Essay 1: Biblical
Genesis 1-11 answers some of life’s biggest questions. Questions like “How were we created? What is our identity? How does sin affect our relationships with one another? Has what makes up our civilization been our focus more than God?” Our worldview is shaped by our natural world, human identity, human relationships, and civilization. It is by seeking truth in God’s Word that we can begin to build the foundation for a biblical worldview. Natural World
The teachings in Genesis chapters 1-11 have not only answered many of the questions I sought in my life, they have replaced false beliefs with truths. In Genesis chapter one, we learn many truths about the natural world we live in. The depths of those truths can be missed or dismissed if we do not individually seek them. It is only faith that gives us understanding of these truths. There have been many theories to how the world was created. To the believer there is no mystery we simply take God at his word and that it is true. “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth” (Genesis 1:1 KJV). This verse not only reveals God created our natural world but also reveals that before anything was created or anyone was born, he already existed, and always was. He created a world with order and limits. Examples of these limits are found when “God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.” (Genesis 1:11KJV). From this verse is a truth that reveals a limit was placed on everything that was created and that everything created cannot become anything other than what it is. Two cats can produce a variety of different cats but cannot produce anything other than a cat. A watermelon seed is not capable of growing into a palm tree, and a monkey cannot grow into a man. Human Identity
Mankind has an identity unlike anything else that God created. Man was created in his image. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.” (Genesis 1:27 KJV) “God is a Spirit” (John 4:24 KJV); it is in his spiritual image that man was created. When God created Adam, man was in right standing with God, once Adam disobeyed God not only was he not in right relationship with God, but every man born thereafter was separated from their creator. The identity of man is most seen in the fall of man, when he disobeyed God. God created man to be innocent, meaning man had never sinned. “And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden you mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shalt not eat of it…” (Genesis 2:16-17 KJV) This command was given to Adam because God not only wanted man to be innocent but also righteous; He did not want man to be forced to have relationship with him. He desired man to choose to. For man to be righteous, he would have had to refuse to disobey God when given the choice. In Genesis we learn that man had a choice to obey God but when he disobeyed him, he no longer had the freedom to not sin because from then on all were born in sin. Human Relationships
The result of this sin nature resulted not only in death (separation from God) but produced a lust and pride in man that destroys relationships within family, friends, and neighbors. At this time there was no law from God. Man was to do all known good and to abstain from all known evil; he was to only approach God by blood sacrifice. The first child ever born was Cain who eventually had a younger brother Abel. “And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.” (Genesis 4:8 KJV) Cain in his pride became a murderer. At this time God had not given man the right to govern other men and there was no law giving the right to punish others for murder until after the...
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