What is the lens through which we view the world? Whether we realize it or not, everyone has a worldview. It may be logical and coherent, barely thrown together, or carefully considered and thought-out. A worldview is very significant to how we see and interact with things in the world. It is a philosophy, ideology, framework, and beliefs that govern how we interpret and interact with the world. It is the combination of all we believe to be true and what we believe is the driving force of our decisions actions, conversations, and even our emotions. Our worldview effects our response to every area of life.
The book of Hebrews chapter 11 and verse 3 says, “By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of the things which are visible.” This verse speaks of how God made the world. It is called creation theory to those who are christian. There is of course the opposite view called evolution theory. Evolution theory is defined as the process of change in all forms of life over generations. There are of course other theories about how creation began i.e. Big Bang Theory, etc. Whatever theory a given person believes impacts the manner in which they see life.
What then are some components of a worldview? This is not a complete list as there are perhaps other components that are not mentioned in this blog.
- The Foundation: God is the foundation of everything believed by a christian . Our worldview is seen through Him. Our personal knowledge of God is the beginning of how we see the world overall. So that we are clear there is a difference in believing in the existence of God and having a personal relationship with him. Without him there cannot be a true biblical worldview.
- A worldview addresses purpose and values.
- The issue of knowledge. What is the authority upon which people base their claims to truth or morality? Whether we realize it or not we live our lives according to the way we view knowledge.
- Ethics. How do we make moral decisions? Are my actions in accord with what the revelation of God or some other means or source.
- The nature of human-kind. Is there a sin nature? Are we the product of evolution?
The Bible to many is a book of stories and religious facts. On the contrary, it is beyond such a view. It is the source of life that God gave to us so that we will experience his original intent for our existence. When our worldview matches his, it is certain that our experience in life will be according to his will