What is a worldview? A worldview encompasses someone’s beliefs and values which build the footing for how each one of us live our life. It is like a looking glass, like how someone views the world around them, how they understand the way the world works, and why good and bad happen. A worldview is something not seen but believed and are used to understand why things happen for the good or the bad. Three essentials of building a strong Christian worldview are: love, faith, and grace. God is love and if someone does not know love they do not know God. By knowing God and what God’s purpose is, is rooted in faith. Grace is the ability to show God through ourselves when good is done to one another. This essay is intended to show how all three essentials come together to make a Christian worldview.
One important trait God has is love. God loves everyone, not just as most would say, “the good people.” As discussed by BibleProject-Philemon, “God’s love is not based on race, gender or social/economical class.” Every human being “created” according to Paul, and discussed by Mr. Hudson in the essay, “Humans are Hopeless,” by God because every human being is a child of Adam, an image of God. God intends for all human beings to be equal. For all to be equal, everyone must have love in their hearts. 1 John 4:8, “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.” This verse is meant to show one needs love to have a fellowship and relationship with God. Love is one of God’s many characteristics, and is fundamental in God’s purpose in the world. One of the most famous and familiar bible verses is John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” God gave his son on the cross because God loves his people unconditionally and so people would have love in their hearts and be able to have a relationship with God. People cannot be God; however, people should strive to be like God and spread love among each other. God wants people to walk in his likeness. 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 NIV, “love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.” This verse is true in showing people need to show love in how they treat people daily. In the world today, it is easy to get wrapped up in the anger and frustration, however one needs to focus on the love God gave from the beginning of creation and continues to give today. It is stated by Mr. Hudson in The Foundations of Christian Thought and Practice, “we can know God without fully comprehending God, and we can love God without complete understanding.”
Faith is a spiritual essence. Faith is believing, trusting, and having confidence in something. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1, KJV). Some people have difficulty with this mainly because if something is unseen how can one believe or have faith in it. “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth” (Psalms 46:10, KJV). This verse gives comfort to Christians. God is telling his people to be still before him and put faith in him. In Mr. Hudson’s essay, “Faith is Seizing your Destiny,” faith is stepping out in the nothingness and creating beautiful things. Faith has been in existence from the beginning in Genesis with the story of Abraham. Abraham is a good example of stepping out and putting faith in God. God asked Abraham to sacrifice his only son and Abraham, having trust and faith in God, does as he is asked. When God sees Abraham’s faith and trust in him, God spares Abraham’s son. Abraham could not see God with his human eyes, however, Abraham still trusted and believed in God with his heart. Having faith especially in the world today, is hard and sometimes very difficult. But Christians build their relationships with God and as those relationships grow their faith becomes stronger. As stated in the essay, “Faith is Seizing your Destiny,” I see people who fail yes, but I also see people who trust God in remarkable ways. This statement is important because even though humans fail and come short of God’s mercy, they still have faith and hold on to God knowing he will take them through the good times and the bad. Mr. Hudson said in the video, “God is not in the business of perfection, he is in the business of redemption.” Humans are not perfect by no means and God knows this thus when one does wrong God still forgives those who comes to him and asks to be forgiven. “And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”
Grace is “unmerited divine assistance given to humans for their regeneration or sanctification, a virtue coming from God” (Merriam-Webster). One of the greatest gifts given to human beings is the grace God offers. All Christians have been raised on the fact God has a plan for all people. God’s plan is carried out through his saving grace. “Saving grace is God’s work in the world, God saves; people do not save. It is the confession of true Christian people. God is the savior” (Bock & Del Rosario, 2016). As many know and realize, nothing in this world is free. However, God freely gives grace to everyone even the underserving. Grace is taught and shown all throughout the Bible. God gives grace in the story of Noah, “but Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD,” (Genesis 6:8, KJV). God wanted to destroy all that was evil but kept Noah and his family from destructions through grace. Even though Moses had reservations about God, God still guided Moses as he led the people out of captivity. “And he said, O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send,” (Exodus, 4:13). And one the most astounding displays of God’s grace is in the story of David. Even though David loved God he sinned greatly by lusting, killing, lying and more. However, God knew David’s heart and forgave David of his sins, “have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions” (Psalms 51:1, KJV). For Christians one of the most important thing to remember and what gets most Christians through difficult times is God gives his grace to even those whose sin because not one person is perfect and God knows this yet he still forgives.
Christianity is one of the largest religions around. Many religions believe and worship in many different yet some similar ways. Christianity is a monotheistic religion which is the belief there is only one God which is the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. “Unto thee it was shewed, that thou mightest know that the LORD he is God; there is none else beside him, Know therefore this day, and consider it in thine heart, that the LORD he is God in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath: there is none else (Deuteronomy 4:35, 39, KJV). Hinduism is a polytheistic religion which is belief in many Gods. One of the most important beliefs in religion is the belief in everlasting life. In Christianity people are taught forgiveness for their sins, saved by grace, die one death and resurrection into life everlasting with God for eternity. Hinduism has taught people die multiple deaths and reincarnation until enlightenment it reached. Reaching salvation is being forgiven of sin. In Christianity sin is in every human. In the essay, “Humans are Hopeless,” is provides explanation for sin by stating, they do these things because it is natural- natural to do what Adam the father of humanity did. Everyone disobeys God because everyone is sinful. Even though everyone is sinful, everlasting life still awaits those who love and have faith in God and accept God in their hearts.
In conclusion, a Christian worldview has many different essential themes. A Christian worldview affects how someone lives and how someone believes. Everyone has their own beliefs and ways in which they want to use those beliefs to structure their lives. Christianity starts with the belief in just one God who has proven love, faith, and grace throughout time. Love, faith, and grace are three themes which must all come together to make a Christian worldview. There is no sin too little or too big. Sin is sin in God’s eyes. However, God understands humans sin daily yet all one needs to do is ask forgiveness and God gracefully forgives. “Faithfulness to Jesus means recognizing all people are equal partners that share together in God’s love and grace” (BibleProject-Philemon). Christians must have love in their hearts to show love to others. As the Golden Rule states, “therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets” (Mathew 7:12, KJV). By faith Christians step out of nothing and create something of good. Christians have faith in God even if he is unseen, he is felt. Through God’s grace Christians are promised eternal life as stated in The Nicene Creed, Christians read, “on the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.” God sent Jesus to die on the cross for the sins of the people so those who choose God will be saved and have everlasting life. Christianity is a constant growing relationship with God that one must build on from life when dealing with trials. It is the job of Christians to take all the parts of God’s word and teachings and bring them together to make the Christian worldview complete.