Those who read the book of Romans will come to realize that it is a letter to the people of Rome who follow the Lord. Within the first eight chapters of the letter Paul tells of his desire to visit Rome, the sin of mankind, God’s wrath against mankind, God’s judgment against mankind, and God’s righteousness. Throughout the first eight chapters are teachings regarding the natural world, human identity, human relationships, and culture. Each of the teachings from chapters one through eight can help mold and give structure to a Christian’s biblical worldview.
To start there is the teaching of the natural world. The apostle Paul explains that God created the world that they all live in. God is the reason why the Earth has always provided what they people needed. Since God first created the world his invisible qualities, his eternal power and divine nature, have been seen by all (Romans 1:20 NIV). He then explains that there should be no reason why the people would choose to worship and idolize the things God has created instead of the creator himself. God is the ultimate reason why they and everything in the world exist.
Apart of the natural world and human identity is the sin of mankind. Each and every person in the world is born a sinner. “Sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin; and in this way death came to all men; because all sinned” (Romans 5:12 NIV). Due to the sinful nature of man and their wicked and foolish acts they committed God gave the people over to continue in their wicked and immoral ways. Paul explains God’s judgment that He will pass upon each person and tells them that no one except God has the right to judge because they all have sinned. When the day comes of God’s judgment He will not show favoritism and each person will receive what they deserve based upon their ways of foolishness and evil or their ways of truth and good.
Then there is the teaching of human relationships and the relationship between God and mankind has continued to be up and down. God has created everything that His children need in order to survive but yet people still turn against him. Some choose to idolize and give glory to...