Biblical Christianity


Whats a Christian Worldview?

Posted on May 20, 2009 at 5:37 PM


A world view is a set of presuppositions and beliefs that someone uses to interpret and form opinions about his humanity, purpose in life, duties in the world, responsibilities to family, interpretation of truth, social issues, etc. A Christian should view all these things, and more, guided by the light that is shed upon them by the Bible.

The Bible has much to say about the nature of man, the world, purpose, truth, morality, etc., and so does the world. More often than not, the secular world view is in conflict with the biblical one. For example: Where the world asserts that man evolved, the Bible says he was created and ultimately responsible to God. Where the world says that morals are relative, the Bible says they are absolute. Where the world says that there is no need of salvation and redemption, the Bible clearly states that all people are in need of deliverance from their sin. The contrast is obvious and profound. Both cannot be true.

A worldview is a set of beliefs used to understand the world. Everyone has a worldview. Everyone has a set of principles by which a judge right and wrong,and which guides them in everyday living. The way you vote for a political official, the types of food you eat, what you drink, the people you affiliate yourself with, the way you speak, and a number of other factors of which that are consistent with your beliefs, what you believe determines your behavior. Your world view dictates how you interpret reality, how you see things in the world and how you respond to them. environmental concerns, educational structure, how money should be invested and used, what activities you invest most time in, war, marriage and family, how children should be raised, politics, rule of law, etc. All of which must be interpreted in light of how you view the world. The following is some basic essentials of a Christian world view:

There is a God (Isaiah 43:10,11; 44:6,8; 45:5).

The Christian Trinity is the only God (Gen. 1:26; Zech. 12:10; 2 Cor. 13:14; John 1:1).

God has revealed Himself in three ways: In creation, in the Bible, and in Jesus (Rom. 1:18-20; 1 Cor. 15:3; John 5:39; Acts 10:43; Heb. 1:1-3; John 14:9).

God created the universe and all that is in it with order and design -- the universe is not an accident (Gen. 1; Isaiah 44:24; 45:18; Jer. 27:5; Neh. 9:6).

All life on earth was created by God with a design and a purpose -- life did not evolve (Gen. 1:11,12,21,24,25; 1 Cor. 15:38,39).

The unseen supernatural world is just as real as the physical world (Eph. 6:12; Job 1:6; Mark 5:2; Matt. 12:22)

God made man in His own image distinct from the animals -- man did not evolve (Gen. 1:26-27; 2:7; 1 Cor. 11:7).

Man, from conception, is human and possesses dignity due to being made in God's image (Job 31:15; Ps. 22:10; 139:13; Hosea 12:3; Luke 1:41-44).

The first humans were Adam and Eve (Gen. 2; Rom. 5:14; 1 Cor. 15:22,45; 1 Tim. 2:13).

Adam and Eve were the first family (male and female) according to the purpose of God for procreation and glorifying Him -- homosexuality, therefore, is unnatural (Gen. 1:28; 2:21-25).

Man is morally responsible and answerable to God (Ex. 15:26; 1 Kings 11:38; Rom. 2:16; Ps. 50:6; 82:8; James 1:21).

God gave dominion of the earth to Adam and Eve and, thus, to their descendants (Gen. 1:28; Titus 1:7)

Man is steward of God's creation and is to subdue the world in a manner consistent with biblical revelation (Gen. 1-2; 2 Tim. 3:16-17).

Sin entered the world through Adam and Eve (Gen. 3:1-6; Rom. 5:12-14)

All people have sinned and are in need of salvation (Rom. 3:23).

Only God can save. Man cannot save himself (Matt. 19:25-26).

Jesus is the only way to escape the judgment of God (Acts. 4:12; John 14:6).

The Christian Gospel is the key to the conversion of all people (1 Cor. 15:1-4; Mark 8:35; 13:10; Rom. 1:16)

The Bible is the inspired revelation from God and correct and authoritative in all it addresses (2 Tim. 3:16-17; Acts 17:11; Amos 3:7).

The Bible reflects the true and moral character of God; therefore, truth and morals are knowable and absolute, not relative (Exodus 20:1-17).

Government is ordained by God and is God's provision for order and safety in society (Rom. 13:1-7; John 19:11).

Christians are to follow the laws of the land except where they contradict the Bible (Acts 5:29; 4:19).

Christians are to evangelize the world (Matt. 28:18-19; Ps. 22:17).

All areas of life are subject to God and should have Christian principles guiding them: personal, public, and political matters, as well as medicine, science, art, literature, etc.. (Gen. 1:28; Matt. 28:19-20).

All areas of life are Christian mission fields: political, medicine, science, art, literature, education, technology, family, economics, etc. (Gen. 1:28; Matt. 28:19-20).

A Christian should have world view consistent with what the word of God teaches. Matt Slick from CARM hit the nail right on the head with the christian world view essentials.

Now in a world view, some questions can be asked to christians and non-christians alike in terms of how their worldviews differ, how the questions are answered determines a portion of their world view:

Should sam-sex marriage be legal?

Is same-sex marriage morally acceptable?

should capitol punishment be abolished or is it justified?

Is abortion morally acceptable?

Should women have the right to have an abortion?

should marijuana be legalized and other such drugs?

What system works better, Capitolism, Communism, or a Democracy?

Should "In God we trust" be taken off the U.S currency or kept on the U.S currency?

Should the theory of evolution continue to be taught in public schools at tax payers expense?

Should Creation science be taught in public schools as another option?

You behave according to what you believe, not what you don't believe. Other questions such as origin can be raised as well to determine someones worldview,

How would an atheist for example answer the philosophical question such as "how did we get here?" An atheist would probably say we evolved from lower primates. Of course he would deny that God exists and he would probably say that after we die, we cease to exist. Since there is no absolute God, morals would not be absolute. Instead, they would be based upon personal preference and whatever works in society.

A Christian, on the other hand, would answer the questions differently. A Christian would say that God created us and put us in the world with a purpose. The purpose is to bring glory to God and to exercise proper and responsible dominion over creation. A Christian would say that when we die, we either end up in heaven or hell. Of course, a Christian would deny we arrived via evolution and would also deny that morals are subjective; but rather that morals are absolute. A christian worldview is indeed consistent with reality and is the most logical worldview. Christians have evidence, logical absolutes, and the validity of the Bible to justify their world view and how to counter the errors of non-christian cults like roman catholicism, secular humanism, atheism, and other ism's that are contrary to God's holy word.

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