“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ” (Colossians 2:8, NIV). Dr. James Sire, defines a worldview as “the fundamental perspective from which one addresses every issue of life” (2015), and Dr. Del Tackett further defines a biblical worldview as being “based on the infallible Word of God” (n.d.). “The Bible is, on the whole, a narrative through which God gives us the Truth about Himself, humanity and the world” (Phillips, Brown & Stonestreet, 2008). Being a Christian, it is most reasonable to me to depend on the Bible, as the Word of God, to define my view of the world.
There is one God, creator of the heavens and the Earth (Genesis 1). He is all-powerful (Jeremiah 32:17) and “the heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands” (Psalm 19:1). David writes in the 139th Psalm of how God is everywhere, we cannot escape God’s presence. God is sovereign, “His dominion is an eternal dominon; his kingdom endures from generation to generation. All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the power of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: ‘What have you done?’” (Daniel 4:34b-35). God is consistent and never changes (Malachi 3:6a). I believe in the trinity, that God is one God but in three persons: God the Father, God the Son (Jesus Christ), and God the Holy Spirit. I believe in Jesus Christ as the only son of God, born of a virgin, who lived a sinless life, who died on a cross, was buried, and rose from the grave three days later that through Him we might be saved. God is God. He is reliable in who He says He is. He can be trusted.
Genesis 1:1-2 and Psalm 33:6 testify that all of creation came from the breath of God, through His spoken word all of creation came to be. There once was nothing, and from nothing God made everything. I believe in the literal interpretation of Genesis chapter 1, that all of creation was made in six days and on the seventh day God rested. God created man out of the dust of the earth and gave him breath by His breath, and that woman was created to be a helpmeet to man formed from man’s rib (Genesis 1:27, 2:22). Ephesians 2:10 tells us that “we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” God created us for purpose, and that purpose is to love, serve, and worship God. Knowing my purpose gives me direction in life, it orients me and allows me to better decide what actions I should take. Knowing that all of Creation was deemed good by God, and that we were placed here to tend it, makes me thoughtful of how I take care of my environment. It is for my use, but I should not neglect it.
I believe that when we die we immediately face the judgement of the Lord (Hebrews 9:27), the result of that judgement is either Heaven or Hell. There are no second chances after you die, the decisions you make this side of death will determine where you spend eternity. Jesus says, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6) and earlier He tells Martha, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies” (John 11:25). Romans 10:9-10 tells us “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” I take seriously the great commission to “go and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28:19a), as every person’s eternal life in heaven depends upon them hearing of Christ and choosing for themselves whom they will serve.
Knowledge comes from God. The entire book of Proverbs speaks to God’s wisdom and knowledge. Proverbs 2:6 specifically says, “For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” Proverbs 1:7 says that “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline.” To fear the Lord is not a scared kind of fear, but an awesome kind of fear. It means to be in awe of God and all that He is. To stand in awe of God is the beginning of all wisdom and knowledge. James 1:5 is a verse I claim readily as I parent my children, and serve God in my marriage: “If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.” I can testify that asking God for wisdom in any situation only makes things better, never worse. God is faithful, and very wise.
Morality and ethics are best defined by the creator of life, the creator of all things. It is by His law that we are judged, and therefore it is by His law we should live our lives (Psalm 119:9). The bible is full of guidelines for living, the most prevalent of all is the command of Christ to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” and to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:37,39). Paul’s admonition in his letter to Titus saying, “our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order that they may provide for daily necessities and not live unproductive lives” (Titus 3:14) is a good one to heed: Do good!
I believe that the meaning of the history of mankind and the world is ultimately God’s story of creation, the fall, and redemption. The story of the world is not my story to tell, it is very short. Rather, I believe that the meaning of history is to understand God’s story. It is through the study of history that we continue to better understand all that God has done for us. We are bound to repeat history if we do not learn from it and keep our eyes focused on God. History is the story of creation, man’s fall from grace, and God’s merciful redemption through Jesus Christ.
Dr. Del Tackett points out that “it is our decisions and actions that reveal what we really believe,” (n.d.). James admonishes us to “not merely listen to the word, and so deceive [our]selves. Do what it says” (James 1:22) and that “faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead” (James 2:17). Our actions do indeed speak louder than our words. As I continue through life, and my worldview continues to be more specifically defined I pray that I will continue to keep in mind Romans 12:2, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good pleasing and perfect will.”
Phillips, W. G., Brown, W. E. & Stonestreet, J. (2008). Making sense of your world: a biblical worldview. Salem, WI: Sheffield Publishing Company.
Sire, J. W. (2015). Naming the elephant: worldview as a concept. Downers Grove, IL: Inter Varsity Press.
Tackett, D. (n.d.). What’s in a worldview? Retrieved from www.focusonthefamily.com