What is a Christian Worldview?
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What is a Christian Worldview?

What is a worldview?

What is a Christian Worldview?Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2)

How we understand reality can be referred to as our worldview. Essentially, it is our perspective on life, how we view the world. Our worldview is how we interpret information about the world around us, guides us in how we make decisions, and builds the ethics that we live by. Our worldview informs every area of our life. What you base your worldview on matters.

“As the word itself suggests, a worldview is an overall view of the world. It’s not a physical view of the world, but rather a philosophical view, an all-encompassing perspective on everything that exists and matters to us.
“A person’s worldview represents his most fundamental beliefs and assumptions about the universe he inhabits. It reflects how he would answer all the “big questions” of human existence: fundamental questions about who and what we are, where we came from, why we’re here, where (if anywhere) we’re headed, the meaning and purpose of life, the nature of the afterlife, and what counts as a good life here and now. Few people think through these issues in any depth, and fewer still have firm answers to such questions, but a person’s worldview will at least incline him toward certain kinds of answers and away from others.” ~ Dr. James Anderson1

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Your worldview will be the basis on what you think about when you consider topics such as: abortion, homosexuality, war, euthanasia, stem-cell research, evangelism, transgender rights, genetic enhancement, military service, politics, freedoms, family, pornography, lying, adultery, promiscuity, sex before marriage, dating, raising children, helping the needy, education, persecution, suffering, illness, death, trials and tribulations, entertainment, murder, interaction with unbelievers, interactions with those in false religions or cults, who you spend your time with, where you go to church, modesty, holidays,…

“A worldview is a set of beliefs used to understand the world. Everyone has a worldview.  Everyone has a set of principles by which to judge right and wrong, and which guides them in everyday living.” ~ Matt Slick3

Many worldviews

There are many worldviews. In fact, it is unlikely that any two people share exactly the same worldview. However, people do share similarities in their worldviews enough to sort them into types.

Non-Christian Worldviews (Dr. James Anderson1)

  • Naturalism: there is no God; humans are just highly evolved animals; the universe is a closed physical system.
  • Postmodernism: there are no objective truths and moral standards; “reality” is ultimately a human social construction.
  • Pantheism: God is the totality of reality; thus, we are all divine by nature.
  • Pluralism: the different world religions represent equally valid perspectives on the ultimate reality; there are many valid paths to salvation.
  • Islam: there is only one God, and He has no son; God has revealed His will for all people through His final prophet, Muhammad, and His eternal word, the Qur’an.
  • Moralistic therapeutic deism: God just wants us to be happy and nice to other people; He intervenes in our affairs only when we call on Him to help us out.

The Christian worldview

What is a Christian Worldview?But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:14-17)

Christians obtain their worldview from the Bible and through the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit. The Bible’s doctrines guide us in how we are to make decisions and view what happens around us, the theology of the Bible teaches us about who God is and how He is sovereign over the world, the doctrine of sin and salvation teaches us how we are saved and what our role is in sharing the Gospel with the world.

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“A Christian worldview provides a framework by which 1) to understand the world and all of its reality from God’s perspective and 2) to order one’s life accordingly to God’s will.” ~ John MacArthur2

Matt Slick of Christian Apologetics and Research Ministry (CARM), wrote in an article, “What are some Christian Worldview Essentials3,” about the elements of a Christian worldview:

  1. An absolute God exists
  2. God created the universe
  3. Man is created in the image of God
  4. If man is created in the image of God, all people are worthy of respect and honor.
  5. Man was given dominion over creation by God.
  6. Mankind is fallen.
  7. Jesus is mankind’s only hope for redemption.
  8. The Bible is the Word of God.
  9. God provides for His creation.

“True Christianity is more than a set of ideas to use at church. Christianity as taught in the Bible is itself a worldview. The Bible never distinguishes between a ‘religious’ and a ‘secular’ life; the Christian life is the only life there is. Jesus proclaimed Himself ‘the way, the truth, and the life’ (John 14:6) and, in doing so, became our worldview.” (GotQuestions4)

Our duty as Christians is to dive into the Word of God. We are to submit to its teachings and allow it to mold our worldview. We are to renew our minds (Romans 12:1-2) through the reading and studying of Scripture.

Now this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them, due to their hardness of heart. They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. But that is not the way you learned Christ!—assuming that you have heard about him and were taught in him, as the truth is in Jesus, to put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:17-24)

A worldview of unity and hope

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. (Romans 15:13)

One of the most beautiful aspects of the Christian worldview is that it takes people from all nations, all people groups, all backgrounds, all cultures, all walks of life and unites them in one view of the world. I may have more in common in how I view the world with a sister in Christ living in a hut in Sub-Saharan Africa than I do with my atheist neighbor.

The Christian worldview is not only the only true and accurate way of viewing the world but it is the only worldview that offers true hope.

As Christians, we look at the world around us and it seems to becoming progressively worse and worse. Immorality is no longer just tolerated but it is now celebrated and if you do not celebrate it as well, you are mocked, derided, and sometimes persecuted. It is easy to become discouraged when we see such things happening, especially to those of us who live in places like America where we have enjoyed religious freedom for much longer than we deserve.

We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; (2 Corinthians 4:8-9)

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Although the world may seem dark at times and we may be tempted to become disheartened, the Christian worldview does not leave us in despair and bitterness. Our worldview reminds us of the hope we have. It is not a “I hope this happens” but rather a knowledge that “this is what is going to happen” so we can look to the future with joy and peace and offer the hope that is within us (1 Peter 3:15) to others.

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God. (Romans 15:4-7)

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References

  1. Anderson, James. 2014. “On Worldviews By James Anderson”. Ligonier Ministries. http://www.ligonier.org/learn/articles/worldviews/.
  2. MacArthur, John. 2010. “What’s Your Worldview?”. Gty.Org. http://www.gty.org/resources/questions/QA520/whats-your-worldview.
  3. Slick, Matt. 2008. “What Are Some Christian Worldview Essentials?”. Carm.Org. https://carm.org/what-are-some-christian-worldview-essentials.
  4. “What Is A Christian Worldview?”. 2017. Gotquestions.Org. Accessed January 7. https://www.gotquestions.org/Christian-worldview.html.

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  • Heavy, and yet so practical. I tend to think of my world view as the grid through which I view all of life — and we’ve attempted to pass this along to our children, while at the same time praying that they will make it their own.

  • Rebecca Lindsey

    What a well written and informative article! The truth of the Bible will set us free to love others in turn making us lights to the truth.
    I found your blog through #LMMLinkup.
    Blessings to you in 2017!
    Beckie from Spotlight: beckielindsey16.com

  • Jennifer Lambert

    Amazingly informative. I love this outline to explain the importance of a Christian worldview. I know too many who compromise their worldviews and their children are confused. We live in such a complicated world with so many loud voices.

  • Karen Del Tatto

    First of all, I LOVE your blog’s name! “For narrow is the way that leads to Life.”

    I am thankful that my Christian worldview provides the Greatest Hope, and through that Hope I do not need to be discouraged.

    Thank you for sharing this incredibly edifying and thorough post!

    Blessings,

  • Hi, I recommended your 90 Day Chronological Bible reading for Women this New Year in this article
    http://purposefulandmeaningful.com/pnm/2017/01/20-free-women-bible-studies-for-new-year/

    Keep shinning for Jesus.
    God Bless

  • Julie Loos

    I enjoyed reading your post!
    #CoffeeforYourHeart

  • A Biblical worldview is so important in a world gone wild! One of the reasons I love the Colson Center and their broadcasts. Good stuff! Happy to be next to you at 3-Word Wednesday. 🙂

  • Angela Howard

    Great way of defining a Biblical worldview. Thank you for your commitment to truth.

  • Chris Carter

    This was such a thorough description of Biblical worldview and I really like all the insights and scripture you attached to it. May we all continue to dive deep into God’s word to continue living out His Word! (visiting from the “Coffee for your heart link up!”) 🙂

  • KristinHillTaylor

    Such good information here! Thanks for linking up at #ThreeWordWednesday.

  • bluecottonmemory

    “The Christian worldview is not only the only true and accurate way of viewing the world but it is the only worldview that offers true hope” – Amen! and Amen again!

  • leahrc

    I think it’s so important to understand our worldview and to pass it on to our kids. Thank you for linking up with LMMLinkup.

  • Nikki Frank-Hamilton

    My husband and I were both raised in smaller towns than the city we live in now, and our families spent a lot of time in church. We were raised on these premises. It amazes me how differently we think, live and raise our children. I’m not saying we are perfect, far from it. But so happy that we were brought up this way, we see the world so differently than if we hadn’t been.

    • I am very similar. I was raised in the country and since my parents were leaders in the church (of less than 100 regular attenders), we were in the church every time the doors were open and sometimes when they weren’t…lol. I was a false convert for many years but I am still so thankful for how I was raised. 🙂

  • Jann Olson

    I enjoyed this post! Thanks for sharing it with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  • Elizabeth

    Thank you so much for sharing this post with us at Funtastic Friday! I’m a Christian blogger too, and would love to connect with you! I’m looking forward to reading more of your blog!

  • Worldviews are such a fascinating topic. Thanks for sharing this at Booknificent Thursday on Mommynificent.com this week! Always a pleasure to have you!
    Tina

  • I can tell you put a lot of thought into this post! So few people would put references on a blog post, but I think that shows a lot of care! And I am truly thankful that our faith leaves us with peace, hope, and joy rather than despair, as you say. Thank you for sharing your reflections at #FridayFrivolity!

  • Lital

    Thanks for this post! More recently I have realised that if you’re alert and looking for it, a persons worldview becomes obvious. What I think we see often though is inconsistent worldviews in our aethiest friends. Those people who say they don’t believe in God and we are all here be chance do not live in that way. They want relationships, trust, family, friends, hope… if it were all chance none of that would matter, but as Romans 1 says, they know God is real but choose to suppress the truth! Having a good understanding of worldviews helps us to call our friends and family out on their inconsistencies! The reality is they end up needing to borrow from our Christian worldview!

  • Wow! It was great reading this. There is a great battle going in to get believers distracted from the kingdom we are called into.
    When it comes to my faith and view as a believer, I stay narrow minded. I restrict myself to God and His word. Anything outside it does not attract my view. That’s how I work at staying spiritually sane in this world with all its lies and distractions.
    Have a super blessed day!
    Love

  • Kileen

    Interesting post! Thank you for sharing at Ravenwould.