, Research Paper
October 26, 2000
My World View and the Bible
We tend to think of mankind as the center of the world we live in. We are the smartest, the most intellectual, the most dominant, and the most common thing that we relate to. How did we get here? Simple, God put us on this earth. There is more to it than that though. ?In the beginning? God created man. We can not forget that he created everything around us also, and that he created heaven as well. He created light, dark, plant life, the sky, the oceans, and then he created man. Then God stepped back and looked at all that he had made, and said ?I did a darn good job.?
Sort of like the east coast?s Statue of Liberty and the west coast?s Statue of Responsibility, the bible and ones Christian world view go hand in hand. I can promise you that if the bible doesn?t play a major role in your world view, you are headed down a bumpy road, with no brakes Now don?t get me wrong, I am positive that I am not the most Christian person or the biggest believer one the face of the plant. I am well aware that if there is a major situation in life that I do not know how to take care of, I can count on the bible to point me in the right direction. . The bible is almost like a job description of my way of life and thinking. It is a really great feeling to know you always have something you can turn to in a situation of need, and that is one of the many great things that God has done to make our lives a little bit easier.
We were not the first thing on his list, and we sometimes treat God as though we are the only existing things that he ever created. We act like we, as individuals, are the only things that matters to him, and that our own individual problems are the only thing that matters on this earth. Well, I got an important news flash to everyone that thinks in this direction, God does all of his work with reason, and good intent. There are people dying in other countries, people fighting for their lives in others, and people at war in other places, so there are other more important things going on in our world than our petty problems. That is the most important thing that I believe the bible and God has taught me. When I?m in trouble or need direction, God is there, and if I don?t, he will let me live and learn.
God will also help you in your life, only when you need it, and have a relationship with him, so he knows that you are worthy of his hand. Why should he help you, and aid your life if you are giving no effort to praise him or give back to the world he created? If you think about it, it?s like you stealing from him or taking advantage of him, if you don?t have faith in his works, or don?t try to give back to earth. That is where I think that being a good Christian and having faith in him give you advantages over all other forms of religion.
Unless your name is God or Jesus, sin is a part of your life. How do you know if you are forgiven for your sins? If you to confession, and a priest tells you ?Give me 5 Hail Marys, and you are forgiven?, are you forgiven? No way, can a mortal man EVER forgive you of your sins! The bible and my study of God has brought me to believe in my world view that the only way to be forgiven for sins is to believe in Christ and to have faith in God. If you understand that Jesus died on the cross to relieve you of a life of torment and pain, you will be forgiven of your sins. And if you have faith that God did everything for a reason, and will guide you in the right direction when necessary, you will then be forgiven of your sins. This is a strong belief of my world view, and has really been a strong helper in my decision making. It has really made me think twice about doing some of the stupid things that I have never done, and I owe a lot to Christianity for that.
Cain, Adam and Eve?s son, lead his brother Abel into a field, and attacked Abel until he was dead. ?The Lord said, ?What have you done? Listen! Your brother?s blood cries out to me from the ground. Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother?s blood from your hand. When you work the ground, it well no longer yield its crops for you. You will be a restless wanderer on the earth.? (Genesis 4:5) The lord also states later that anyone that kills Cain, that person will suffer seven times over for vengeance. Knowing that all people are not good at heart, and will not think twice about not treating me and my possessions with respect is not a very comfortable feeling. But also knowing that God will do the necessary punishment for others actions is comforting. I will rest easy knowing that I do not have to take revenge into my own hands, and that God will do what he feels necessary for ?un-Christian actions. In the past I have done things that I regret to people for hurting me or my loved ones, and I am grateful to have a world view now that shows me that I don?t have to stoop to others level and try to get back at anyone.
?So god created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him;? (Genesis 1:27) Man was created by God to live, learn, prosper, grow, have morals, and continue the human race to its fullest. He made us not to praise his every work, because he isn?t selfish. He made man to be good people, in his image and to be thankful for all of the wonderful things that he has given us and for the chance to enjoy life. One thing that I have learned in my studies is that we are given these opportunities with the intent of being in good faith and believing that we are in good hands. And in all honesty if I had to choose whose hands I would put my life in, I think that the one that has the decision to place me in eternal happiness is a good choice. If I continue to live the life I have been living, and continue to prosper and grow, I will gladly be in God?s hands in hope that one day my faith, belief, and world view will cause God to place me in heaven. The bible is the link between my world view and God, and I thank God for giving me the bible to create my world view, and teach me the God?s image and the correct way to look at life.