Romans 1-8: Theistic World View

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Many people, both scholars and the average citizen, read the whole Bible several times throughout their life. People read the same verses over and over, but still manage to reap a different meaning each time. Despite being written by men, the Bible is God’s inspired Word and is our best way to get to know Him. One of God’s chosen authors, Paul, wrote the book of Romans as a letter to believers, Jewish and Gentiles alike, in Rome towards the end of his third missionary journey (Cartwright and Hulshof). As Paul teaches the Gospel in Romans 1-8, he begins to shape a theistic worldview that relates to the natural world, human identity, human relationships, and culture. Romans 1-8 allows insight to the natural world, shaping a theistic worldview.…show more content…
In Romans 3, he makes it clear that all are sinners. During that time, there were Jews and Gentiles apart of the same church. But in Romans 3 Paul writes, “What then? Are we better than they? Not at all. For we have previously charged both Jews and Greeks that they are all under sin,” (NKJV, v. 9). He then goes on to quote Psalms reinforcing his point. Since all are under the law, none are justified (NKJV, Romans 3:20). After establishing an equal identity across all nations, Paul reminds believers who we are. In Romans 6, Paul states, “For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace,” (NKJV, v. 14). Paul’s point is that we do not live in death, but in life, and not an ordinary life, but a life in God. This is because a Spirit dwells in us and “the Spirit is life because of righteousness,” (NKJV, Romans 8:10). Paul makes it very clear that we are God’s and we are life, not death. Therefore, the next question is: What should we set our minds to? According to Paul, we set our minds to the Spirit and life. Not things of the flesh or death. When we are reminded who we are, we can focus on developing a worldview. Personally, living in the Spirit is very difficult. There are so many distractions, especially with today’s technology. I also feel that many people are insecure because they live for the approval of others. I have developed my worldview around the fact that I cannot be
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