Alyssa Arndt CWV-101 01/11/19 Michael Feather Benchmark - Gospel Essentials This paper will go into depth about the gospels, or “good news” of Christianity. It will talk about how the Christian worldview perceives God, humanity, Jesus and restoration. Finally, there will be an analysis of a Christian worldview and then a reflection of my own personal beliefs. God During the duration of this class, I have learned many things, but the primary focus being on God and how he is important to the Christian worldview. God is especially important to the Christianity worldview. The textbook states that God is to be feared, known and loved as the sovereign Creator of the universe to whom all glory, honor and praise belong (Diffey, 2015). There are a wide variety of characteristics that God possesses, he attains human traits and his divine traits. Some of his human attributes would include love, goodness, kindness, faithfulness, compassion, justice and creation. His divine traits would include that he is eternal, infinite, omnipresent, omniscient, immutable, and incomprehensible (Lecture 2). The Bible discusses creation in the chapters of Genesis. God created a world that was free from sin, death and decay (2015). Humanity was created in the image of God, and humanity was to have dominion over the Earth (2015). Humanity 1
There are two claims about humanity in the Christian worldview. The first being, humanity was created in the image of God. Being made in the image of God means there are remnants of God’s character within us (Lecture 2). We were created to love God, and others, the capability to create, the ability to reason on a high level, and the ability to explore the Earth (Lecture 2). God created humans to work, and to take care of the Earth. Christians are to work to bring God’s good purposes on Earth (2015). The second claim about humanity comes after Adam and Eve in the second chapter of Genesis. Humans are known to be sinful by nature, because of the fall (Diffey, 2015). Because of the fall, pain was introduced into the world – painful child bearing and painful work (Lecture 3). Humanity was created to have a relationship with God. According to 2 Peter 1: 5-7 our purpose in life is that we must “make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.” The root cause of human problems is that humans are sinful and rebellious. The Christian worldview says that humanity is sinful by nature, and therefore will live and act in a sinful manner (2015).
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