In week 2 we examined the idea of Origins, specifically the Christian view of creation. While some of the other Worldviews do offer some kind of explanation on how all things came about in the universe, the Christian Worldview is the only one that offers any kind of help and hope to humanity.
The creation story found in the Bible is all about God, a being that was before all things, whom created this earth and everything on it. God alone always does what is good and right and perfect—the Bible calls him holy. God is the Creator of all things and He upholds all things. God’s sustaining providence means that every created thing depends on something outside itself for its origin and continuation. According to the Christian Worldview, this something is God.
Unlike His creation, however, our Creator depends on nothing outside Himself for His existence. He is self-existent, having the power of being in Himself. We were created in time, and in God “we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:22–34). God, however, IS. We know Him by His covenant name, “I AM WHO I AM” (Exodus 3:14). There never was a time when He was not, and there never will be a time when He will not be.
As dependent creatures, we rely on God for our standard of right and wrong, our knowledge, and much more. We know our place in the universe only when we realize that He is our Creator and we are His creatures. This distinction is fundamental to everything. Every act of sin arises when we forget that we are not the Creator and then attempt to live by our own rules. True understanding begins when we see that we are but creatures and owe our Creator thanksgiving and praise for everything.
Based on this understanding of Origins found in Scripture, and seeing that the Christian Worldview is directly impacted by these Scriptures (the Bible), the question I’d like to pose this week is: What happens if we see the Bible as: Respond to the following:
1) A Rule Book?
2) A Compilation of Stories?
3) Moralistic Fables?
4) Motivational Sayings?
5) The True Story of God?