshiping the true God begins in the rejection of the worship of self and a reorientation toward self-sacrifice. The worship of things, including wealth, power, fame, and sex, that magnify the self is to commit idolatry; such worship is incompatible with the worship of the true God as definitively revealed in the human life and death of Christ. But, how do human beings actually come to reorient themselves to the worship of Christ? How can humans overcome their idolatrous hearts? How can they truly love the God who loves them in Christ? Answering these questions is the focus of this chapter. It brings us into the sphere of the fourth act of the biblical story, restoration —the renewal of all creatures, particularly humanity, to the worship of God. Discussion in this chapter will show that the restoration of the worship of God not only entails the external work of Jesus Christ, but also the inner restoration of the human heart. In this discussion, two topics will be encountered: Justification by faith, the process by persons become righteous on account of their faith in the work of Jesus Christ, which was done on their behalf, and The life of wisdom as explained in Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Faith in Christ: The Restoration of the Human Heart to True Worship In the New Testament, the event around which the human heart is restored is called justification by faith. It receives its most sustained treatment in the book of Romans—Paul’s letter to the church in Rome. Romans reveals that the issue of justification goes all the way back to the covenant with Abraham. Recall that this covenant was the beginning of God’s plan to save humanity; through Abraham’s family, all the families of the Earth would be blessed. But, the blessing of humanity in Abraham consisted of the development of a nation—the people of Israel—who were
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