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Worldview Made Practical Issue 2-5

Worldview Made Practical Issue 2-5

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What is Relational Revelation
What is Relational Revelation

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Introduction
Today’s article is the last of the series related to defining the various worldviews. Over the last couple of months I havegiven you an overview of Naturalism, Animism, Far Eastern Thought and Theism. Today I will complete this series bylooking a Relational Revelation.Just to be clear, Relational Revelation is actually a form of Theism. It is just that it is the worldview expression which rep-resents the way reality is actually organized. It is important to have a firm understanding of this because it is what Godwants us to conform our lives to. It is my great desire that this explanation help you in your quest to conform your life morefully to Christ.Let me also take a moment to encourage you to explore the resources on the MarketFaith Ministries website. We are con-tinuing to add more and more articles and other assets which can greatly help your understanding of worldview, andwhich can give you tools to be more effective in your faith life and witness. Almost everything on the website is free. Theonly things you can buy are my books. We are doing all we can to create one of the best worldview libraries anywhere.There are also a couple of ways you can help us, and I would like to ask for your consideration at this time.
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Something is truth. That is to say, reality is organized insome way. And whatever that way is, it is not somethingelse. Any description that strays from the way reality is ac-tually organized is not the truth. It is totally and completelyillogical that it could be organized in more than one way.Obviously there are disputes as to what that “one way” is.This is why an understanding of worldview is so critical. Thedifferent worldviews are simply attempts by human beingsto understand and describe that truth. Since every world-view literally contradicts every other worldview, only onecan possibly be right. All of the others are necessarilywrong.This kind of exclusive approach to understanding truth isvery much out of vogue in many circles. But the fact is,even those who don’t like the idea of exclusivity excludeeveryone who does not agree with them.Relational Revelation is a term that I have coined to repre-sent what Christians deem to be the ultimate truth about thenature of reality. Though I have chosen to create this newterm, it actually represents traditional Biblical Christianity.Relational Revelation is a form of Theism. And while itmatches up with many of the basic elements of Theism ingeneral, there are some specific elements which make itunique in its own right. We will look at those special ele-ments below, and once those are explained it will be possi-ble to compare them with other forms of Theism to seewhere the differences lie.I have already mentioned that there is one understanding of reality that is true and that all others are necessarily wrong.Relational Revelation is that one True belief system. There-
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Volume 2 Number 5 March 14, 2007
What is Relational Revelation?
 
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First, I would like to ask if you would please take a moment to forward this issue of 
Worldview Made Practical 
to everyChristian that you know. We would like to make as many people as possible aware of this resource. Encourage them tosign up to receive it for themselves. As you know, this is absolutely free.Secondly, we are looking for opportunities to share the worldview seminars with churches and other Christian organiza-tions. Would you please share this with your pastor or leader and have that person contact us about the possibility of bringing this great resource to your organization.Finally, I would like to ask for your financial support. At this point our expenses are not very high, but it does take a certainamount of money to keep the website maintained and to purchase office supplies. We are currently running slightly in thered and would deeply appreciate it if you would consider a tax deductible contribution to MarketFaith Ministries.Please let us hear from you concerning things you would like to know about worldview and let us know how we can serveyou better.God bless,Freddy(
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efore, it is essential that we understand it as fully as possible and learn how we can conform our lives to it, to the broadestextent possible.
Basic Premise and Implications of Relational Revelation
Basic Assumption:
There is a personal, infinite, transcendent God who is Creator and Sustainer. He created mankind for the purpose of relationship with himself and has specifically revealed himself and his ways. He provided the means for ac-complishing this relationship through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Implications:
Relational Revelation lends itself to an impact on culture that is both moral and positive. It does all of this ina way that puts a priority on a personal relationship with God as the motivation for fulfilling his purposes. It is not just theend result that matters. The means by which the outcome is brought about is also vital. The proper means for accomplish-ing the purposes of God are conveyed by personal instruction from God himself to individual human beings.Relational Revelation is a specialized form of Theism and is the only worldview that allows for a completely coherent andcomprehensive understanding of our perceptions of reality, and which has a basis for backing it up. This does not meanthat we have answers to every question that we would like to have the answer to. There are certainly some things that welong to know which are beyond our human ability to understand.The pure view of Relational Revelation, though, does cover all of the bases. There are categories for understanding thepart of reality that we interact with physically, and for understanding that part which is beyond the reach of the senses. Andit does all of this in a way that matches up with the way human beings actually experience life. As human beings, we:experience life as personal, self-aware beings,have a sense of transcendence,experience life in relationships,experience life based on spiritual qualities,experience life based on natural laws,are capable of knowledge,have a sense of morality,experience time as linear, andexperience the world as objective.Every worldview has to deal with these issues, but only in Relational Revelation do all of these things fit neatly within theworldview. Every other worldview must somehow “finesse” some of them.
How Relational Revelation Answers the 7 Worldview Questions
What is the nature of ultimate reality? 
There is a personal, infinite, transcendent God who is Creator and Sustainer. He, himself is eternal and dwells in an eter-nal reality, which extends beyond the physical universe. This greater part of eternal reality is divided into two parts - thatpart where his presence exists (usually referred to as heaven) and the part where his presence does not exist (usually re-ferred to as hell). Other created spiritual beings also exist, some which are aligned with God and some which are not.
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Those which are not dwell in that part of eternity which is separated from God. Beings which exist in the spiritual part of reality are able to interact in some ways with humanity.
What is the nature of material reality? 
The material universe was intentionally created by God in order to accomplish a specific purpose in his economy. It oper-ates on the basis of natural law. Because he is the creator, God is able to interact with material reality in a way that doesnot disturb the natural order – we refer to this kind of interaction as a miracle.
What is a human being? 
Human beings are a special creation of God and were created for the specific purpose of interacting with him. Human be-ings are created “in God’s image” which means that they are, in essence, spiritual persons which have the same basicpersonal characteristics as God himself – characteristics such as eternalness, self-awareness, knowledge, purposeful-ness, creativity, etc. Individuals are able to establish a relationship with God by personal faith in Jesus Christ.
What happens to a person at death? 
At death, the physical body dies, but the eternal spirit continues living. At physical death, the spirit is transferred to either heaven or hell depending on how the person responded to the overtures of God in their physical life.
Why is it possible to know anything at all? 
Mankind has the capacity for knowledge because he is a creature who is created in the image of God, who himself hasthat ability. Mankind is also able to know some things that reach beyond physical reality because God has revealed cer-tain spiritual truths.
How do we know right and wrong? 
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are availablefree of charge in .pdf (Acrobat) format in the archives athttp://www.marketfaith.org.PERMISSION TO REPRINT: If you wish to reprint thismonth’s article in your own print or electronic newsletter,please include the following paragraph:Reprinted from
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; a free e-zineproduced by MarketFaith Ministries featuring practicalteaching and life tools to help Christians become more ef-fective in their faith life. Discover MarketFaith Ministries atwww.marketfaith.org.Morality is based on transcendent truths which emerge outof the very essence of God. God himself is holy and he hasestablished a moral law based on that holiness. Humanbeings are able to know the nature of right and wrong be-cause God has revealed this knowledge to man.
What is the meaning of human history? 
Time is a linear succession of events that began withGod’s creation and is moving toward the fulfillment of hispurposes.
What are the Practical Implications of Relational Reve-lation?
Life Issues
- Abortion, Euthanasia, Suicide, Genocide,Murder, “Right to die,” Terrorism, War The teachings of Relational Revelation reveal a high re-gard for the sanctity of life. It is particularly clear that mur-der is not acceptable, as the taking of innocent life. Thereare cases where the taking of life is acceptable, even if un-fortunate, but none of those cases involve the taking of in-nocent life. Abortion, euthanasia, suicide, genocide, “rightto die” issues, murder, and terrorism all fit into the categoryof taking innocent life. War can go either way depending onthe particular circumstances of the war.
Sexual Issues
- Adultery, Bigamy, Polygamy, Exhibition-ism, Fornication, Homosexuality, Pedophilia, Pornography,Bestiality, Prostitution, RapeRelational Revelation views proper sexual activity as beingwithin the context of the sacred spiritual union of marriage – between a man and a woman. This activity was designedto be exercised only within the bonds of marriage, and anyactivity outside of the marriage relationship is consideredwrong. Additionally, improper sexual activity also has a
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