This post is part of a series of posts taken from Dr. Wayne Grudem's Sunday school class at Scottsdale Bible Church. In this class, Dr. Grudem is taking us through his forthcoming book: Politics: According to the Bible. I have created a category link here, which will allow you to scroll through all of the upcoming posts.
Note: audio of our class is found at the bottom of this post.
Today's Sunday school class with Wayne Grudem brings us to the fourth chapter of his upcoming treatise: Basic Components of a Biblical Worldview.
Dr. Grudem started out the class by proclaiming that "this chapter may be the most decisive set of ideas that he will talk about during the whole series."
He goes on to argue that our worldview shapes everything, and when we enter the world of political discussion we bring this worldview with us to the conversation.
Dr. Grudem gave us six (6) components of a Biblical worldview, and then described the implications of possessing these views.
Six Components of a Biblical Worldview:
- God created everything.
- God reveals himself and his moral standards clearly in the Bible.
- The original creation was "very good".
- Because Adam and Eve sinned, there is moral evil (sin) in the heart of every human being.
- Because Adam and Eve sinned, God placed a curse on the entire natural world.
- God wants human beings to develop the earth's resources and to use the wisely and joyfully.
Here are just a few of the topics covered as we discussed these six components:
- God as creator, the most fundamental of facts, is excluded from our public schools.
- God's moral standards are not just for the church, they are for every person.
- God says that murder is wrong, if this applies to the unborn, or the seriously ill, then this should affect our view.
- God's law view homosexual conduct as wrong. If so, then this should affect our view on homosexual "marriage".
- There is irrational, violent evil in the world that must be confronted with superior force.
- Human nature is not basically good.
- There are moral standards that exist external to the human race.
There was so much more. I highly recommend you take 52 minutes and listen this recording of our class: