Wikipedia suggests that a worldview “refers to the framework of ideas and beliefs through which an individual interprets the world and interacts with it.” Merriam-Webster.com puts it simply: “the way someone thinks about the world.” We all have a worldview, even those who may not have ever given it much thought. We all have ideas and thoughts and interpretations of how the world came to be, its current state and how we want it in the future. I would define worldview as the reflection of one’s religion.
Freedictionary.com has several definitions of religion. The first is: “Belief in and reverence for a supernatural power or powers regarded as creator and governor of the universe.” Another is: “A cause, principle, or activity pursued with zeal or conscientious devotion”. According to these definitions, I dare say EVERYONE has a religion, even those who vehemently oppose it. Everyone worships something, be it God, a spiritual leader, nature, money, a philosophy or themselves. In short, our priorities shape our religion, our world view. I could go on and on about mankind’s differing worldviews but my aim is to discuss a Biblical worldview so I’ll bypass the others for now.
As born-again followers of Jesus Christ, we know that the Bible is God’s Holy Word, infallible and eternal. Thus, those who adhere to a Biblical worldview simply view the world as it relates to God’s word. The history of the world and mankind is spelled out in Genesis. The end of the world, as we know it, is spelled out in Revelation. The Meaning of it all lies within those 66 books.
Christians recognize they are sinners and need a savior. We acknowledge that Jesus Christ is the Son of God; that He is God and came to earth to reveal the greatest love story ever told. He is God, and Savior. He rose from the dead and is at the right hand of God the Father, awaiting His second return to the earth. He is source of all Life, the Way to the Father and eternal life and the Truth of all eternity. One day every knee shall bow and tongue shall confess that Jesus is Lord. Bible believing Christians know this to be true and one day everyone who has ever lived will know it too.
That sounds great doesn’t it? It is what we hear and raise our hands to on Sunday morning. However, a Biblical worldview means we live it on Saturday night too. And Tuesday afternoon. Every day, all day.
Many of us have no problem “taking church home with us”. We want to please God because we love Him. We apply the Bible to our everyday lives, but if we have a Biblical worldview we apply it to every facet of our lives as well as extend it to our interpretations of current events and social issues. We weigh what is happening in the world against what God says. When we vote, we want to vote for whomever lines up best with what we consider pleasing to God.
But, we also need to extend our beliefs to what is happening around the world. We know that God is at work, and we can see His plan falling into place when we see it from a Biblical perspective. We also view all humanity from God’s eyes, viewing every life as precious and all people as being eternal souls. This is why I found it difficult to rejoice at the death of Osama Bin Laden. Surprised? Shouldn’t be. He was a very bad man who did some very evil things. He needed the Savior, but died without Him. We should never rejoice at such a time. A Biblical worldview acknowledges that our true enemy is not man, but that lion who searches for whom he may devour: Satan, Lucifer, the devil
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. Ephesians 6:12
Having a Biblical worldview is not just believing the Bible, but B-E-L-I-E-V-I-N-G the Bible and being able to see God at work in the world and throughout history. It is a way of life and a state of mind.
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