Derrick continues our study of the Christian worldview. After briefly reviewing the topics of the previous week (What is the Christian worldview?, Who is God? and Who is Man?), Derrick covered the following questions:
Where did the Universe come from? (Natural History)
The answer: Creation ex nihilo – everything that was created, was created by the Word of God’s mouth, ex nihilo – out of nothing. Genesis 1:1 talks about the Creation (In the beginning… God created…), but Derrick pointed out that really John 1:1-3 is truly the beginning of the Bible. (In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made…)
Three lessons we should learn from God’s creation are:
1. God is God and we are not.
2. God is distinct and above His creation.
3. God has given us the privilege of serving as His vice-regents over His creation.
How do we know right from wrong? (Morality)
Morality is concerned with what is. Ethics is concerned with what ought to be. We learn to imitate God by learning to imitate Christ. We learn to imitate Christ by studying and obeying His word – the Bible. Obeying is a question of the will and we talked about how we need to remember that we carry God within us and we are always in His presence. (In the words of Angela Paxton, we need to remember that while we can’t see God, He can always see us.)
The basic principle we need to remember is that God is not interested in making us good. God is interested in making us holy. (Eph 5:1 says to therefore be imitators of God). For the Christian, ethics and morality is not a question of doing – it is a question of being. As Christians, we should always be mindful that our actions and who we are, can affect those who don’t know Christ and whether or not they become believers.
With a Biblical or Christian worldview, Truth is given to us so we know what we ought to do.
What happens after death? (Destiny)
Physical death is the separation of the soul from the body.
Heaven: Christian souls go directly to be with Christ. (2 Cor 5:8)
Spiritual death is separation of the soul from God.
Hell: Anyone not found written in the Book of Life is thrown in the fire. (Rev. 20:11-15) There’s only one escape from Hell, through Christ, trusting in His resurrection.
We ended with a video “God of Wonders”, a reminder of God’s majesty and power and the wonder of His creation.