“Wise men should not boast of their wisdom, nor strong men of their strength, nor rich men of their wealth. If anyone wants to boast, he should boast that he knows and understands me, because my love is constant, and I do what is just and right. These are the things that please me. (Jeremiah 9: 23-24)
A worldview is a particular philosophy of life or a perception of the world based on one’s values and convictions. For example, a two-year old believes he’s the center of the world, an atheist believes that this world is all there is, and a Buddhist believes that he can be liberated from all this life’s desires and escape suffering by finding Nirvana.
A Christian worldview provides the foundation to understand the world and all of its complexities from God’s perspective and guides the Christian to live according to God’s will. What you believe becomes the driving force behind every emotion, decision, and action.
According to the Barna Research Group, only 4% of Americans have a Biblical worldview. The devastating results from a secular worldview are witnessed every day in the news headlines by immorality, broken families, wasted lives, and a loss of hope in the future.
Non-biblical worldviews bombard us daily from television, radio, film, music, magazines, books, academia, and the internet. Because we live in a fallen world, these ideas seductively appeal to our flesh and we often end up incorporating them into our daily lives without ever realizing it.
The basic premise of a Christian worldview is that absolute truth exists and that the triune God is the source of all truth as revealed in the person of Jesus Christ, the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, or through the inerrant Word of God.
Sanctify them by means of the truth; Your Word is truth. (John 17:17)
In this day of moral relativism, it’s ever more important to hold onto a Christian worldview which believes that God is in control of ALL situations (good and bad), and that He works all things for good. This doesn’t mean that bad things won’t happen to good people. It does mean that the Christian, who faces life’s storms, will hold on to the Christian worldview and have Jesus as their cornerstone to get them through any occurrence.
The Christian worldview believes in Creationism, a purpose in our existence, and life after death. It believes that eternal salvation cannot be earned through works, but through faith, alone, in Jesus Christ.
Additional References: Romans 12:2, Colossians 2:8, 1 John 2:15
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