Christine Eaton CWV-101 MWF 12:30 Profe Lampca November 1, 2018 Benchmark - Gospel Essentials Christianity is “the most widely distributed religion in the world, having substantial representation on all of the populated continents of the globe and a total membership that may exceed 1.7 billion people” (“Christianity”, 2017, para. 1). Every person has their own worldview and regardless of whether it is the same or not, collectively everyone’s “choices are shaped by what [they] believe is real and true, right and wrong, good and beautiful. [People’s] choices are shaped by [their] worldview” (Colson & Pearsey, 1999). One’s worldview establishes how they live, and a Christian is called to live in a manner that conforms with God’s will. Those that have a Christian worldview have committed their lives to follow Jesus Christ and can be well-taught from the Scriptures, which they acknowledge being the Word of God, and have sworn to follow; key aspects that can be seen throughout the Christian Worldview are God, humanity, Jesus, and restoration. Christian Worldview God Within Christianity, God is the everlasting being who created and preserves all that is known to man. As the sovereign Creator of the universe, He is to be “feared, known, and loved” by His followers as “all glory, honor, and praise belong” to Him (Diffey, “Wisdom in the Beginning”, 2015, para. 10). Christians can be seen as the Lord’s followers, who are aware of His “good, loving, just, jealous, faithful, and holy” attributes, as well as the fact that God is 1
unchanging, eternal, omnipotent, omnipresent, and omniscience (Diffey, “Wisdom in the Beginning”, 2015, para. 11). With God’s creation of all, it should be noted that man was made in the image of God and “All of God's attributes, all of God's authority, all of God's faith, all of God's ability, was invested in that man”, but man was not formed until the last day of God’s creation (“The Image of God in Man”, 2009, para. 13). As a personal and caring God, especially for His creation, the Lord created the universe in an orderly and good fashion as “Order means that there is a proper function for everything and a proper relationship that it bears to everything else” (Goldsworthy, 2002, p. 93). The world was created in perfect harmony by the Lord, as seen in Genesis 1 of the Old Testament, and the Creation story goes as follows: day one consisted of the formation of light, the universe, and the Earth; day two entail the creation of the sky and the atmosphere; day three the Lord produced dry land and all plant life; on day four, God made birds and water creatures; and finally, on the final day of God’s creation of the world, He brought into existence land animals and man. Not only was God the Father active in the creation of humanity and the natural world, but also God the Son and God the Holy Spirit, who in all make up the Trinity. This can be seen as extremely “important because a Trinitarian understanding of God is an essential component of the Christian worldview” (Diffey, “Wisdom in the Beginning”, 2015, para. 13). In regard to both humanity's creation and all three persons of the Trinity, God the
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