Pastor Mark was on vacation this past Sunday. Caroline brought the message. Caroline is a commissioned home missionary. She has been deeply involved in children’s ministry for years, and is now widening her horizons.
Caroline’s message was about a Biblical Worldview. After explaining that a worldview is the way that one sees or interprets the world around them. In keeping with the theme, she said that while everyone had their own unique world view, there are three general categories of world views. She then explained that they were like three different kinds of eyeglasses. It got me to thinking about color filters and how they alter one’s perception of a scene.
You may have noticed how that works with shaded lenses. A gray lens will merely lower the brightness, but a yellow lens will enhance contrast. Other shades have their own effect, which may or may not be useful.
The three main worldview categories are: Naturalism, Transcendentalism and Theism. In the Naturalism world view this world is the product of chance and time. You are the result of millions of years of evolution. There is no god. Life has no special meaning.
Transcendentalism says there may be a god and if there is you are part of god. Your purpose in life is to understand your own divinity. You may have to go through several cycles of life and reincarnation to reach that complete understanding.
Theism says God exists and life is a test. Judgement follows at the end of life. As Christians we are, broadly speaking, theists. However, so are adherents to some other religions. What makes us different? The difference is that we view (understand and relate to) the world through a Biblical perspective. What the Bible says is what we believe.
Back to the eyeglasses, the tint of the lens is like the general worldview. Following on that analogy, the Biblical perspective would be considered our prescription.
At the end we recited the Nicene Creed, which was projected on the screen along with Biblical references for each element of each phrase and sentence of that creed.
It certainly made me think about the philosophical side of our belief system. It also got me thinking about ways to keep our Biblical perspective in sharp focus.
It seems to me that we need to keep in close contact with our Bibles. We need to know and understand what it has to say. Since we believe it is God’s inspired word to us, we should want to be reading it regularly. All of it. Then we need to process (think about) what we read.
How do you keep your Biblical perspective in sharp focus?
What advice would you give a new Christian?
How does a mature Christian do that?