All About Worldview

To be honest, it is all about worldview.

Paul Little says this “The Christian can never forget that God can act in miraculous ways and in the past He often chose to. The Bible discloses that He was involved in His original creation and continues in a wise and purposeful relationship with it.  While there are no problems for which there is yet no explanation, there is no fundamental conflict between science and scripture.”

How can Mr. Little write that?

Don’t Christians have conflicts with science all the time? What about global warming?  What about the origin of man?  What about the age of the earth?

How Mr. Little can say what he says is because the conflicts we perceive are really only conflicts between interpretations of facts.

Let’s take the main idea we have discussed all week; the origin of man.

What point of view will the non-believer scientist bring to the information about the origin of man? That determines how he will interpret the facts.  What does his worldview do about the information about the origin of man?  1) There is no God.  2) Everything happened by chance.

What point of view will the believer bring to information about the origin of man? 1) There is a God.  2) God initiated creation and is still actively involved with His creation.

It is all about world view.

Worldview is the ideology, philosophy, theology, movement or religion that provides an overarching approach to understanding God, the world and man’s relationship to God and the world. Christianity provides a consistent explanation of all the facts of reality.  David Noebel in his book Thinking Like a Christian states that “Christianity is the embodiment of Christ’s claim that He is “the way, the truth and the life [John 14:6].  When we say “this is the Christian way,” we mean “this is the way Christ would have us act in such a situation.”

It is a big deal to try to think and act as Jesus instructed us to act.

The chapter this week is about science and that discipline has provided challenges for the Christian worldview for many, many years but challenges come from many parts of the culture today other than science [education—poor student behavior in school, sociology—the breakup of the traditional family etc.].

The vast majority of Christians today don’t concern themselves about worldview.

But worldview is your core. Worldview is your foundation.  Worldview is what you are rooted in.

Paul in his epistle to the Colossians [2] says that those who have received Christ “are to be rooted and built up in Him, strengthened in the faith as they were taught.” Continuing on in Colossians, the Christian must see to it that no one takes him “captive through philosophy and empty deceit based on human tradition, based on the elemental forces of the world and not based on Christ.”

The primary source for the Christian worldview is The Bible. We regard God’s Word as Divine Inspiration, God’s special revelation to man.  When you look at the world through the lens of the Bible, the world begins to take on a different hue.

However many today try to compartmentalize their lives. In certain situations, they behave in a secular fashion and in others they behave in a sacred fashion.  They see no problem with that.

But there is. God wants more of us than compartmentalization.  He wants us to be wholly devoted to Him all the time.

It is hard. I will be the first to admit that.

Jesus came to earth and presented an impossible goal for all of us. He asks a lot of us as we maneuver our way through this life.  Even as He distilled all the commandments down to  “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets”.   That is a very high bar.

I would like to propose that one of the basic things that will happen to a person as they become a sincere follower is they will begin to develop a Christian worldview, even if they are not sure what worldview means.

What will you say to the inquisitor who asks you about the origin of man? [if you have that Christian worldview]

1)There is a God. 2) God initiated creation and is still actively involved with His creation.

 

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