Before my eye-opening experience with God, I wasn’t aware of the term worldview. Soon after my eyes were opened, I was given a video set called The Truth Project, and it helped me realize the significance of how we see the world. God is and has been active in my life, yet I neglected to acknowledge him – either out of doubt or being preoccupied with other things, and by other ideologies.
A worldview requires sense perception and consistent methods of interpretation. Sense perception is necessary and reliable enough for understanding reality. At the same time, that which gives meaning and substance to what is perceived to be real goes beyond the physical and determines our stance on topics such as politics, human rights, family, and all those things that tug at our heart. Worldviews influence self-esteem, decision making, and how we treat others. That is why our outlook on life and how we see the world is important and why we should be cautious of empty deceit.
Solutions to issues in our culture and community can be seen from many angles. Some would believe that the truth about most topics is relative to each person and the angle at which each person is coming at the topic. This belief lacks truth because if it is all relative, then what is true? A secular worldview sees things from a humanistic point of view and would even question God’s supremacy over all, putting man as supreme. When man is ultimately in control and decisions are based on personal preference, our integrity is compromised because not everyone has the same outlook on life.
There are many ideologies that influence our worldview. Some are better than others, but what we are gambling with is our heart. An honest assessment of our character and our views can expose in what and whom we put our confidence. Someone with a biblical worldview has their confidence in one God, the God of the Holy Bible.
A biblical worldview recognizes God as sovereign, righteous and as Creator, the uncaused Cause. It is highly considerate of the nature of God, God as in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The inerrancy of the Bible is core since a biblical worldview is grounded in the Bible and God’s truth claims.
The Bible was given by God and, believe it or not, it is true – much physical evidence is available. The challenge is how we come together and consistently interpret and explain all that is available to us. Responsible use of the mediums that we have at our disposal and actively discerning what we are exposed to as consumers is imperative to avoid being deceived into illogical behaviors and ideas.(2) These ideas will shape our worldview and affect how we think and what we choose to believe. Eliminating all ideas that oppose the majority would help a particular ideology, but at the same time limit our understanding of reality. So when considering different opinions, we must be careful not to compromise biblical truth for temporary comfort.
One way to measure the tension between worldviews and what is at risk is our identity. At one point I questioned who I was, asking myself, “Am I who they say I am?” This process was difficult because of how much “their” opinion meant to me. Since we are all opinionated at times, let’s agree that opinions do matter and serve a purpose, but they are not what we should base our identity on. Opinions, just like characteristics, are going to change with time, but God is not limited by time and he does not change. When people and all the things in which we find so much significance let us down, remember that we were created by God and for God.
Our identity has been established, and our understanding of it is limited by time, so we must not waste it. God himself said “let us make man in our own image” (Genesis 1:26), and it was done. Then in a selfless expression of love, God made himself known physically, in Jesus, reconciling all of mankind once and for all. When I came to the understanding of the power of the gospel, my trajectory in life and my interpretation of the world around me was different.
Knowing your worth in Christ is good, but loving your neighbor as yourself is equally as important. Understanding all doctrine might not be necessary for salvation, but working to do so will strengthen your faith and your defense for what you believe. What I believe and placing my confidence in God has impacted my life, and that of those around me, in many good ways.
We can easily be misled into dangerous territory because naturally we are intelligent, creative, and emotional people. We can be curious, and the mind is powerful, so there is a lot at stake and the attacks come from different angles. For example, education, entertainment, religions, and politics are some areas where crafty deception is lurking for its victims. We can be challenged intellectually, spiritually, and emotionally, and for that reason we must “be strong in the Lord” (Ephesians 6:10) and hold on firmly to His word. His revelation is a blessing and our best defense. Most importantly, we have an intercessor – his name is Jesus (Romans 8:34). The gospel of Jesus Christ is essential in our walk as we follow Him. As humble followers of Jesus, we must fix our eyes on him as he leads us “in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake” (Psalms 23). This Christian worldview stands on a firm foundation that has stood the test of time. “I say this in order that no one may delude you with plausible arguments” (Colossians 2:4 ESV).
Blog authored by Jaime Martinez