This Week we dive into the topic of Man. Who is man, and the problem of Evil. At it's absolute core everyone's worldview sits atop their answer to two seemingly simple questions; "Who is man?" and "Who is God?" So this week more than anything we are tackling the idea of Evil. And by looking at man and who man is we uncover the roots of evil and where evil comes from. For some with a secular worldview, evil is something that is decided on a case by case basis and what is evil for you may be ok for me. But even when there is some disagreement on what is evil and what is good there are some cultural norms that are basically accepted across the board, such as things like murder and child abuse. But where do we get the idea that these things are indeed evil? What is our measuring stick? Is it the same measuring stick that God uses? The question that was debated last night at length was whether or not sin and evil are the same thing? Share some of your thoughts as we begin to wrestle with and unpack this subject of evil and its connection to man.
So as we have done before I have listed several questions for you to consider this week. I would love to hear your thoughts and invite you to use this forum for conversation about this topic as we all work toward developing a deeper relationship with God and an increasingly deeper and richer biblical worldview.
1. Let's discuss the truth claim that man is basically good. Do you see any evidence that our culture has bought this notion? What is that evidence? Do you think we live in a culture of "blame"? If so, how is that linked to the notion that man is basically good? What about the idea of "tolerance"? any linkage? Why or why not?
2. Consider Maslow's position that man must self-actualize by getting in touch with their inner desires and bring them out. What are the consequences of this? Why would it give rise to a hostility toward Christianity?
3. Let's revisit the Carl Rogers' statement: "I do not find that evil is inherent in human nature." What are the implications of this view of man in relation to what man really needs? What does it do to the biblical concept that man needs a Savior?
4. Why do you think Christians so often feel "stumped" when non-belivers point to the existence of evil in the world? According to this discussion this week, what is the ultimate source of evil?
5. How does your worldview influence your definition of evil?
6. What are the major differences between the Bible's view of man and autonomous man's view of himself?
7. How might a person's understanding of human nature and the meaning of human life determine his or her behavior or lifestyle? Given the basic distinctions between biblical and man-centered anthropology, how would we expect a believer's behavior to differ from that of a non-believer?
8. How do differing views of mankind play into the social struggles and conflicts we see in our culture today?
I can't wait to hear what you guys think about this tremendously important topic.