BUSI 41 I. Part One: What is a worldview? Define what the term “worldview” means. Use descriptive phrases to support your definition. (25-50 words) Upon birth a person is introduced and raised within the context of a certain culture, belief, and traditions. These influences impress upon a person’s philosophy on life and their outlook. A worldview is the context of how a person analyzes and responds to worldly stimuli. II. Part Two: Articulate the biblical/Christian Worldview (what is believed) for each of the following 5 questions.
Give 2 relevant scripture references for each of the five questions below (do not write out the verses) to support why it is believed. (300 words) 1. The Question of Origin – The question of origin ask, “where did I come from”. (Weider & Gutierrez, 2011) Genesis 1:1 states that we are created by God. Without the omnipotent hand of a creator God we would not exist. Isaiah 45:12 states that it was God’s hands which created the Heavens. 2. The Question of Identity – The question of identity ask, “who am I” and “what does it mean to be a person? (Weider & Gutierrez, 2011) These questions are clearly answered within the Bible. A creator God created us above the animals and lower than the angels and therefore is greater than us. In Genesis 17:1 God calls himself the Almighty God. We are created beings created to be in subject to a creator God. Genesis 1:27 states that we are created in the image of this creator God and are the only being created by the hand of God. 3. The Question of Meaning/Purpose – The question of meaning/purpose ask, “why do I exist”. Weider & Gutierrez, 2011) This is one of the most fundamental questions which has been asked by almost all people at some point during their life, throughout the span of history. Civilization and culture has been molded by the belief of the peoples answer to this question. The biblical worldview presented in John 17:3 and 1 Col 10:13 that mankind’s meaning/purpose is to know God and to worship him in his infinite glory. 4. The Question of Morality –The question of morality ask, “what is right and what is wrong. (Weider & Gutierrez, 2011) A biblical worldview of morality is that a glorious and perfect creator God has established laws by which we are to live, if we violate these laws we sin. 1st John 3 and Deuteronomy 9 state that sin is the disobedience and rebellion against God’s established laws and sin condemns us to Hell. There is only one absolute truth and that is the law of God given in the Holy Bible. 5. The Question of Destiny – The question of destiny ask, “is there life after death”. (Weider & Gutierrez, 2011) Revelation chapter 20 and 21 reveal that there are two destinies for man.
One of eternal damnation in Hell, and one residing in eternal praise with the creator God, Heaven. All men are condemned to eternal damnation in Hell because of our sinful state. Christ has offered himself as propitiation for our sins and a belief and acceptance of his gift of salvation secures us an eternal home in Heaven. III. Part Three: How might/should a biblical worldview influence the way you [Refer specifically to how biblical worldview beliefs influence your answer] choose only two of these: 6. …think about, treat, and speak to others on a daily basis?
Most religions have some established system of reward for treating others with respect, charity and love. The bible commands the Christian in Matthew 22:37 to love God and love people. The Christian is commanded to think about, treat, and speak to others in such a way as to glorify the creator God. A degradation of a person is the insult to an image bearer of God, and defiance to God’s commandment of loving one another. The Christian should be known for their love for their neighbors. Christ taught this principle throughout his ministry. 7. …decide a future career (what you will choose and/or how you will carry it out)?
The biblical worldview answer to the question of meaning states that our primary purpose is to know and glorify God. If this belief is acted upon we must recognize that all aspects of our lives are to be bringing us to a greater understanding of God and in glorifying Him. Our career choices need to act as a funnel to Christ not a hindrance to knowing him, and once we have decided upon a career we are to work as Colossians 3:17 states doing all things for the glory of God, in His name. (100 words) Source Weider, L. , & Gutierrez, B. (2011). Consider. Virginia Beach: Academic Publishing Services, Inc.