Why We Believe?
From academics to athletics, from daily chapel to student life, Cedarville University strives to ground every aspect of the campus experience in biblical truth. And our commitment to diversity is no exception. Using the Word of God as our foundation, we seek to uphold the pattern of diversity God established thousands of years ago — laid out for us in Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation.
It starts with creation, when God spoke humankind into existence, demonstrating His intention and divine order (Genesis 1:27). From the beginning, we were made in His image, the Imago Dei of God's creative spark. In this way, He declares all people — regardless of race, gender, physical ability, or socioeconomic class — equally valuable (Genesis 9:6, 2 Corinthians 3:18). It could not be more evident that God delights in the rich tapestry of diversity.
Unfortunately, as a consequence of the fall, sin introduced a breakdown of the human community in the picture (Isaiah 10:1–2, Amos 5:10–15). But through the death of His son, Jesus Christ, God brought redemption and reconciliation to each of us, placing no hierarchy of value within the body of Christ, but making equality evident through the Savior's life and the life of the early church (Mark 16:15, Acts 10:27–28, Galatians 2:6–14).
God's biblical ethic of love calls us to love all people, to greet strangers, to help those in need, and to treat others as we would like to be treated (Psalm 82:3, John 13:34–35, Ephesians 4:1–6).
All of this will culminate in heaven, where God's future family is beautifully pictured as one consisting of every nation, tribe, people, and language — a place where racial and ethnic diversity remains (Revelation 5:9–10).