What Is a Worldview

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What is a Worldview? I. Part One: “Worldview” can be defined many different ways. It encompasses a great deal of meaning, emotion, and potential consequences. Ken Hemphill says that “a worldview, whether Christian or secular, is the unifying perspective from which we organize our thinking about life, death, art, science, faith, learning, work, money, values, and morals”. Biblical/Christian Worldview II. Part Two: a. Origin: The Biblical/Christian worldview beings with God who can be known through His creation of revelation to humankind. It is important to define the term we are using. The term “Biblical” is added as a descriptor to indicate the lens or filter that will be used to formulate this worldview. We believe the Bible is the inerrant, inspired word of God (Fee & Stuart Page 69 & 73). It all began with God. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit (the Trinity) were all actively working as One in this beautiful creation story. He did not create from matter that preexisted. God spoke the world into existence, creation ex nihilo” creation out of nothing”. b. Identity: God created mankind above the animals. Man was created a little lower than the angels (Psalms 8:5). Male and female were both created “in the image of God” (Genesis 2:15). Although the earth and the animals are not to be worshipped, mankind is responsible to take care of God’s creation. In reality, Christians should be leading the charge as environmentalists and animal rights activists while at the same time appropriately reaping the benefits of the earth for its natural resources and animals for food. c. Meaning/Purpose: The purpose of mankind is to know God (John 17:3). It is about a relationship with God and not simply following the tenants of religion. Our purpose is to love the Lord our God (Matthew 22: 37). d. Morality: Is the differentiation of intentions, decisions, and

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