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...
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...lemental biblical Christianity has been twisted by both Catholics and Protestants dating back to the time of the Reformation and the Roman Emperor Constantine. As a result various denominations and belief systems have evolved throughout the centuries.
My own sister-in-law, who was once Christian, broke away from the belief of Christianity and became Wiccan. She also holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in metaphysics and serves as a metaphysical priestess and counselor. She does not hold back as to why she changed her beliefs; man has bastardized Christianity for her. Our God continually gets a bad rap mainly out of the ignorance of others, only if they were shown the true story, maybe then these other belief systems would not exist or would be less believable.
Sire, J. (2009). The universe next door (5th ed.). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.
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