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Series Introduction| Knowing God | The Revelatory God | Goodness of God | Holiness of God
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Life Questions | Genesis 1 & Goodness | Other Scripture & Goodness | Two Worldviews of Self | Difficulties Believing | Satan's Tactics | Handling Evil | Power of Goodness | Psalms 31:9 | Distinctive of God's Goodness | Good, Evil and God | Study Questions & Projects
Worldviews: How should we involve ourselves in this world?
Purpose: Our understanding or lack of understanding of God's goodness greatly shapes how we get involved in the needs of this world. Notice how the Biblical (Christian) worldview compares to the Hindu, Islam, modern secularist, religious worldviews. This is where we see the greatness of God in our lives.
This completes the third main section of The Goodness of God. There are several other appendices providing questions and answers on good and evil, study questions and projects.
God is good
Difficulties of believing
Knowing God's goodness
How should we involve ourselves in this world?
Certain religions such as Hinduism (think of the caste system) and Islam are fate oriented. They accept what is to be God’s will. They resolve not to change (improve) things. If a person is sick, others assume he should be sick, maybe because of bad karma.
People believe that it is best to ignore them. (This is why nurses and hospitals, a blessing from Christianity, are radical innovations for some cultures.)
Those in our modern culture are absorbed with their own abilities. This is because of great riches. People think they can handle the big issues of life and live for their own ease and comfort. Hedonism creates a group of people who can’t be bothered with the needs of others unless it somehow meets their inner needs.
Religious people are often shaped by their religiously-shaped conscience. They feel guilty about what they ought not do, or are trying to make up for some wrong they have done.
They think, “Perhaps God will be angry, they better do something to make amends.” This sort of response is hardly generated from God’s goodness but instead for self, though it be religious in nature.
God has called us to bring His goodness into this needy world. We are to love one another. Yes, it is a command, and we are propelled by God’s direct guidance to love, but there is another element.
We are motivated by His love for us. We seek to please Him and sense a duty to pass on His kindness in our small corner of the world.
Summary on Goodness of God
(1) God is good.
“God is good. This is the way God is. I need to start believing it!”
(2) Difficulties believing.
“I have wrongly understood God’s goodness, myself and the world. Forgive me Lord!”
(3) Knowing God’s Goodness.
“I am but a beggar, trying to grab a crumb of your goodness to feed my own soul. I repent of this narrow and selfish approach. Now let the power of the abundance of your goodness flow into my life for your glory and the sake of others” (Ephesians 3:20-21).
Scriptures typically quoted from the New American Standard Bible unless noted:
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