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Thursday, May 20 2004
(My World View)
By: Jim Jacob
My worldview has been sculpted and polished over the past several months.
It is based on seven questions "What is God like?" "What is the nature of
the universe?" "What is the essential nature of man?" "What is basis of
morality and ethics?" "What is the cause of evil and suffering?" "What
happens to man at death?" and "What is the meaning of history?" These
questions are the basis of my worldview.
First, "What is God like?" Well, there is only one God, but at the same
time there is the Trinity. God is not a part of the Trinity; God is the
Trinity. He is a perfect and a righteous God. God is the creator of all
things in heaven, earth, and everything in between. I believe that God has
given us many blessing on earth for us. Such as when God sent His one and
only son, Jesus, to die for our sins. Also the beautiful creation He gave
for our enjoyment.
Second, " What is the nature of the universe?" I believe that when God
first created the universe it was a perfect universe. But when sin entered
the world, the universe became corrupted along with everything else. Now
the universe, and all that was in it, had to be separated from God. He
didn't make us sin and God didn't want us to, we made that choice by
Third, "What is the essential nature of man?" When God first created Adam
from the dust of the ground and Eve from Adam's rib, they were created
without sin. But when Adam and Eve took the fruit from the tree that God
had commanded them not to, sin entered the world. From that point on every
man and woman had a sin nature from as soon as they were born. The only
thing that could save all of mankind was God sending down a Savior, Jesus,
to die for us on the cross, which God did.
Fourth, "What is the basis of morality and ethics?" The basis of morality
and ethics comes from God. God sets the standards that we need to follow.
I believe that when people and the government add and subtract things to
God's original rules, the society becomes increasingly corrupted. I believe
that our country has been slowly but surly changing the laws that our
founding fathers had made which were following God's law. By the government
slowly changing the laws, it is altering our thinking and it is easy to
become used to it. It is like the analogy of the frog and the boiling
water. If you put a frog in water and slowly raise the temperature until it
boils, the frog dies without knowing the water was boiling. I think that is
what our society is doing to us.
Fifth, "What is the cause of evil and suffering?" As I said before, sin is
the reason for our corrupted universe. Sin is part of the answer to this
question as well. When the original sin occurred, God punished man not only
with death, but that there would be increased pains sufferings that man
would have to live in. The other part to the answer of the question is that
the free will of man caused this to happen. We chose to sin, God didn't
make us to it, but he knew it would happen.
Sixth, "What happens to man at death?" I believe that at death we are
judged not according to our works, but if we believe that God sent His one
and only Son to die for our sins. After we have believed that, God will
reward us with the gift of living eternal life with Him in Heaven. If we
chose not to accept that gift, then we will spend eternity in Hell.
Seventh, "What is the meaning to history?" When we read the Bible, we see
the mistakes and the Godly things that man has made in the past. It is
important to look back at those things because we need to learn from our
mistakes and not repeat them, and remember the Godly things and repeat
those things. If we do not learn from our mistakes, we are doomed to repeat
As you can see, "What is God like?" "What is the origin of the universe?"
"What is the essential nature of man?" "What is the basis of morality and
ethics?" "What is the cause for evil and suffering?" "What happens to man
at death?" and "What is the meaning of history?"
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Christian philosophy, Sin, Religious ethics, Free will, Free will in theology, God, Original sin, Christian views on sin, Christian theology
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