J.S. & G.B.
"Grappling with uncertainty- not over the existence of God or the divinity of Jesus but over the fundamental issue of whether he could totally trust what his bible was telling him" (Strobel, Pg 9). I start with this quote because I feel it describes how I feel about my worldview. I feel that I’m Christian, but I am always questioning my religion. Whether or not to believe everything that is told to me. I do believe that God is real and that there is a heaven, but I have this feeling that there is more to it. I believe that I am Christian, because I was raised Christian by my parents. It was the right thing to do, follow my parents’ beliefs. I feel that my worldview is what defines a person and where they stand in life and religion. I believe God is our creator and is our spiritual being. He is the man we pray to; he is the one that created us in his image. I also believe that as a human we will all die at some point, and once we die we would go to heaven. The path to heaven is not easy but with the help of your church and your faith with God we can all get there. I believe that everything that was created in our universe is real and materialist, it was done by God. He made everything real so we could live off the land. I also believe that the nature of it all is real and not an illusion or a dream. I believe all of this is true, because everything I have been taught; has also been backed up with legitimate facts to prove it to be true. My parents as well believe that this is true, and I believe and trust them. I was taught to have open eyes, and what I have learned is that religion and science are pretty similar. They both have to believe in there 'theories'; so it makes you think what is true and what is not. As follower of God, we are to follow the rights and wrongs he has created for us. They also correlate to how we all would like to be treated and how we should treat others. God made the Ten Commandments for us to know what is right and wrong. Life is full of purpose, God gave you life. It is your choice how you go about it all, whether you live it to the fullest or you go about wasting it all. Life is only pointless once you have given up, so don’t every stop trying until the end. All and all, my worldview has one big core commitment, and that is that I’m to be a kind hearted person to everyone and that I don’t exclude anyone out. I say that I have a Christian worldview, but really it is my own variation of it. This is true because I don’t believe in all the parts of a Christian worldview. For example I don’t believe that just because our ancient father Adam was driven toward sin, this means that I am likely to do the same. I feel that we should learn from our elders’ mistakes (Slack) and use them to get us farther in life. I do also agree with a lot of the Christian worldview and how God is absolute and that he is creator of the universe. I do believe that is true, because I believe that the bible is legitimate. The bible holds stories that show you how God came to people to show them his love. God told them to follow him and he will give them eternal life, in heaven. Those were the part of the Christian worldview that I agree and disagree with. As I look farther into my worldview, there are four tests that you can use to verify whether or not your worldview is possible. I know that mine is legitimate when I can find evidence that backs up what I believe. I test my worldview first with hard evidence that can undeniably prove to be true. The biggest evidence that proves my worldview to be true is the bible and Jesus. We can prove this, because we can follow it back all the way to its origin. The next test to put on my worldview to the test would be logical consistency. This test is to tell me whether or not my worldview is consistent to the terms of my beliefs. My worldview is not the same as a Christian worldview, but if it was it would contradict what I believe; thus falling apart and the end of that worldview. But for me I believe in a similar but my own Christian worldview, thus filling all the puzzles of my worldview. If I did have a part of my worldview that I thought was true, but couldn’t be proven. I would be best to get rid of it so my worldview doesn’t become inconsistent with what I believe. The third test is called existential repugnance; this is where you put your worldview up for judgment. This is where you find out whether or not you are being a hypocrite and not following all of your said believed worldview. For example Pantheist says that we are in an illusion, so why don’t they walk through walls. My worldview can be justified because I do follow all of what I believe, but truly it is my own kind of Christian worldview that I follow. The last test is based off the human nature. It is stated in the bible that we are born with sin, and that we will sin again. With this being said, in my worldview if I do sin, as long as I follow God and give him all my love he will forgive me. After completing these test questions I have found that if there was a hole in my worldview, that I was lying to myself in my own worldview and I had to figure out a solution. Everyone has a worldview. My worldview is how I do my daily thought processing, for example in my worldview I want to treat everyone kind and friendly from the start. I feel that a first impression is the most important, because that is how the other person is going to view you and decide whether or not they want to associate themselves with you. Also my worldview dictates how I make my decisions, whether or not I should do good or bad. As long as I’m following my worldview I will make good decide that will progress me farther in life, and not hold me back. I have also learned that my worldview is always changing in some way whether it is big or small, all depends on the situation. For example after taking this class I have learned a lot about all the worldviews that are out there. I have also found out that my worldview is not exactly like the Christian worldview. I have come to understand that it is more like my own worldview that has adapted as I grow and learn. In class I learned that Jesus wanted you to give away all of your belongings and live off the love of God. I feel that I can show my love and still own all my belongings. In the end I have come to understand what my exact Christian worldview is because of this class. All and all, now knowing my worldview you understand how I go about things. You understand that I can have a powerful purpose in life that is calling to help the sick, because I am going to become a doctor. With my worldview the rules are to never to be broken, this is because they are simple and true. I will follow my worldview for my whole life, I have learned that it is not always going be the same. But that change is okay, as long as I stay true to my worldview.
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