Having never considered much about world views until after visiting a Christian world view camp, I wanted to know more about mine. As a Christian, naturally I would have a Christian world view, but I did not really know what that meant. I did not think much about the nature of God, or man, or even the cause of evil and suffering. Although I did not doubt my Christianity, I only doubted my knowledge of it, and ability to defend the Christian faith. I knew the root of all suffering came from sin, and that since Adam and Eve sinned, all man is burdened with sin. However, people are able to have a loving relationship with God if we trust in Jesus.
Often time’s people portray God as a distant, but extremely powerful being that only smites the evil and mildly rewards the righteous. People holding that view could not be more incorrect. In James 4:8 it says, “Draw close to God, and he will draw close to you,” and in Romans 5:8 it says, “But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” These verses do not show God as a cold hard sky dwelling creature, but a loving personal God that desires a personal relationship with all people.
“God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning--the sixth day.” (Genesis 1:31) God created the universe good, and good it remains. Since humans sinned, not animals, or planets, or stars, naturally, humans are inherently evil, not the universe. However, man has corrupted this world with evil, so when Jesus returns, He has promised to create a new heaven and earth.
“For it is from within, out of a person’s heart, that evil thoughts come—sexual immorality, theft, murder, (Mark 7:21)”. Even though God created man as “good”, humans became evil after sinning. Adam and Eve, in the Garden of Eden sinned by consuming the forbidden fruit. As a result, all other humans are born with a sinful nature, and can only be cleansed through Jesus. Jesus, God’s one and only son, came to earth and redeemed us with His perfect pure blood. Without Jesus, all people would go directly to hell for our sins. “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).”
“Then the LORD God said, "Behold, the man has become like one of Us, knowing good and evil; and now, he might stretch out his hand, and take also from the tree of life, and eat, and live forever (Genesis 3:22). Although Adam and Eve sinned, from that sin, they gained the knowledge of good and evil. Like sinful nature, morals are also passed down through the generations. Having morals cause people to determine what is right and wrong, and set laws to prevent people from committing crimes. Obviously, murdering someone is wrong. Most everyone will agree with that statement, because everyone has morals.
Evil and suffering are essentially caused by sin. When a person sins, they turn away from God and...