What Is Your World View?

Ponderings

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?

One thought on “What Is Your World View?

  1. Focus, one of the easiest things to lose, very difficult to regain the clarity, and yet, the foundation of biblical teaching has changed my thoughts based on her perspective. Caroline did a fantastic job presenting this world view in both a non biased, and biblical perspective. This kind of focus has to be God blessed!

    My biblical perspective is not always in sharp focus. In fact I find there are times when I let my mind wonder to my lens view of the content rather than seeing the perspective of the author and then most importantly the inspired God given perspective. To think that I have the right to interpret a biblical focus is huge. Now blow that all away, because I don’t! It is God through me that has the right to sharpen that focus towards His will.

    Now in regards to a new Christian, this focus is passion sent and driven. I would “advise” a new Christian to find many sources for keeping that passion alive. I use the word advise cautiously in that I am learning some coaching skills and the use of advise is not recommended. Most people need to be refocused to their own situations and assisted with the clarity they already know, but seem to be overlooking. Asking questions and directing the new Christian to a more clear focus is what I would recommend. Biblical perspective is a gift from God that other believers are allowed to adjust the focus for today’s application of the Word.

    Many “mature” Christians need to take a chill pill and allow God to humble them back to the heart of the child that brought them to this point. We tend to get so wrapped up in our own world of biblical and thealogical perspectives that we fail to understand or relate to New Christians, or children. I’ve been doing some research on this and have come to the conclusion that part of the mature Christian walk should be for prayer and fasting. We tend to be filled with both worldly and shaded lens information from our own perspectives and often fail to allow God’s view/focus to be a part of our view. The World View Caroline spoke about brought more clarity to this topic and I am thankful for her wisdom and perspective.