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Nature of Reality, Nature of Man, 2) Worldview, Open Mindedness
Let’s define the proper use of that term “open minded.”
You do not want nor would I advocate a mind holding no opinions and never forming a conclusion. This is not what I mean by open minded, that is what is meant by empty mindedness.
What I do mean is that you will rightly and rationally consider evidence and rational arguments that you heard and allow those to either rationally convince you of their truthfulness or not convince you, or convince you of their error based on what is presented.
In other words, the reasonableness of the argument will carry the day, and not the preconceived position of the person presenting it whether that person be scientist, professor, pastor, priest, or king.
Open mindedness does not mean you hold no views or opinions, rather that you consider evidence and rational argument.
Why should we do that? Because the reality is there are only one set of ideas that can perfectly fit the universe as it really is, that is, reality. Finding that set of ideas is not easy.
Allow me to illustrate.
I believe the Bible is the inspired Word of God, that it, in its original form is perfect and without error. The translations we have today are very good translations, but a little less than perfect.
I have just offended some groups of people.
Notably I have offended the people whom I am well familiar with who believe the KJV version of the Bible is the perfect English translation and that it is without error. Then there are those, notable smaller groups, who believe one of the other versions are perfect for various reasons.
There are so many translations and versions that we can categorize them:
Translations of the Bible
Ancient and classical translations:
1. Septuagint (Greek)
Old English Bible translations
2. Targum and Peshitta (Aramaic)
Middle English Bible translations
3. Vetus Latina and Vulgate (Latin)
Early Modern English Bible translations
Within these there may be from one to several dozen translations or versions.
Let’s deal with denominations. I started, as I have in the past, to make a list of Christian churches but the list simply became too long to be of use here. Suffice to say there are dozens of Catholic, Anglican, Pentecostal, Lutheran, Baptist, Presbyterian, and other denominations so numerous as to make simple reference to the numbers in general the preferred choice.
Each of these can be said to have a specific specie, variety, or variation of the general Christian worldview, and each is already classed differently from the others via their denominational name. It is not at all unusual for a person to be raised in one denomination or group and shift multiple times during one’s lifetime to other denomination, each having a different belief on some doctrine that makes enough of a difference to them to have, sometime in the past, broken off from a different group, synod, or denomination.
The general point is, within a major world view, the variations of those are nearly large and as varied as mankind, thus the need herein to point out first that we all carry certain presuppositions, these inform us in general of what we ought or ought not generally accept at first hearing, and each of which is subject to evidence to change the world view.
What has this to do with the subject at hand, to wit, man being created in the image of God? It has to do with understanding what has been propagated, promulgated, or disseminated to you through the specific history of you, your family, and the churches you may have attended.
One of the things passed down through this history is likely as not your idea as to what is meant by mankind being created “In the Image of God.”
This is part of your world view, and, as is the usual case, I am going to dispute what that means by actually insisting we have more in common with God because of how he made us than we may realize.
We are, of course, not all powerful, nor do we have the ability to use those powers to create from nothing, nor does God have any sin, fallenness, or many other things added, amended, or developed because of the fall of man (Genesis 1-3), however, we can examine what the similarities are precisely because he communicated to us through his divine word.