Christian Worldview Study Guide (6)

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Read the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20. Briefly list the commandments.
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1. You shall have no other gods before me. 2. You shall not make yourself an image in the form of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under neath the earth. 3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vein. 4. Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy. 5. Honor your father and mother. 6. You shall not murder. 7. You shall not commit adultery. 8. You shall not steal. 9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. 10. You shall not covet your neighbors and anything belonging to them.
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How do the first four commandments differ from the last six?
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The first 4 apply to God and what he expects and the last 6 are for people and our relationships with them.
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Read the Beatitudes, the blessings of Jesus in the opening verses of the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew chapter 5:1-12. Which one is repeated and emphasized?
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Blessed are the persecuted. Because, the Lord says those that are will be rewarded greatly in heaven.
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From the lecture and textbook, write out the short quote that philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche made famous about truth.
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\”There is no truth, only interpretations\” (Nietzsche, 1906).
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From the textbook, describe how Raphael, in his great painting School of Athens, depicted Plato and Aristotle.
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In the center of the painting, amidst the great philosophers of history, Plato is pointing up and Aristotle is gesturing horizontally, indicating two very different ways of understanding the concept of truth. These two ways of approaching the search for truth can affect beliefs about both truth and ethics today and, therefore, can affect personal worldview.
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According to the lecture, what kind of absolute truths require the existence of God?
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The bible, reliability, consistency, revealing of God himself to others.
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General Revelation.
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General Revelation: Refers to the ways that God reveals himself generally to all through what he has created, throughout the course of history, and in the natural laws that commonly are discerned through scientific analysis.
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Special Revelation
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Refers to the ways that God reveals himself to individuals and communities who can then share what he has made known with others.
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Exclusivism
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The historical concept that Jesus is the only way.
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Pluralism
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A view that holds that all religions hold a piece of the puzzle.
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According to chapter 7 in the textbook, the lecture, and Job 1-2 and 38-40, does Job ever find out why he suffered? What is the best explanation from our perspective?
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No he didn’t. The Lord gave to Job and took away. Job was very obedient and knew that God had a purpose and plan for his life. Even though the things that meant the most to job were taken away he was still faithful to God.
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Read the story of the raising of Lazarus in John 11. What can we learn about Jesus and death from this account of the event?
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That Jesus is the Son of God and that he can preform many amazing miracles.
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Read the 11 reasons for suffering listed in the lecture. Which reason(s) might provide good cause for a Christian to \”count it all joy\” as James says to do in James 1:2-4?
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-Helps relate to others that are going through suffering. -Strengthens our character. -Obedience -God’s discipline -Cling to Christ -Aiming for ultimate good -Gods love
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Define theodicy
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The Christian defense of God’s infinite goodness and power despite the presence of evil and suffering
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What are two explanations Christians might give to explain the problem of evil, how a good and powerful God would allow suffering?
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Humans wanted a world that was opposite from the world God intended. From the beginning of time God gave free will and Adam and Eve chose what they wanted instead of what God had. God allows suffering so we can be close to him in all times especially hard ones.
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According to Philippians 2:1-11, how are Christians to behave in light of what Jesus endured?
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Jesus came into the world in the form of a baby like man, he did not sin. He took on the cross for all of our sins and since he took on that we have the opportunity to be with him in heaven one day when we die. The likeness of Jesus is to be selfless and like himself. Doing good for humanity and others. There are so many amazing things that also go along with it but those are just a few.

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