Biblical Worldview Romans 1-8

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Introduction As Paul starts with the list of sins (Romans 1: 21-31), he left no stone unturned in his epistles. Paul’s writings are the standard for one’s understanding of a Biblical worldview. He discussed who God is (Romans 1: 20), man’s sin against God (Romans 1: 21-31), salvation through Jesus (Romans 3: 21-22), and how one should live under the righteousness of faith (Romans 5: 1) (Wander 2014). These are all the standards of a Biblical worldview in Paul’s teachings. The Natural World The natural world as it was created by God in the beginning was perfect, until mankind sinned, thus turning God’s perfect natural world to a world of sin, bringing death to mankind: “Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all people, because all sinned” (Romans 5: 12). Paul exposes the world’s natural attraction and approval to sin, which is to say the sinful state of the world in, Romans 1: 32, giving one a clear view of the state of the natural world. Being that man is under God’s law, man is convicted by sin (Romans 3: 20). Throughout chapters five and six Paul explains sin’s effect on mankind; sin makes one an enemy of God (Romans 5: 10). Sin enslaves mankind (Romans 6: 16). Sin condemns mankind (Romans 5:18). Sin keeps mankind unrighteous (Roman 6: 20). Sin makes mankind dead (Romans 5: 12) (Ellis 2012). The Biblical worldview of the natural world can be summed up with the verse, “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Romans 3: 23). Human Identity Man’s identity was to be the ruler over all things on earth (Genesis 1: 28-30), but man’s sin made him unrighteous (Tinsley 2014). Paul declares all humans to be unrighteous, both Jews and Gentiles, in the following quote. “What shall we conclude then? Do we have any advantage? Not at all! For we have already made the

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