The Worldview of Christianity
A Christian worldview is defined as a comprehensive conception of the world from a specific standpoint. It is the framework of ideas and beliefs through which a Christian individual, group, or culture interprets and interacts with the world. It is used to form opinions about humanity: purpose in life, duties in the world, responsibilities to family, interpretation of the truth, social issues, and much more. Different denominations of Christianity have varying viewpoints, but each viewpoint explores all of these things and more, guided by the light that is shed upon them by the Bible. A worldview is the basis for making daily decisions. It is formed by our upbringing, education, the culture we live in, and the media we absorb. Everyone has one, even if they do not realize it. Three major themes of Christianity are faith, hope, and love.
The first key theme to Christianity is faith. The meaning of faith is highly disputed in Christianity. In 2 Chronicles 20:20, Jehoshaphat says, “Listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem! Have faith in the LORD your God and you will be upheld; have faith in His prophets and you will be successful.” In the Protestant tradition, faith is generally understood to be closely associated with the ideas of belief, trust, and reliance. In the English vocabulary, faith is defined as “confidence or trust in a person or thing”, which is exactly correct. Some would say Christian faith is defined as the experience of living in a dynamic and new personal relationship with God, but most would say faith is basically a belief that is not based on proof. Often used to define faith is Hebrews 11:1, which is the most concise definition of faith found in the Bible. It says, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” The Bible tells us that we have all been given a “measure of faith” by God to work with. Proving this for us is Romans 12:3, “For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.” God also expects our faith in Him to grow over time. Proof that our faith levels are capable of growing is shown in the passage 2 Thessalonians 1:3, which says, “We ought to always give thanks to God for you, brothers, as is right, because your faith is growing abundantly, and the love of every one of you for one another is increasing.” This verse shows that all you need is a small amount of faith to get God to start moving in your life. The Bible specifically tells us that we are saved by grace through faith. These two ideas together state that God has given each of us a certain amount of faith and expects it to grow throughout time. Whether it does or does not grow, is completely up to us. Hebrews 11:6 states, “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” which proves that God expects us to have faith in Him and will not be satisfied unless we do. There is the controversial idea that if we have faith in God, we will be blessed throughout our lives and God will help us through tough times. Matthew chapter 15:21-28 is an excellent example of this idea. This section is about “The Faith of the Canaanite Woman”. It talks about a Canaanite woman who comes to Jesus crying about how her daughter is suffering from demon-possession, begging for help. Verse 28 states, “Then Jesus answered, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.” This example shows us that God will help us if we have faith in him. Faith is a purely spiritual substance inside each of us that can be allowed to grow or abate.
Another major theme to the religious sanction of Christianity is hope. The definition of hope in the English vocabulary is...
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