Troubling Times...

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Posted by greg

When I was young in the faith a godly man took me under his wing and taught me the fundamentals of my faith--the inspiration of Scripture, the atonement of Christ, the priesthood of believers, the sole efficacy of the finished work of Christ and the cross, the importance of Biblical truth, the resurrection of believers, the power of the Gospel to change the hearts of men and women, the responsibilities of fully devoted followers of Christ.

I see to today the compromise of the faith for self-centered goals--what's in it for me.  I see the culture of our day creeping into the Church with alarming affect  I see the 'inclusiveness' surplanting the "eclusiveness" of the Gospel.  Finding common ground with other faiths, even though they may deny the divinity of Christ or the Trinity as secondary to inclusiveness concerns me a great deal.

One need only look around them to see tolerance so pervasive today gaining ground over the uniqueness of the Gospel being the only means of restoration, renewal, and needed calibration resting solidly on repentance of a fallen world. 

Even today their are arguments a plenty suggesting multiple worldviews with the Christian faith.  Although it may be true that, from man's perspective, he/she may view the specific differently.  But from God's point of view the Biblical worldview is clear and unalterable.

Each of us has a set of perceptual attitudes that help shape our outlook on life.  If beliefs are the foundations for our behavior, and values are the filters through which we process life's decisions, then attitudes are the lens through which we observe life around us.  Our perceptions about life are shaped by our attitudes.  Our system of attitudes is also called our worldview.

The term worldview refers to any "ideology, philosophy, theology, movement, or religion that provides an overarching approach to understanding God, the world, and man's relations to God and the world."  Ronald H. Nash is his book entitled Worldviews In Conflict, defines a worldview as “a conceptual scheme by which we consciously or unconsciously place or fit everything we believe and by which we interpret and judge reality.”  He goes on to say, “achieving awareness of our worldview is one of the most important things we can do to enhance self-understanding.  Insight into the worldviews of others is essential to an understanding of what makes them tick.”  The implications for evangelism are obvious.

Our set of perceptual attitudes or worldview determines how we perceive and interpret our observations of the world around us!  Dan Taylor, in The Myth of Certainty, states that "every person has a way of making sense out of the world.  We have a compulsion for ordering and explaining our experiences.  We belong to communities of belief which help shape, whether we are conscious of it or not, our views of the world and our actions in it... Most people thoughtlessly adapt an inherited worldview, or one absorbed from their surroundings.  Even those who explicitly work one out often operate in daily life by a different, less conscious system than the one they carefully construct. With unanimity, the primary goal is correct behavior.  With unity, the primary goal is a right spirit.  "

How we interpret events, draw conclusions about what we read, evaluate what we observe, assess what we hear, process arguments, depends on the worldview we hold at the time.  As many have said, we need to reaffirm a biblical worldview that places Christ and His church above world trends -- economic, political, cultural, or religious.  Philosopher W. P. Alston, in his book Problems of Philosophy of Religion, offers a compelling reason why worldviews are important. He states, “It can be argued on the basis of facts concerning the nature of man and the conditions of human life that human beings have a deep-seated need to form some general picture of the total universe in which we live, in order to be able to relate their own fragmentary activities to the universe as a whole in a way meaningful to them.”  The Bible is clear about the issue – “God has placed (a sense of) eternity in the minds of men . . . Ecclesiastes 3:11).”  Our worldview seeks to bring order out of chaos and the seemingly random events of our existence.

The Biblical Worldview…in a nutshell

1.            The nature of ultimate reality – God exists and is active in our lives.

2.            The nature of human personhood – humans bear the image of God.

3.            The basic human dilemma – the image of God is marred by sin.

4.            The solution to the human dilemma – the person and work of Christ.

5.            Our human destiny – eternal life or eternal damnation.

To my dying day I will defend the Gospel which is inclusive in its invitation and exclusive in its requirements and responsibilities.  To my dying dau I will defend the Biblical worldview that requires us to see the world as God sees it not as we might want to fashion it to be.

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