Gospel Essentials.docx - 1 Shannon Kerr CWV 101 Professor Hoselton Benchmark Gospel Essentials A worldview is how one views the world it is understood

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Shannon Kerr CWV 101 June 11, 2019 Professor Hoselton Benchmark - Gospel Essentials A worldview is how one views the world - it is understood that this is quite a complex definition. However, each individual has a different worldview that influences their values, beliefs, and responses to everyday situations. For example, some of these worldviews, like Atheism, have a belief in only the physical and what can be seen. Whereas others, like many religious worldviews, believe in the spiritual and beyond what can be seen. The Christian worldview is a prime example of one of those latter worldviews; believing in the existence of God and that He has power over everything in the universe, Christianity takes the stance of viewing the world in a spiritual sense. As to any worldview, Christianity has many values and beliefs ranging from how, and if, the world was created; to morality and what it constitutes as; to what happens after death. However, each different Christian belief revolves around four main components: God, humanity, Jesus, and restoration. God The first component of the Christian worldview is arguably the most important. The concept of God in Christianity argues that He is an omnipotent, or in other words all powerful, deity. While this may sound dictatorial in nature, throughout the Bible, one of the guides for the Christian worldview, it is evidently shown that God has many characteristics that demonstrate care for His creation, which is the whole universe and everything in it. Diffey (2015) outlines six 1
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main attributes, or characteristics, of God – “good, loving, just, jealous, faithful, and holy” (para. 11). These characteristics paint God as a loving and caring deity. However, Romans 1:20 explains God’s nature and His creation further stating “For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature , have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made . . . ” (Romans 1:20, ESV). In the eyes of the Christian worldview, God is a just and loving ruler over all of His creation. Yet, while God certainly did create the universe and everything in it, one of His most important creations was humanity, which leads to the second component of the Christian worldview. Humanity Diffey (2015) explains that there are two main beliefs that the Christian worldview holds about humanity. Firstly, unlike the rest of creation, humanity was a special creation because he was made in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27). The Christian worldview asserts that this does not mean physically, but rather in spirit. The creation account in Genesis goes over the creation of Adam and Eve, the firsts of humanity. God created Adam from the dust on the ground (Genesis 2:4-7) and then created Eve from the rib of Adam (Genesis 2:20-22). God gave man the job of caring for and working the earth. Yet, He also gave man the deeper purpose of knowing and worshipping Him (Diffey, 2015). When God created man, He placed them in the Garden of Eden, which was filled with much vegetation. God instructed man that he had the freedom to eat
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