Question on Origin
Notably, my selected worldview is on evolution. Simply put, evolution theory espouses that organisms experience physical changes when exposed to different environments by developing unique body features that are most suitable to their new surroundings. In this case, the worldview would say that life begun with the existence of a simple organism such as only a cell. Over time, the cell developed into various simple life forms such as bacteria, viruses, and fungus. Later, it changed into complex creatures such as fish, birds, and mammals. Notably, the cell developed into various organisms depending on the unique environments that it was exposed. As for human beings, they evolved from simple creatures like apes into their current state. On the contrary, the bible says that God created human beings in their current form using clay (King James Version, Gen. 2.7). Actually, Christians believe that there was no organism during the start of creation (Gen. 1.2). Consequently, they not believe in the evolution of organisms.
Question on Identity
From a worldview perspective, human beings have the ability to reason and to make sound decisions on their future or current environment. Notably, this ability is a major differentiating factor between humans and other organisms. Evidently, they can influence their environment by making various constructions, cutting trees, or even re-planting trees. On the contrary, animals do not have the ability to think to such complex levels. Moreover, humans also keep animals such as goats and sheep for their own benefits. Consequently, they are superior and more important than animals. From the bible point of view, human beings are superior to animals. Nonetheless, they have an obligation to take care of them. Notably, the bible says that God gave man dominion over all creations (Ge. 1.28). Essentially, this control shows humans have the task of taking care of all creations. Similarly, the bible says that God sent His Son to earth in order to save human beings from death (Jn. 3.17). Impliedly, this action shows humans are more important than animals since God was only concerned on the formers wellbeing.
Question on Purpose
In general, the worldview espouses that the existence of man is by chance. Basically, man existence is a result of evolution and not to accomplish any pre-determined objective. Consequently, man has no specific duty on earth. Therefore, he/she should enjoy his/her time by engaging in activities that he/she likes. However, he/she should entertain himself/herself responsibly so that future generations find similar pleasing environments to live in (Weider and Gutierrez 45-60). On the contrary, the bible says that the purpose of human beings is to serve God (Isa. 43.7). Moreover, the bible says that man should get fulfillment in serving God (Dan. 3.17). In this case, He expects human beings to serve Him by engaging in constructive activities such as taking care of the environment. In this process, they become co-creators with Him (1 Cor. 3. 9).
Question on Morality
Basically, the world believes that what is wrong or right is determined by the constitution and an individual’s ethics. Notably, all countries have a constitution that defines the rights and responsibilities of individuals who live within their jurisdictions. On the same breath, an individual’s culture and ethics may at times influence him/her to believe certain things are either right of wrong. For instance, even in situations where the law is permissive and allows for same-sex marriages, an individual’s ethics and culture may make him/her view this matter as immoral. From a bible perspective, the Ten Commandments determine morality (Ex. 20. 1-17). Specifically, these commandments act as the guidelines on how human beings should interact with God and man. Noteworthy, even the teachings of the New Testament are founded on these commandments. Specifically, Jesus tells Christians that His teachings are meant to embolden and create a deeper understanding of the importance and application of these rules (Mt. 5.17).
Question on Destiny
The worldview does not believe in life after death. From a worldview perspective, a person marks the end of his/her existence when he/she dies (Aerts et al. 52). Consequently, he/she has no other destiny other than the grave. On the contrary, Christianity believes in life after death. They believe in the existence of a soul that is housed in the human body (Rev. 20. 13-15). Moreover, an individual’s acts of good or evil determine where his/her soul will go when he/she dies. According to them, when a person dies, his/her body remains in the grave while his/her soul goes to heaven or hell. Generally, if the individual’s actions were good while on earth, he/she goes to heaven. On the converse, if he/she was sinful, he/she is cast into hell (Rev. 20.14.).
Aerts, Diederi, et al. World Views: From Fragmentation to Integration. Brussels: VUB Press, 2007. Print.
The Holy Bible, King James Version. New York, NY: American Bible Society, 2009. Print.
Weider, Lew and Ben, Gutierrez. Finding Your Worldview. Thinking Christianly About the World. Nashville, TN: B & H Academic, 2014. Print.