In this week's series of blogs, the aim is to introduce readers to the topic of what I'm terming "Worldview Studies". This is a special week because of a new feature I'll be introducing on this blog: what I'm calling "The Guest Blogger". I hope from time to time to have a special guest offer his or her insights in a post on a given day. I'm pleased to announce our guest blogger for today: my wonderful wife Debi. She is currently pursuing her Bachelor's Degree in Christian Counseling at Liberty University and recently completed a summer course in Apologetics (how to defend one's Christian faith).
Guest Blogger Debi Smith defines and discusses Christian Worldview development
What is a worldview?
Nothing can stir a person more than a lively debate. Whether the issue is political or moral, every person has strong beliefs about the world and events that take place around them. These convictions make up our worldview, how we perceive, interpret, and respond to the world surrounding us.
Life started with God. He is without beginning or end (John 17:5, 24). Creator God designed and set into motion the universe and all that is within, including our planet Earth and mankind. (Genesis 1)
God created man in His image. Though we do not share His deity, He gave man the ability to reason and the responsibility to care for creation. (Genesis 1:26-30) Though sinful and fallen, we are still cherished above all other created things, loved and unique. (Psalm 8:1-9)
“Man’s chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever” (Westminster Shorter Catechism, 1646). We glorify God through obedience to His Word (1 Corinthians 10:31). Also, we can have a personal relationship with God, one that brings joy and fulfillment. (Isaiah 12:2-3)
In the Bible we learn right from wrong and how we should live (2 Timothy 3:16-17). We are commanded by God to obey His commands and we see the results of following or not following these commands (Jeremiah 7:23-24).
Death is not final. For those who have accepted Christ as their Lord and Savior, we have assurance of eternal life in Heaven with God (John 3:16-18). Sadly, those who do not accept God’s free gift of Salvation spend eternity in hell. This is known as a second death, a constant state of dying and torment (Revelation 21:6-8).