Michaela BushCWV-101September 13, 2018Andy McClurgBenchmark-Gospel EssentialsThe world is full of billions of people that come from different areas and walks of life, each with their own ideas and beliefs that help to form their worldview. An individual’s worldview encompasses their set of beliefs on how they view life and the world around them. Our worldview is the framework on how we live and act with the world around us. Every worldview consists of several components that help define it. The Christian worldview, for example, consists of thoughts and beliefs about God, Humanity, Jesus, and Restoration. As we breakdown and examine each of these components of the Christian worldview, there will also be an analysis and reflection of my own opinion on the Christian worldview. God“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1 NIV). The Bible opens up proclaiming that God is the creator of all things. Further reading in Genesis, details His creation and the divine order that God created it. God created day and night, land and water, creatures of the sea and sky, and man in His image (Genesis 1: 3, 6, 9, 20, and 26). Through God’s creation, His sovereignty and power is displayed. The textbook offers some adjectives that describe God’s characteristics: unchanging, eternal, all-powerful, all-knowing, all-present, good, loving, just, jealous, faithful, holy, omnipotent, and full of goodness (Diffey, D 2011). This list of God’s attributes gives those that choose to follow Him an idea of the image they were created in. To truly know God, one must 1
look at the very nature of His creation. His creation reveals that there was an intended order and that all He created was good. “And God saw all that He had made, and behold, it was very good”(Genesis 1:31). God’s creation is not strictly bound to the universe and the beauty of the earth; the very pinnacle of His creation is humanity. HumanityThe first two chapters of Genesis reveals, that God created humans in His own image andthat He created them to have dominion over the earth (Genesis 1:28). The reason that God created humans in His image is because He desires to have a relationship with them. The relationship that God desires with all humanity is displayed in the first two chapters of Genesis, here the Bible tells of God speaking with, walking with, and commanding both Adam and Eve. God’s intended purpose for humanity is also shown through the work that He gives to Adam in the garden, and when He provides a helpmate for Adam (Genesis 2:15; 18). However, through Adam and Eve, sin was introduced into the world as a result of their direct disobedience of God’scommand.