Seeking Answers

"Most people are bothered by those passages of the Scripture they do not understand. But the passages that bother me are those I do understand."
-Mark Twain



"Behold, I stand at the door [of your heart] and knock; if anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come into him" (Revelation 3:20).

The late Carl Gustav Jung said, "The central neurosis of our time is emptiness." All of us have a deep longing for our life to have meaning and depth. Jesus offers us a more meaningful, abundant life, which comes through a relationship with Him. Jesus said, "I came that they might have life, and have it abundantly" (John 10:10).

Here is just one Christian worldview:

* There is an uncaused creator who is responsible for the universe that we live in. This uncaused creator is called God.
* This creator provided all of the necessary raw materials and the necessary natural processes to, over a period of around 14 billion years, shape our universe and to bring life to at least one planet.
* The creator is not required to be actively managing the universe or the affairs of this planet. But that does not say that he does not interact with us when he chooses to.
* Science is a reliable guide to how the universe, this planet and the life on it physically functions.
* We live on a planet that is very active, producing earthquakes and storms. In general these are not directed by God to punish humanity.
* God created this universe for a purpose. And humanity is central to that purpose.
* Left to ourselves we have little chance of knowing much about God.
* The Bible is in some way inspired by God and it reflects an ongoing revelation of God and his purpose. This revelation reaches its highest point in the New Testament.
* The stories in the early part of Genesis should not be taken as literal accounts of creation, the fall, the flood, and the dispersal of nations. Rather they reflect a primitive people’s belief in the sovereignty of God and his activity in the world. These stories reflect a growing understanding of the nature of God and of man.
* God has revealed himself to us most completely in the person of Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus was God in human form.
* God’s purpose for humanity is to produce a people that he can use after this universe is gone.
* The quality that God is looking for is faith. Trusting in him without seeing him.
* The history of humanity has demonstrated recognition that there is something bigger than us that we are answerable to as well as a self-centeredness that rebels against authority.
* Evil in this world is caused by humanities self-centeredness.
* Jesus of Nazareth was the means that God used to bring people into the desired relationship with himself.
* All who believe in Jesus, including his redemptive death and victory over death, become a part of the Kingdom of God, or his people.
* Belief in Jesus is more than an intellectual exercise. It entails commitment of ones life to him.
* While we live on this earth we should live under the authority of the government that is over us, obeying its rules and laws so long as they do not violate the law of God.
* We should live in a way that brings honor to God.
* We should be faithful to represent God to the people we come in contact with.

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