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Title: God and Worldview Thinking:


1
Welcome Again!
2
What does it take to make a Person Happy
  • Some say add to your PossessionsMaterialism
  • 2. Some say achieve happiness by cultivating
    moral and intellectual excellence, practice
    moderation, have the appropriate external
    goods-Character.
  • Some say take away from your passionsBuddhism.
  • 4. Some say redistribution of wealth, share a
    common goal-Marxism.
  • 5. Others say redirect your Passions to
    God Christianity.

3
According to Geisler
  • An infinite thirst will never be satisfied
    with the finite.
  • An eternal desire will never be content with
    the temporal.
  • A quest for ultimate satisfaction will never
    be happy with anything less than the Ultimate.

4
God and Worldview Thinking
  • Nothing can discourage the appetite for divinity
    in the heart of man Albert Camus

5
Consider this quote
  • In his book, The Quest for God, historian and
    journalist Paul Johnson writes
  • The existence or non-existence of God is the
    most important questions we humans are ever
    called to answer. If God does exist, and if in
    consequence we are called to another life when
    this one ends, a momentous set of consequences
    follows, which should affect every day, every
    moment almost, of our earthly existence. Our
    life then becomes a mere preparation for eternity
    and must be conducted throughout with our future
    in view.

6
Consider this quote
  • If, on the other hand, God does not exist,
    another momentous set of consequences follows.
    This life then becomes the only one we have, we
    have no duties or obligation except to ourselves,
    and we need weigh no other considerations except
    our own interest and pleasures. There are no
    commands to follow except what society imposes
    upon us, and even these we may evade if we can
    get away with in it. In a Godless world, there
    is no obvious basis for altruism of any kind
    moral anarchy takes over and the rule of the self
    prevails.
  • The Quest for God A Personal Pilgrimage (New
    York Harper Collins, 1996), 1.

7
Consider this following account
  • In a frank interview with the Chicago
    Sun-Times, the famous atheist Will Durant
    admitted that the common man will fall to pieces
    morally if he thinks there is no God. On the
    other hand, said Durant, a man like me I
    survive morally because I retain the moral code
    that was taught me along with the religion, while
    I have discarded the religion, which was Roman
    Catholicism.

8
Consider this following account
  • Durant continued, You and I are living on a
    shadow because we are operating on the Christian
    ethical code which was given us, infused with the
    Christian faith. But what will happen to our
    children? We are not giving them an ethics
    warmed up with a religious faith. They are
    living on the shadow of a shadow. Cited from
    Norman Geisler, Is Man the Measure, 170-71.

9
The Importance of Knowing Godconsider the
following statements from Dr. Geisler
  • 1. The most important thing about us is what we
    think of God.
  • 2. We cant be like God unless we know what
    God is like.
  • 3. We cant know the true God unless we know
    the truth about God.
  • 4. We cant recognize false gods unless we
    know the true God.
  • 5. Idols are idols whether they are mental or
    metal.
  • 6. We tend to become like the object we
    worship.
  • 7. An ultimate commitment to anything less
    than ultimate will not ultimately satisfy.

10
How do we define God?
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Well, consider your mindset
  • When Scottish theologian John Baillie taught at
    Edinburgh University, he made it a practice to
    open his course on the doctrine of God with these
    words We must remember, in discussing God, that
    we cannot talk about Him without His hearing
    every word we say. We may be able to talk about
    others behind their backs, but God is everywhere,
    yes, even in this classroom. Therefore, in all
    our discussions we must be aware of His infinite
    presence, and talk about Him, as it were, before
    His face.

12
Definition of God Westminster Confession of
Faith of the Reformed Churches
  • There is but one living and true God, who is
    infinite in being and perfection, a most pure
    spirit, invisible, without body, parts, or
    passions, immutable, immense, eternal,
    incomprehensible, almighty, most wise, most holy,
    most free, most absolute, working all things
    according to the counsel of his own immutable and
    most righteous will, for his own glory most
    loving, gracious, merciful, long-suffering,
    abundant in goodness and truth, forgiving
    iniquity, transgression, and sin the rewarder of
    them that diligently seek him and withal most
    just and terrible in his judgments hating all
    sin, and who will be no means clear the guilty.

13
Definition of God Charles Hodge
  • "God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and
    unchangeable, in His being wisdom, power,
    holiness, justice, goodness, and truth."
  • Systematic Theology, 3 vols ( New York
    Charles Scribner, 1871) 1367.

14
Definition of God Augustus H. Strong
  • "God is the infinite and perfect Spirit in whom
    all things have their source, support, and end."
  • Systematic Theology (1907) p. 52.

15
Definition of God Robert Lightner
  • God is Spirit. He is a living and active
    divine Person who is infinite, eternal, and
    unchangeable in His being, wisdom, power,
    holiness, justice, goodness, truth, and love. He
    can enjoy fellowship with persons He has created
    in His own image and redeemed by His grace, and
    He always acts in harmony with His perfect
    nature.
  • God of the Bible and other gods (Grand Rapids
    Kregel, 1998),35.

16
Doctrine of Last Things
Doctrine of Christ
Doctrine of the Holy Spirit
Doctrine of Scripture
Doctrine of the Church
Doctrine of Demons
Doctrine of Satan
Doctrine of Salvation

Doctrine of Humanity
Doctrine of Angels
17
Conclusions
  • Our life can rise no higher than our view of the
    Highest (God).
  • Our life can be no more stable than its ultimate
    Foundation (God).
  • Our life wont be ultimately satisfied with
    anything less than the Ultimate.
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