American Lit; per. 6
Worldview point #3 * What do you think is the nature of humanity? * Humanity is a needy and curious species, they need love to feel happy and complete except the majority don’t know where to look. * Are human beings personal or impersonal at their most essential? * Human beings are meant to live in a community based on love and truth, therefore they are meant to live as personal individuals because their nature demands it. * Is a person a machine, an organism, a Gestalt, a spirit or some combination? * A person’s body is a biological machine, it is not ours as stated in I Corinthians 6:19-20 “19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.” Our souls though are completely different; they are what God breathed into our bodies. They are what God uses to identify each one of us and remember us. Whether or not He remembers us is up to us though and it relies upon the fact if we were following Him or not. Psalm 103:2 “Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.” * What, if anything, distinguishes human beings from animals (or other animals)? * The ability to elevate ourselves into higher forms of consciousness and spiritual activity. The obligation to have to pick through a world of twisty lies, hypocrisy, and vanity in order to reach the One Truth that will give us our True Purpose. * How are human beings related to God (if He is held to exist?) * If Evolutionists, Atheists, etc. were sincere with themselves and started to question their theories, then they would eventually come to the point where we were supposedly created by a chemical accident and notice that something or someone else HAD to intervene in order for us to have reached our present state. This “someone or something” must have been a higher form of conscience an supremely intelligent being, when they get to this point they will understand that that is God.
Humanity is a living and growing monument to God’s ingenuity in the sense that we are His biggest achievement and let down. Same with a father, when his son makes him proud he feels his life’s work has paid off but, when his son disappoints him he feels sad and disappointed. This is why we are ultimately related to Him because He IS OUR FATHER AND HE LOVES US FOR THIS REASON HE SENT HIS SON TO DIE FOR US! * Do people have control over themselves or are all their actions determined or programmed? * Some reactions are pre-programmed without them a baby wouldn’t know who the woman carrying him is and would much less understand when she breast-feeds him. These and other universal gestures, actions, emotions are understood by all humanity because they were part of our fetal development. All emotions are positive and divine attributes, the problem with emotions is that we usually are not able to control them or know how to use them. Sometimes we simply can’t understand them, nurture them, or notice them. * If they have free will, how is this possible in light of the nature of God and the universe? * Free will fits in the universe perfectly no doubt about that, but what most people tend to think is that if free will is supposedly “free” then how come all things have been planned out by God already; that would make everything predestined, pre-thought meaning nothing we can do is our ultimate decision in the end it was given to