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Title: Understanding the Biblical World View


1
Understanding the Biblical World View
2
The 4 Basic Questions of Life
  • Where am I?
  • What is the nature of the universe/world?
  • Who am I?
  • What is my nature/task/purpose as a human?
  • Whats wrong?
  • What is evil?
  • What is the remedy?
  • How do I find salvation and overcome evil?

3
The Definition of World View
  • Provides a model of the world that determines our
    actions in the world
  • Provides a vision of life
  • Provides a vision for life
  • Determines our values

4
Examining Differing World Views
  • The story of Anthony (pp 15 17)
  • Bathing Babies (pp 17 22)
  • Looking at Land (pp 25 30)

5
What does Creation have to do with world view?
  • What is the role of the tenet of creation in the
    Bible?
  • Key passages on creation
  • Genesis 1 created by the word
  • Proverbs 8 created by wisdom

6
Creation by the Word
  • Gen 1
  • Gods word is efficacious.
  • The result of the promulgation is pleasing.
  • How many times does God say creation is good?
  • What is good about creation?
  • Creation responded appropriately.
  • Creation is ordered and complex.

7
Creation by the Word
  • Psalm 336-9
  • Psalm 1485-6

8
Creation by Wisdom
  • Key Questions
  • Who/what is Wisdom?
  • When was Wisdom created?
  • What is her role in creation?
  • Key Passages
  • Proverbs 8
  • Job 2825-27
  • Proverbs 319-20

9
How does creation distinguish God from other gods?
  • God is above creation, not part of it
  • God speaks creation into being
  • God does not use sex to create

10
What is the role of order in creation?
  • God ordered the unformed chaos (Gen 1)
  • God structured creation
  • The order is stable and dependable
  • The order is superintended by God
  • Evaluate Deism
  • Deism God spoke the world into existence and
    then left it to carry on . . .
  • Is this biblical?

11
Where am I?
  • How would you answer this question based on the
    biblical world view?

12
Who am I?
  • What does the Bible have to say on this subject?
  • Where should we look first?

13
Humans and creation In Gods Image
  • Gen 126-28 the image of God
  • The wide sense what distinguishes us from
    animals and likens us to God
  • Rational capacity
  • Moral nature
  • Spirituality
  • Personhood
  • The narrow sense the degree to which an
    individual conforms to the perfect character of
    God

14
The Image of God 2 key aspects
  • Our dominion over the earth
  • Our religious choice of serving God or idols

15
Dominion over the earth
  • Gen 1 Gods role
  • Gen 126-28 humanitys role
  • Develop
  • Preserve

16
Developing the earth
  • Culture Rev 211-5
  • Social interaction
  • The toledoth (generations) Gen 24
  • Historical/cultural development Gen 420-22

17
Preserving the earth
  • Is exploitation biblical?
  • Evaluation pantheism
  • Should we revere nature?
  • How should we understand nature?
  • Co-servants of God

18
Who am I?
  • What have we learned about the biblical worldview
    on this question?
  • We are creatures of Godco-servants with the rest
    of creation.
  • We are uniquewe have been given authority to
    develop and preserve.
  • We are stewards Matt 2514-30

19
The 4 Basic Questions of Life
  • Where am I?
  • What is the nature of the universe/world?
  • Who am I?
  • What is my nature/task/purpose as a human?
  • Whats wrong?
  • What is evil?
  • What is the remedy?
  • How do I find salvation and overcome evil?

20
Whats wrong?
  • How does the biblical worldview answer this
    question?
  • Where do we start?

21
Humans and the Fall
  • Gen 31-13 the Fall of Humanity
  • What was the Fall?
  • What were the consequences?
  • Gen 314-24
  • Romans 819-23

22
What is sin?
  • The choice worship God or idols
  • Remember
  • The image of God means humanity is to rule and to
    reflect God.
  • What is Sin?
  • Sin disobedience failing to be the image of
    God

23
What is sin?
  • How do we know there really is a creator God?
  • Rom 118-32
  • What is at the core of humans?
  • God Creator
  • Humans creature
  • Humans have a need to worship

24
What is idolatry?
  • Idolatry
  • Idolatry worshipping the creature rather than
    the Creator.
  • Rom 121-25
  • Idol a false image of God
  • Humanity the true image of God

25
Image and idolatry
  • The image of God idea is only mentioned in 4
    times in the HB
  • Gen 126-27
  • Gen 51
  • Gen 96
  • After that, idolatry enters the picture
  • The term image humans and idols

26
Image and idolatry
  • An idol
  • Idol a symbolic image designed to mediate and
    manifest the gods glory and rule
  • What is humanitys role as image of God?
  • So, whats wrong with idolatry?
  • It is false worship
  • It is false imaging

27
What does God require?
  • The Ten Commandments Exod 201-5
  • No other gods
  • No idols
  • What are the consequences of disobedience?
  • Gen 314-18
  • Deuteronomy 3015-20
  • Rom 622-25

28
The sacred/secular split
  • What is the sacred/secular split?
  • What is the biblical view?
  • Is God interested in the secular?
  • Isaiah 2824-29
  • Exodus 311-5
  • Are there sacred versus secular jobs/skills?

29
Whats wrong?
  • What is the biblical answer to whats wrong with
    the world?

30
Next Week
  • Chapters 3-5
  • The Fall and Redemption
  • Critical Thinking Paper 1 WM ch 5
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