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Personal Reflection on Christian Worldview


by Satya Maharjan

Christian Worldview:

The Christian worldview begins with belief that this world was created in a certain time and period in history by God of the Bible. God meant this world to be good, but the humanity’s rebellion against God caused it to be tainted with sin. It no more became the good world that God once created and became one that was full of sin, evil, and suffering.

Yet the loving creator God has not abandoned His people and His creation. He had a divine plan to redeem it. Thus he sent His only begotten Son Jesus for that very purpose. Due to his sacrifice, we know that this world and His people will come to its original form of goodness again. Until then, we seek to be in right relationship with God living in his holiness. Continue reading Personal Reflection on Christian Worldview

Sunday Terminology: Polytheism


Polytheism: The English equivalent of the Greek word meaning πολυς and θεος is, many god(s).  This is the belief system that teaches there are more than one God. A plurality of distinct and separate deities or a pantheon of gods and goddesses exists. However, polytheists do not necessarily worship all deities equally, but they tend to particularize one god as a main god over many other gods and goddesses. In this sense, they can be more Henotheists, differentiating one deity as the main one for worshiping. “Polytheism is distinguished from theism, also called monotheism, on the basis of polytheism’s claim that divinity, while personal and distinguished from the universe, is many rather than one.”[1] It is also contrasted with pantheism, though these two doctrines are embraced side by side in the same religious traditions in the East. All other religious beliefs in the world are overwhelmingly polytheistic with the exception of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Hinduism, Mahayana Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Shintoism in the East are characterized as polytheism.

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Footnotes:

[1] Walter A. Elwell, Evangelical dictionary of theology (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Book House, 1984), 861. Print.

Opposing Worldview: Buddhism in Brief


Buddhist Worldview:

Unlike Hinduism, the worldview of Buddhism derives from Sidhartha Gautama. The belief system that Siddhartha taught after his enlightenment is called Buddhism. We do not have any hints that trace Buddha’s original teaching about the origin of the universe. Even Anand Bhikkshu and other close attendants and disciples of Buddha had not recorded the particular teaching of Buddha on creation in Sutta Pitak which is considered as Buddha’s sermons. Buddhism has two main forms which are known as (i) Theravada school that represents the conservative teaching of Buddha and (ii) Mahayana – a liberal school. Continue reading Opposing Worldview: Buddhism in Brief