Letters to the Romans: Lessons LearnedMade up of sixty-six books that have been translated into over two hundred different languages with more than fifty different versions in English alone, what does the Holy Bible really say about life today and Christian worldview1? To put it understated, there is such an abundant amount of information and guidance that can be taken from the Bible, no matter if someone is reading the Bible for the first time or the seventy-seventh time. But, where to begin? The first eight chapters of Paul’s writings to the Roman believers is an excellent resource for establishing and molding a Christian’s biblical worldview. The foundational building blocks of a biblical worldview throughout Romans chapters 1 through 8 specifically include; the natural world, human identity, human relationships, and culture, further more by understanding what a Christian’s worldview should be comprised of, with in the truth of scripture, it will allow Christians to be a shining light for God in a world of darkness. The Natural WorldA biblical worldview of the natural world has foundations set with the beginning, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1, NIV). In Paul’s letters to the Romans a creation made by God is also acknowledged. “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse” (Romans 1:20, NIV). This claim of God as the maker of the heavens and Earth as well as His capability to show powerthrough His creation ultimately challenges Christians to open their eyes and look around. In 1 “Bible: Why Are There Different Versions of The Bible?” accessed July 26, 2015. http://www.bible.ca/b-many-versions.htm1
Frey 1 Dr. Love BIBL 110-003 Romans Essay The book of Romans is by far one of the most profound books of the Bible. Paul is writing to the church in Rome whom Paul was very fond of. Paul views the church in Rome as the ones who will carry out his missionary work. Focusing specifically on Romans chapters 1-8 we will look at how Paul portrays the natural world, human identity, human relationships, culture, and how all of these aspects affect my worldview. Our natural world is full of constant sin, and we have no way to get away from thing, but to turn to God. Paul mentions the sinners in Rome and they somewhat mimic the same sin that happens in our society and world today. In the first three chapters of Romans Paul talks about condemnation. He mentions the pagans, moralists, and Jews who are all people that are under condemnation for their sinful acts. Therefore, I believe that this is one of the first examples of what Paul teaches us about the natural world. That no matter what our world will be full of constant sin and if we fall into that sin then we will be punished. He says that our whole world is under sin; therefore, we are sinners and we cannot be justified by just works or even by the law. He teaches us that the natural world is not a friendly place. If we look ahead in scripture Paul lays it out perfectly, “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect (Romans 12:2).” In Romans 1-8 human identity is seen as someone being either saved or unsaved. In Paul’s time human identity could also be seen as either Jew or Gentile. The identity of the Jews and the Gentiles is the basis behind the teaching about human identity in Romans. As I said Frey 2 before Rome mimics our world today. The Jews in Rome were under condemnation from God because, thought they have God’s law and they think they’re righteous because of it, but in fact they were actually breaking it in many ways. The Jews are Gods chosen people; however, that does not mean that they are above the law. In fact, since the Jews were disobeying God and going against the scripture they were given their hypocrisy caused many Gentiles to blaspheme and ridicule the God of the Bible. This can be seen as a domino effect. Paul is teaching us that all are accountable and no one is above the law. Today our human relationships are no different then they were in Paul’s day. No matter a Jew or Gentile, believer or non believer, we are all prone to sin. Relationships are very important in how we interact with people all around us. We touch a multitude of people every day and we should do so by faith. Even though we cannot get away from sin in our lives its okay, because we have the ultimate relationship with Jesus Christ that wipes our sins away. Culture is a critical part of God’s plan. In the society we live and interact in people make God plural. People idolize everything; work, money, play, women, etc. We can not get away from it. It’s everywhere we look. In Rome people like Caesar told the people that he was god. Even today people put themselves on a pedestal hoping and wanting other people to worship them. As I mentioned previously, there are still pagans in our world to day making gods out of things that they should not. Even the “Jews” of today make wrong choices and pluralize God. This once again creates a domino effect and causes people to turn away from what is right. Everything in the book of Romans describes what a worldview consists of. By analyzing these same things, we can better understand what our biblical worldview should look like. A worldview is defined as, “The overall perspective from which one sees and interprets the world.” It is a basic set of beliefs and assumptions about the most important things in life, like God, Frey 3 morality, self, life, and the afterlife. A biblical worldview however, consists of creation, fall , and redemption. Paul is helping us know what a biblical worldview is supposed to look like. He describes the world and the sin that’s in it, but doesn’t forget to encourage us in our faith. In conclusion, the first 8 chapters in the book of Romans tell us a lot about how we should live out our lives. Paul is writing his letter to the church in Rome, but really the Rome very accurately depicts our world today. The examples Paul uses are the same one we have today. Paul portrays the natural world, human identity, human relationships, culture, and how all of these aspects affect my worldview. Romans is by far one of the most profound books of the Bible for our world today.