Gospel Essentials

GospelEssentials

GospelEssentials

Peopleadopt different sets of beliefs and values that influence the waythey interact with the world and interpret their world. Acomprehensive worldview determines the cognitive orientation of thesociety or an individual towards a given point of view or someknowledge (Tackett, 2015). The Christian worldview is the mostpopular type of world view in the world. The Christian worldview isbased on the Bible, where those whom subscribe to it believe that theBible is the absolute truth and the channel through which Godcommunicates to his people. This paper will analyze the Christianworldview and how people who subscribe to the Christian worldviewdefine and explain different concepts. Christianity is the mostpopular worldview because it gives a comprehensive definition andexplanation of different concepts, which distinguishes it from othertypes of worldview.

God

Itis definite that every culture has its own understanding of God andhow He looks like. Although there are some differences in the humanunderstanding of the nature of God, there are some universal factsacross the majority of cultures. For example, many cultures agreethat God exists as a spirit in nature, which allows Him to be presentin every place, which means that He is omnipresent, (Gray &ampWegner, 2010). In addition, many cultures define God on the basis ofthe three key characteristics. First, God is sovereign, which meansthat He is in control of every creature in the world and in theuniverse (Gray &amp Wegner, 2010). Secondly, God is holy andrighteous, which gives Him the authority to judge the sinners anddemand holiness from human beings (Heb 1:13). Other characteristicsinclude the fact that God is immutable, omnipotent (omniscience(knows everything), and merciful.

Godis the creators of everything that rests on earth and the entireuniverse. He created by His power, which means that the majority ofHis creation came into being by the word of the mouth, exempt humanbeings whom He created using His own hands (Gray &amp Wegner, 2010).Therefore, God’s creation includes both the living and non-livingthings that are found on the earth and in the Universe.

Humanity

Humannature can be defined as the set of different characteristics thatare possessed by human beings, independent of influence of theirrespective cultures (Taliaferro, Draper &amp Quinn, 2010). Inaddition, human nature (including the ability to reason)distinguishes human beings from animals and the rest of God’screation. Christians consider reason to be the most unique gift thatGod bestowed on humans with the objective of helping people reflecton their unique nature and derive the knowledge of God’s will withregard to His creation (Steofka, 2015).

Christianshold that human beings are unique since they were created in theimage of God and for a given purpose, which is to glorify Him(Closson, 2015). From Romans 12: 1, the Bible confirms human purposeby stating that people should offer themselves as living sacrificesto God. Therefore, human beings were created for the sole purpose ofworshipping God. The main root cause of problems, according to theChristian perspective is sin. Sin separates human beings from God andpeople who are separated from God are vulnerable to all types ofproblems since they have rejected God’s protection.

Jesus

Jesusis the son of God who assumed a human nature in order to establish amore realistic relationship between human beings and the supernaturalpower, which would in turn facilitate human salvation. Although Jesusis often referred to as the son of David, the reality is that He isGod and existed from the beginning, even before the genealogy of thefamily of David came into being. This is confirmed by John 1:1, whichholds that all things were created through Jesus (Biblica Inc.(1984). Literally, Jesus is not the son of David, a representation ofthe glory of God on earth. Therefore, christens see Jesus as thebearer of their sins and a divine link between them and theircreator.

Peoplecan say a lot about what Jesus did, including different types ofmiracles that He performed during His time on earth. However, one ofthe most significant thing, and the ultimate purpose of His comingwas to reestablish a relationship between human beings and God, whichhad been broken by sin. The book of Timothy 2: 5 states that there isonly one mediator between God and mankind, and that man is JesusChrist (Biblica Inc. (1984). From the Biblical perspective, the mainpiece of work that Jesus did was to reconcile man and God, which wasaccomplished by washing away the sins that had broken initialrelationship between the two parties. Jesus’ real identity as theson of God who assumed the human body coupled with the salvation workthat he did on earth are significant to Christians because theyreflect the love of God for humans. This is because, although theinitial relationship was broken by human’s disobedience, God isstill willing to forgive and restore the relationship by subjectingHis only son to suffering and death.

Restoration

Althoughsome Christians believe that prayers can solve all problems, it isevident that God requires people to apply effort and theirproblem-solving skills to address problems that they are facing inlife. For example, Prophet Nehemiah heard from God and took an actionto go and repair the wall of Jerusalem that had been destroyed (Neh6: 1-4). From this example, it is clear that God gives guidance toChristians, but they have a role to play in solving their problemsbesides making prayers.

Salvationfrom the Christian perspective is a free gift from God and no humanefforts are required to earn it. From the book of Ephesians 2:9,salvation is obtained through grace and not through human efforts.Grace in this case means an unmerited or a freely given favor or love(Brown, 2006). Faith, on the other hand is the hope that people haveabout things that are yet to happen. Christians are saved by grace,but through faith. This means that after realizing that God haspromised a free forgiveness of sins, one has to take an action toreceive salvation. From the book of James 2: 14, faith without actionshould be considered to be dead, which implies that Christian faithshould have corresponding works.

Transformationof self as well as the society, from the Christian perspective,results from the spiritual change of individual members of thesociety. From the book of Romans 12: 2, transformation of individualpersons begins with the renewal of the mind. Those who aretransformed share their good values with others, leading to thetransformation of the society.

Analysis

Christianbelief has many benefits, but two of them are quite significant.First, Christian belief brings the atmosphere of forgiveness in thesociety and in homes. The most significant pillar of Christianity isforgiveness, which is confirmed by the fact that Jesus died on thecross in order to forge human beings their sins (Brown, 2006). Theart of forgiveness is transferred to all those who subscribe to theChristian faith since they are required to forgive those who wrongthem just as Christ forgave their sins, which leads to an atmosphereof forgiveness in the society. Secondly, Christian belief bringspeace in the heart of the believer and in the society. From the bookof John 14: 27, Jesus left believers in peace and instructed them notto be afraid or be troubled.

Peoplefind Christianity confusing in several respects, but the concept ofpeace that Jesus promised Christians has become controversial.Christianity promises peace and persecution at the same time(Wellman, 2015). It is quite difficult to explain how the two gotogether. This is because people who undergo persecution andsuffering are not expected to have the peace of the mind.

Humanbehavior stems from the thinking, which is in turn influenced byopinions, values, and beliefs that one supports. Christianityinfluence thinking by renewing the minds of believers, which isachieved by imparting them with Christian beliefs, values, andopinions. From Romans 12: 2, the Bible advises Christians not toconform to the world and embrace transformation through the renewalof their minds (Biblica Inc. 1984). Thinking and behavior ofChristians who have been transformed reflect the Christian beliefsand values.

Reflection

Beinga pantheist, my world view differs from that of Christianity in twomajor ways. First, Christians believe that God is the creator andstands apart from the creation, while I believe that God and creationare one, which means that God is the creation itself. Secondly, Ibelieve that the concept of evil is an illusion since evil does notexist in the real sense. This is unlike the Christian view that holdsthat there exist evil and right. However, pantheisms and Christianworld view have several similarities. For example, they both holdthat there exist some supernatural powers, which they call God. Inaddition, the two worldviews support the idea that God isomnipresent. This is because Christians believe that God exists as aspirit that hovers everywhere, while pantheists hold that everythingis God, which means that He is everywhere (Gray &amp Wegner, 2010).

Conclusion

Theworld view that people adopt helps them define some of the criticalconcepts that affect their relationship with other human beings andwith God. For example, the Christian worldview help Christians defineGod, Humanity, the true identity of Jesus, and the concept ofrestoration. The way that people define these basic conceptsinfluence both the thinking and behavior that one adopts in life.From the Christian worldview, Jesus was the son of God who assumedthe human form with the objective of restoring the relationshipbetween man and God, which had been broken by sin. The forgiveness ofsin through the blood of Jesus defines the entire concept ofrestoration, since Jesus restored man to God using His own blood.Some of the benefits of subscribing to the Christian worldview arethat Christian promises peace that cannot be offered by the world, inaddition to forgiveness of sins. However, many people findChristianity quite confusing since they fail to understand how peaceand persecution go together.

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