Apocalyptic: A term used to describe a literary *genre and worldview where “secrets” are revealed about the heavenly world or the kingdom of God (and the end of the world). These secrets are usually delivered through dreams or visions or by otherworldly messengers (e.g., angels) and are expressed in vivid symbols or metaphors. Apocalyptic works flourished during the Greco-Roman period (c. 200 B.C. to A.D. 200) and are not limited to biblical books but were part of the broader culture of the Mediterranean world. Often in apocalyptic literature an admonition is given to the audience to persevere and to be faithful. The community is warned that it will experience a time of suffering, but this will be followed by vindication of the righteous and a punishment of the wicked. See also apocalypse; apocalypticism.
Arthur G. Patzia;Anthony J. Petrotta. Pocket Dictionary of Biblical Studies (p. 13). Kindle Edition.
by Satya Maharjan
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 →
Mysticism: The view that it is possible to gain experiential knowledge of that which transcends the limits of human reason and sensory perception. When associated with a religious tradition (as is usually the case), the mystic holds that it is possible to gain an awareness of God or ultimate reality through certain kinds of experiences, which are often claimed to be ineffable. Theists interpret such experiences as making possible a special intimacy or oneness with God but deny the monistic claim that in such experiences the mystic becomes aware of an identity with God.
 C.Stephen Evans, Pocket Dictionary of Apologetics & Philosophy of Religion (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2002), 78.
Worldviews; Undeniable Framework for One’s Identity for being Human.
“Get correct views of life, and learn to see the world in its true light. It will enable you to live pleasantly, to do good, and, when summoned away, to leave without regret.” Robert E. Lee.
Lee, an influential American Military Staff in the 19th century, simply tells people to get a correct view of life and the world. The quotation was merely a new exposition of the concept people already had deposited about God, Supreme Being, self, the universe, life and death etc. Nevertheless, people might not have been aware of those presuppositions in terms of what we call “Worldview,” despite the fact that they already had that notion in their mind in the developmental process of seeking some understanding of his/her own significance as an independent human being.
These piece of information leads us to say, without an ounce of doubt, that everyone has his/her own worldview, and no one can deny disagreeing on it. Billions of people around the world have some certain presuppositions which are more or less consistent but not precise about the world they live in. And those presuppositions are the driving mechanism for conventional human behaviors in everyday life activities. Basically, worldview is working as a skeletal structure of cognitive postulations to show the reality of life. At the same time, it provides the meaning and purpose of life. Here, I am going to lay ground for Christian worldview by presenting three different worldviews from three major religions: Hinduism, Buddhism, and Christianity respectively. Continue reading Opposing Worldviews: Hinduism in Brief →
"Who is Jesus..."
according to popular culture?
according to Matthew?
according to Mark?
according to Luke?
and according to you?
This is a fundamental question that was being raised over and over in the gospels. People around the world have also been asking the same question who Jesus really is. The same question Jesus asked Pharisees and his disciples in the first century who they think he was. This question remains and will continue to remain on the table for debate and explanation for the days to come. And our generation has a burden to tell the world who Jesus really is, as he is revealed to us in the gospel accounts and extra biblical materials.
ACCORDING OT POPULAR CULTURE
According to popular culture, Jesus is a man who was born into a nomadic people group in the vicinity of Palestine 2000 years ago. He is a good moral teacher and revolutionary leader. Probably, he is an apocalyptic teacher. In the throng of isms, some have very lowly view of Jesus. A person like Oprah Winfrey thinks that Jesus is a ‘guru’ who came to the world to awake our Christ’s consciousness that was non-operational in its deep slumber. He is a path or a god who can lead to the essence of all consciousness.
The another conception about Jesus in our present day culture is that he is a man who claimed to be the Messiah but failed miserably to live up to his own claim. He is a poor deluded guy. And some people are simply ignorant to all the historical facts and reject that he ever lived in this world. Continue reading Who is JESUS? →