What is the origin of the universe?
What is the origin of life?
What is the origin of humankind?
This week I would like to continue in my worldview series. As a school, it is an important job to help students develop a worldview that is based on truth. We expect to flesh out the answers to life’s big questions so that the students can live with purpose. As part of this worldview development, we hope that our curriculum and program develop a student’s understanding of how this all came into existence.
The origin of the universe is a significant question to be answered. When academically studying worldviews, this aspect is referred to as someone’s cosmological view. Often because of our answer to the inquiry of where it all began, the rest the big questions of life are dependent in order to be consistent.
Of course, there are implications to whatever view we hold about the origin of the universe, life, and humankind. If you believe that things came to be primarily by chance, then the universe, the physical laws life, and even human life have no significance. Conversely, as Dr. Funk said, this implies that human thought and action themselves have limited significance: in the Big Picture, one thought or act is equivalent to any other. On the other hand, if the universe was created by a Creator-Designer, then it can be inferred that He had a plan or purpose. Moreover, what a person does should fit into or support that plan.
Simply, if we believe the Truth that there is a God that created it all, then this God created it for a purpose; and, we must determine what our place is in that purpose.
“This act [creation], as it is for God, must always remain totally inconceivable to man. For we–even our poets and musicians and inventors–never, in the ultimate sense make. We only build. We always have materials to build from. All we can know about the act of creation must be derived from what we can gather about the relation of the creatures to their Creator”
― C.S. Lewis, Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer
Funk, K. (2001, March 21). What is a worldview? Retrieved April 12, 2016, from http://web.engr.oregonstate.edu/~funkk/Personal/worldview.html. Essay Series