What Is A Christian Worldview
3 Questions to Ask Yourself
Everybody has a worldview, even though most of us don't even realize we have one. A worldview is a comprehensive panoramic perspective of life. Personally, I don't think about my worldview enough.
Developing a Christian or Biblical worldview is like getting glasses for the first time. Everything is new and bold and crisp.
When we have a Christian worldview, we put these prescriptive lenses through the eyes of the Lord, the gospel. Then everything becomes clear. We begin to see things in a correct fashion.
Jesus said in John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but through me.”
Filtering our views through God’s perspective should shape our worldviews.
What kinds of worldviews are there?
If you boil it all down, there are basically two worldviews. You’re either looking at things from a Christ-centered, Biblically-based worldview, or you’re not. Everything else is secular.
A secular worldview is one that has man is at its center. Emotions are at the foundation of this worldview. The goal is happiness and about what gives you pleasure. It’s about what will make you look good.
A secular worldview says truth is not absolute. Everything is relative, according to how you feel about it.
In a secular worldview, there is no belief in God. Man evolved from some algae.
A Biblical worldview acknowledges that God is in charge. A Christian point of view is that God made everything in existence.
A Godly worldview holds that the truth is absolute. Man does not set the rules and the laws—God does.
A Christian’s worldview should be modeled after behavior that glorifies God, reflects Him in everything we do, and makes His name great. God promises to show us what that looks like through the Bible.
Romans 12:1–2: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.”
The goal of a Christian worldview is holiness, not happiness. We live to please God.
How Does God Reveal His Worldview to Us?
There are two different ways God uses to show us His viewpoint. He does this through:
- General revelation, such as in nature or science. Romans 1:20 says, “For his invisible attributes, that is, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen since the creation of the world, being understood through what he has made. As a result, people are without excuse.” (CSB); and
- Special revelation from the Bible, God’s Word. Hebrews 4:12 states, “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
We’re constantly bombarded with thoughts, emotions, and decisions. We make an average of 3,500 decisions a day. Some are good, some are bad. But they all have consequences.
3 Ways to Question Your Worldview
Let’s look at how to develop your perspective against the backdrop of a Biblical worldview. Ask yourself these three questions:
#1. Will it build me up?
1 Corinthians 10:23 (NKJV) says, “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.” The word “edify” means to build up. So ask yourself this basic question. If the answer is no, it doesn't, then your conscience should say, ‘Don't do it.” Because your mind gives your conscience the horsepower to behave.
#2. Will it slow me down?
The Bible talks about the Christian life being a race. You enter the race with the first step.
The first step of the Christian life is receiving Christ into your life. As you run the race, you don't want to slow yourself down.
I thought this was so interesting in this text. I've never seen it before. Hebrews 12:1 (NKJV) says, “Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”
Notice the difference between weight and sin. Sin is not weight and weight is not sin. I read this week as I studied the original language that weight has to do with bulk, such as misplaced priorities and amusements, and superfluous stuff. Now stuff, in itself, is not bad. But it will just weigh you down.
What is slowing you down? Are you overcommitted or overstimulated?
#3. Will it lock me up?
1 Peter 2:16 says, “Live as free people, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as God’s slaves.”
Do you know what the Urban Dictionary says about your conscience? “It Is the evil part of the brain that warns us.”
Everybody has a conscience and God has stamped His spirit on every conscience. When you look at people groups from around the world since the beginning of time, they all have this moral vibe to them. You see, we can use the freedom we have in Christ as a cloak or as an excuse for sin.
How to Live Out Your Christian Worldview
The Bible says in Proverbs 3:5–6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.”
When you live with a Christian worldview, then whatever you do should be done for the glory of God. The decisions we make should be filtered through the truth of God’s word.
We’re not perfect, but the issue of sin has been dealt with by Jesus Christ and His death, burial, and resurrection. Have you accepted His free gift of forgiveness and salvation, given 2,000 years ago for you and me? Have you made that decision? If you haven’t, there is no better time than right now.
Ask the Lord to be your Savior and guide. He will teach you how to live with a Christian worldview and follow Him in everything you do.
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