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What is the nature of the world around us?

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Alyssa Futa

on 11 May 2017

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Transcript of What is the nature of the world around us?

How was the world made?
How does the world work?
How does God and mankind use the world?
What is the nature of the world around us?
So we can understand that the world was created by God and was originally sinless/perfect, but because of man, it is now full of sin. Therefore, we can no longer be with God unless we have salvation.
Why is this an important question to answer? What is at stake?
What are some ways that non-Christian worldviews answer this question?
Everything is perfect, there is no sin, man is with God

Act 1: A Period of Perfection
What is the nature of the world around us?
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Act 2: A Period of Escalating Evil
The world is exposed to sin causing everyone to be born into an imperfect world with a sinful nature
Genesis 1:31
"God saw all that He had made, and it was very good."
Genesis 3:23
"So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken."
Act 3: God Begins His Rescue Operation Through Abraham
God uses the world to communicate with us
"There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a burning bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, 'I will go over and see this strange sight-why the bush does not burn up.' When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, 'Moses! Moses!'
Act 4: God Completes His Rescue Plan Through Jesus, the Jewish Messiah
God uses the world to test our faith
Matthew 24: 4-9,12-13
"'There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains. Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me...Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved.'"
Act 5: Through Church and Kingdom, We Retell God's Story Through the Power of the Holy Spirit
The world is dark and temporary, but God uses the world around us to share His story of rescue
Revelations 21:4
"'He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death' or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."
What have Christian theologians since Bible times had to say about the nature of the world around us?
Cosmological Argument
Teleological Argument
The universe illustrates God's power
The world around us is like a manmade machine created by an intelligent designer for a purpose.
How should what the Bible says about the nature of the world around us affect the way that Christians understand living "in the fifth act"?
We live in a sinful and fallen world therefore we should avoid temptation so we can be with God. The Bible urges us as Christians to share God's word and be stewards of God's creation.
Pantheistic Monism
Believes that everything is equal
The universe is the most real thing
Exodus 3:2-4
Spirited Away Trailer - Studio Ghibli
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