Archive for September, 2014

Why Our Worldview Matters

Posted: September 15, 2014 in Blog Post

Quite simply, our worldview matters because it will unconsciously shape the way we see everything else. It is the lens through which we view reality, and when that lens is the wrong prescription, we just won’t see the world the way it really is. The difference between truth and error will be very difficult to figure out.

Each aspect of the world we see is like a piece in a much greater puzzle. That puzzle is called reality. When we discover things about the world around us, we end up trying to find a way to fit those things into a system that best explains them. An accurate worldview is going to have the clearest and most coherent explanation for those things at the end of the day, even though all worldviews will have unanswered questions

The most important aspects of a worldview can be divided into four main categories: Origin, Meaning, Morality, and Destiny. In other words,

– Where did we come from?

– Why are we here?

-How did things get so messed up?

-How will they get fixed?

Every worldview is going to have to do its best to answer these four questions in a way that matches the way things really are, and in a way that doesn’t cause a contradiction between two or more of the categories.

As we look around, I am sure we are aware of many different religions and philosophies that attempt to give people an answer to these types of questions. Atheism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Mormonism, and any other kind of “ism” we can think of are just some examples of these. But there is one big obstacle to all of these worldviews: Reality. A worldview can say whatever it wants and many people will believe it. Eventually though, it will end up bumping into reality and that is when it will become obvious that the worldview in question is not a good one.

Let me give you an example of this. Evidence shows that our universe had a beginning. It has not existed for eternity, and it will eventually cease to exist. There was a point where space, time matter and energy did not exist. Both science and philosophy confirm these things to be true. Any worldview that depends on an infinite universe that has always existed should probably be reconsidered.

Pantheistic religions like Hinduism and Buddhism have this problem. In order for their system of karma to work, the universe must be eternal. If we spend each life working off the bad karma from the life before, then the question we must ask is What were we working off in our first life? It becomes apparent that the only way for these kind of worldviews to make sense is if we could go back in time infinitely. But according to REALITY, we can’t. In spite of this huge problem, many people are comfortable denying reality for the sake of not having to go through the very uncomfortable, and often times painful, process of changing one’s worldview.

Having an accurate worldview means living in reality. If our worldview doesn’t explain what we know to be true about reality, then the answer is not denying reality, but changing our worldview. As Christians, we need to learn to be bold and explain reality to those around us– people who have an empty view of origin, no sense of meaning, no basis for morality, and no ultimate destiny. People that are broken and lost and in need of the same hope that we have.

In my following posts I will be tackling each one of the areas of origin, meaning, morality, and destiny in an attempt to bring clarity to the real issues surrounding our worldview and address them with those we are trying to share the gospel with. In addition, I hope everyone will find, as I have, that learning to view reality accurately will help bring confidence to their own belief in the Christian worldview. We will never find a tougher challenger to our faith than ourselves; watching our worldview explain reality accurately can be the thing that gives us the inspiration and motivation we need to start sharing and defending the Christian worldview with others.

As Christians we are called to own our faith. 1 Peter 3:15 says,” In your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” Hopefully by the time we are done, we will be able to say that one of the reasons for the hope we have, is reality.