Jennifer Knigge CWV-101 February 11, 2018 Numa Gomez Benchmark - Gospel Essentials People tend to have a set of fundamental understandings of how and why their world behaves. These core beliefs emanate from within affecting their actions, thought processes, and attitudes. These individual convictions comprise a person’s worldview, which Waddell (2015, para. 8) defines as “a foundational set of assumptions to which one commits that serves as a framework for understanding and interpreting reality and deeply shapes one’s behavior.” Worldviews are categorized by certain essential elements which in the Christian worldview revolve around God, his human creation, Jesus, and his role in restoring humanity. God In the Christian worldview, God is the name given to the omniscient, omnipresent, omnipotent spiritual being that brought everything in the known and unknown universe into existence. He is considered the only real and true governing force of the universe that has always existed. Everything that exists, past, present, and future, does so because of His purpose for it. In addition to the qualities above, the other major characteristics of God are that He is exists as a Trinity, God is love, and He is the sovereign creator. The doctrine of the Trinity is the definition of God as a singular deity expressed by three personages: God the Father, God the Son, and the Holy Spirit (Diffey, 2015a). Each is personable to mankind as God created man with purpose, the Son lived amongst man, and the Holy Spirit dwells in believers. 1 John 4:8 1
states “God is love.” This is a unique quality of God since love is generally an action toward something (Merrick, 2015). Lastly, God is the sovereign creator of all things and He alone has right to rule over everything (Diffey, 2015a). Genesis 1-2 gives the account of God’s creation. It outlines his creation of the heavens and the Earth. He is explained as being responsible for separating the skies from the ground and the water from the land. Genesis also gives the account of God creating the plants and animals. However, His most unique and special creation was humanity (Diffey, 2015a). Humanity Humanity is the pinnacle of God’s creation with a unique nature as His divine image bearer (Diffey, 2015a). Even after the fall, humans still bear His image (Gen 5:1-2). Humans exist in a duality with a body and spirit. The body was given as a gift, but is bought with the price of Jesus’ crucifixion; therefore, we are to use it worship and glorify God (1 Cor 6:19-20). The body is also to be used to do work and to bring about the purposes of God (Gen 2:15; Diffey, 2015a). Being conformed to Jesus, who is the best example of what it means to be in the image of God (Rom 8:29), human nature brings purpose intertwined with the love of Christ.
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