Origin, Purpose, and Destiny

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Explore the question of meaning, the question of truth, three cultural trends, three worldviews, and the implications of the Christian worldview with Dr. Ken Boa.

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    1. 1. Origin, Purpose and Destiny Dr. Kenneth Boa Reflections Ministries
    2. 2. Overview The Question of Meaning The Question of Truth Three Cultural Trends Three Worldviews Implications of the Christian Worldview
    3. 3. The Question of Meaning Origin, Purpose, and Destiny
    4. 4. The Question of Truth Origin, Purpose, and Destiny
    5. 5. Three Cultural Trends
    6. 6. Secularization Privatization Pluralization Three Cultural Trends
    7. 7. Three Worldviews
    8. 8. Naturalism Monism Theism Three Worldviews
    9. 9. Three Theistic Alternatives and Missions National Territorial Relational
    10. 10. God does not exist (atheism) We cannot know if God exists (agnosticism) The idea of God is a human creation (e.g., Freud) View of God (Ultimate Reality) Naturalism
    11. 11. Essence: Eternal, uncreated matter Behavior: All events governed by innate, physical laws View of Nature Naturalism
    12. 12. Essence: Totally material/physical Behavior: Self-directed, ethics self-determined Destiny: Life ends at death View of Human Condition Naturalism
    13. 13. View of God (Ultimate Reality) Essence: Impersonal force or spirit Attributes: Beyond morality & human categories Actions: Moves all things toward unity Monism
    14. 14. Essence: Physical realm either an illusion or a manifestation of divinity Behavior: Laws of nature limited to physical reality; not a reflection of true reality View of Nature Monism
    15. 15. Essence: Spiritual/psychic; uncreated; part of divine oneness Behavior: Human ethics unnecessary; goal is self-realization & unity with all things Destiny: Eternal existence; successive incarnations until enlightenment View of Human Condition Monism
    16. 16. View of God (Ultimate Reality) Essence: Personal; uncreated; eternal Attributes: Benevolent; holy; just, intelligent, self-aware Actions: Creator and sustainer of physical realm; source and standard of truth Theism
    17. 17. Essence: Physical realm created by God out of nothing Behavior: Physical realm sustained & ordered by God; reflects certain aspects of God’s character; humanity given mandate to care for created world View of Nature Theism
    18. 18. Essence: Composite of spiritual & material; created by God and for God Behavior: Ethics determined by God; our lives are judged by God Destiny: Eternal life with God or eternal separation from God View of Human Condition Theism
    19. 19. The Splendor of God’s Creation
    20. 20. Features of the World The universe had a beginning The fine-tuning of the universe Specified complexity in living systems Human consciousness Moral values Human dignity, value, and purpose QuickTime™ and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture.
    21. 21. THREE WORLDVIEWS THEISM (Personal) MONISM (Spiritual) NATURALISM (Material)
    22. 22. ORIGIN THEISM Personal Creator MONISM Impersonal Agency (Energy) NATURALISM Impersonal Plus Time and Chance
    23. 23. PURPOSE THEISM Relationships (Other-Centered) MONISM Self-Actualization NATURALISM Survival, Autonomy
    24. 24. DESTINY THEISM Unbounded Relational Life MONISM Absorption (Spiritual Annihilation) NATURALISM Physical Annihilation
    25. 25. THREE WORLDVIEWS WORLDVIEW ORIGIN PURPOSE DESTINY THEISM (Personal) PERSONAL CREATOR RELATIONSHIPS (Other-Centered) UNBOUNDED RELATIONAL LIFE MONISM (Spiritual) IMPERSONAL AGENCY (Energy) SELF- ACTUALIZATIO N ABSORPTION (Spiritual Annihilation) NATURALISM (Material) IMPERSONAL PLUS TIME PLUS CHANCE SURVIVAL, AUTONOMY PHYSICAL ANNIHILATION
    26. 26. Systems of Thought Logical-Open (Greece & Rome) Mystical-Open (Byzantine & Medieval) Logical-Closed (Enlightenment) Mystical-Closed (Postmodern)
    27. 27. False-Truth Claims THE CLAIM RESPONSE There are no absolutes! Are you absolutely sure there are no absolutes? Everything is relative! Are you absolutely sure that everything is relative? Right and wrong are just a matter of one’s perspective! Is that just your own perspective? Truth is only based on one’s subjective feelings! Is that your objective feeling on truth? There is no truth, only the interpretation of truth! Is that your true interpretation of truth?
    28. 28. False-Truth Claims THE CLAIM RESPONSE All worldviews are true! How about the worldview that says ‘No worldviews are true’? God is indescribable, beyond the reach of our puny language and logic! Isn’t that description of God in plain language and logic? All differences are illusionary! Is that an illusionary statement?
    29. 29. False-Truth Claims THE CLAIM RESPONSE All things are in flux-nothing the same from moment to moment! Is that statement in flux, too? You can never know what happened in the past! (there is no such thing as objective history) Isn’t that statement historical once you have stated it? That may be true for you, but it’s not true for me! Is that statement true for me, but not for you?
    30. 30. THREE WORLDVIEWS WORLDVIEW ORIGIN PURPOSE DESTINY THEISM (Personal) PERSONAL CREATOR RELATIONSHIPS (Other-Centered) UNBOUNDED RELATIONAL LIFE MONISM (Spiritual) IMPERSONAL AGENCY (Energy) SELF- ACTUALIZATIO N ABSORPTION (Spiritual Annihilation) NATURALISM (Material) IMPERSONAL PLUS TIME PLUS CHANCE SURVIVAL, AUTONOMY PHYSICAL ANNIHILATION
    31. 31. The Implications of the Christian Worldview
    32. 32. A PERSONAL ULTIMATE ORIGIN PURPOSE DESTINY PERSONAL CREATOR RELATIONSHIPS (Other-Centered) UNBOUNDED RELATIONAL LIFE
    33. 33. A PERSUASIVE LIFE LOGOS MIND ORTHODOXY KNOWING PATHOS HEART ORTHOPATHY BEING ETHOS CHARACTER ORTHOPRAXY DOING
    34. 34. AN EMPOWERED LIFE PERSPECTIVE RENEWED MIND POWER RELIANCE ON THE SPIRIT PRACTICE RADICAL OBEDIENCE
    35. 35. Reflections Ministries Resources Reflections - A free monthly teaching letter ReflectionsMinistries.org website - Daily Growth email and free text and audio resources Spiritual Study Series - A CD of the month subscription QuickTime™ and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture. QuickTime™ and a TIFF (Uncompressed) decompressor are needed to see this picture.

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