Corrin Schulze CWV-101 11/10/19 Dr. Sherman Benchmark - Gospel Essentials The Christian faith is complex and involves many different beliefs, ideas, and interpretations. Even though all human beings have different opinions, there are absolute truths about the religion that must be understood. The Bible is the source of information we go to in order to understand the Christian worldview and read exactly what we must do to follow God faithfully. Christians must equip themselves for worldly temptations by reading the Bible, praying to God, and living to please the Lord. We must learn about the religion in order to fully understand God’s purpose for our lives. God In Genesis 1 and 2, God is mainly shown as the creator of our universe. He alone rules over the earth that he established. Some of the characteristics used to describe him are omniscient, omnipotent, all-present, eternal, unchanging, caring, loving, faithful, good, just, and holy (“Topic 2 Class Lecture Notes”, 2019). God exists as a triune being, which means he exists in perfect union as three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The testimony in the Bible is that the “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit are responsible for everything that was created” (Mather, Hulme, & Schreiner, 2013). In John 1, John says Jesus, the Word, and God are all the same. He also said, “through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made” (John 1:3, New International Version). Hebrews 1:2 is similar; the author says everything 1
was created by the Son, who is also the Word . Colossians confirms what was said in the previous two verses. “ For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:16- 17). God is separate from creation while also being a personal being; he cares deeply for everything he made. He created everything good and made humanity in his image (“Topic 2 Class Lecture Notes”, 2019). Humanity The two major declarations about human nature in the Christian worldview is that humans are made in the image of God and all humans are sinful by nature. God created humanity in his perfect image, and his original purpose for his people was to live according to wisdom under God’s rule. However, Adam and Eve fell into temptation and sin. Instead of loving and fearing the Lord, they wanted to make themselves like God and be able to distinguish between good and evil. When sin entered the world, so did the death of human beings. The first example of this is when Cain killed his brother, Abel, in Genesis 4:1-16. Even with sin flooding our world, it is humanity’s job to follow God and his Word. The root cause of human problems is the fall into sin. When Adam and Eve listened to the Serpent, they set in stone all of humanity’s future. The human situation describes how humanity is subject to evil and what causes us to be on this path. There are four metaphors to describe the human situation. The first is alienation,
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