I began this course thinking my worldview was that of a Christian Theist, as I had come to discover, as the course progressed, my worldview was a mixed bag of beliefs outside the elementary belief of Christian Theism. I was not disheartened by this finding, but surprised. The realization then set in that I was uneducated or did not know God like I thought. In fact my beliefs appeared to be more influenced by society than the deity of God. Fortunately, this is a learning experience intended to bring me closer to the truths of Christianity and an understanding of the beliefs of others.
What Is The Prime Reality, The Really Real?
The really real is God, and knowing he is sovereign (Sire, 2009, p. 30) one can understand that he is in control and will always be interested in his creations, being man and the universe. Although I do not agree with the prime reality of Deism where God transitions over to the first cause of everything (Sire, 2009, p. 51), I can understand how some may think this. With the state of the world today human reason (Sire, 2009, p. 48) tells us that either God is only in nature (Sire, 2009, p. 50) or does not exist at all or else he would step in and stop acts of violence and other forms of human tragedy.
God chooses not to step in the middle of man’s affairs simply because he gave us the free will to choose right from wrong; therefore we are left to our own devices. Only through the power of prayer will God intervene. Sometimes his answers are not what we want to hear or not at all. It is easy to understand how a person could progress from Deism to the nothingness of Nihilism (Sire, 2009, p. 94) and to the equivalency of God (Sire, 2009, p. 179) in the New Age, where God doesn’t seem interested. When all else fails we still have relative truths of others in Post Modernism (Sire, 2009, p. 223) to fall back on as prime reality.
What Is The Nature Of External Reality, That Is, The World Around Us?
Initially I claimed that the world was full of chaos and that there was no sense of order to anything on this planet. I was intrigued to find most of my own personal belief sided with Naturalism’s closed system of cause and effect (Sire, 2009, p. 70). In fact, over the years I have adopted the belief that mankind has created the many problems of this world, why would God be interested in fixing them again? Indeed, that last time God intervened on a large scale was the great flood historically documented in the book of Genesis.
What cleared the air was once again understanding and the external reality of cause and effect in an open system professed by Christian Theism (Sire, 2009, p. 31). Although the universe appears orderly, nothing is determined (Sire, 2009, p. 32) and God in his infinite grace allows us human beings to mold our future either for the better or worse (Sire, 2009, p. 32). With every action comes a reaction according to our once again, God given free will. Apparently there is...