Biblical Worldview Summary Paper
“You are not here merely to make a living. You are here in order to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. You are here to enrich the world, and you impoverish yourself if you forget the errand.”(Woodrow Wilson) A worldview is how you look at the world, how you think it operates, why things happen the way they do, and what your purpose in life should be. Logically your behaviors, your actions, your motivations, should be consistent with your worldview. For example, a worldview of atheism, which is a belief that God does not exist, explains the creation of the universe and of life as randomness acting over a very long time. In such a worldview, it is easy to adopt a worldview that people can have no purpose, for it is by accident that people even exist. A two year old can think they are the center of the universe. Whether conscious or subconscious, every person has some type of worldview. A personal worldview is a combination of all you believe to be true, and what you believe becomes the driving force behind every emotion, decision and action. Therefore, it affects your response to every area of life: from philosophy to science, theology and anthropology to economics, law, and politics, art and social order— everything. Worldview is a mental model of reality. The book has many good points on worldview, it states worldview determines are values. The four questions of worldview are very similar existential therapy which asks “Who am I?” This is the question every person asks themselves and understanding this question is the only way a person can start developing a worldview. According to the authors in Transforming Vision it introduces with definitions of worldview and goes on to talk about how worldviews are different all across the world and finally with evaluating a worldview. The next part of the book gets to the meat of the situation and begins to talk about creation and how so many Christians just focus on Jesus and salvation. When in fact the scripture does not begin with Christ and salvation, it begins with Creation. Creation
It is important to remember that Christianity started in Genesis 1:1 and not in the New Testament. In the opening statements of the bible God shows us how powerful he is. “His authority is such that needs only to speak and creation obeys.” (Walsh &Middleton pp. 45) In proverbs 3:19-20 says “By wisdom Yahweh laid the earths foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place, by his knowledge the deeps were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew.” Each day God created something with His words; by understanding this we can see the many features of God. Understanding the image of God’s word brings light into darkness. We can see his true power and sovereignty. God is so almighty that just his voice can command creation. Transforming Vision states well and says this narrative shows Gods authority. God was pleased with creation and in his words “good”. Understanding this doctrine of creation is very important and imperative to Christians. Knowing that God was pleased with his creation shows all of us that he is please and we all inherently are “good”. Creation answers the important questions of “Who am I?” or “What is our purpose?” Existential psychotherapy asks their clients to understand and answer the same question of meaning of life or in this instance, creation. Therapist will ask clients to accept that humans are meaning seeking creatures and we must find our meaning in order to be happy. Since existential is a secular therapy unless based on a Christians values from the therapist. So culture worldviews are used to determine our meaning. With a Christian worldview one can learn and understand the meaning of creation through biblical doctrine. Truly understanding creation is the only way we can know what Gods plan is for us as far as it comes to redemption; no one wants...
Please join StudyMode to read the full document