Saturday, March 26, 2016

Looking Beyond The Basic Worldview by Kimberly A. Stevens

Looking Beyond The Basic Worldview

Almost daily we think about the world around us, yet, do we ever consider what we take for granted in our lives?  Everything we can think of that is our basic existence such as our emotional state, our ethical feeling, and our spiritual beliefs build our worldview.  Each of us has our own personal worldview that is made up of our own interpretations.  Additionally, there is another kind of worldview that goes far beyond our personal worldview, the biblical worldview which is the same type of grid of beliefs but is intertwined with a basis of belief in God and the Holy Bible which is God's word.  The biblical worldview is an entirely Christ-centered and biblically based view of reality.  If one simply looks only at the worldview, they miss the whole meaning of all that there is to live for. 

Our basic worldview consists of everything around us that we assume, on an unconscious level, that the earth is beneath our feet, that there is air to breathe, that we are part of a family, that we have friends, that we treat people in certain ways, that we feel specific ways about certain events.  It is our reality which we live in and expect to exist.  It is our story and all the logical beliefs we hold.  It does not change much and generally determines how we feel, what we know to be true, what we want and what our passion is.  We don't really think about our worldview, we just automatically assume this complete perspective of reality exists.  Our life consists of a structure of beliefs and philosophies that we surround ourselves with that make us feel safe.  Our worldview is really there on an unconscious level but if we didn't have this view, our world would crumble beneath us.  This version of the worldview is subjective and is based on the prime reality, or what is really absolute.

Whereas we have the biblical worldview, everything starts with the belief in God and the perspective of the bible.  This version of the worldview is based on a God who is love, who planned to redeem himself to give us what he wanted for us despite the fact that many of us reject him.  He reveals himself as the son of God, Jesus Christ, the savior of humankind who came to earth to be with God in Heaven.  Jesus repairs the bridge that was damaged when Adam sinned and caused each human to be born into sin.  Jesus makes us white as snow and worthy to be in the presence of God.  The bible being the revelation of God tells us everything we must know in order to understand and believe in God.  It also tells us exactly how to be connected directly to Jesus Christ which is God in the flesh which ultimately will give us eternal life with God.  The bible tells us "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation"(Romans 10:9-10 KJV).  God has made his heart known clearly to us by way of the Holy Spirit who gave the scripture to the holy people and no prophecy was ever produced by a man as he guided his Holy Spirit to bring his words to them.  The bible tells us "We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost"(2 Peter 1:19-21 KJV).  Not all Christians think about the biblical worldview the same.

To understand the biblical worldview we must first understand that God is perfect and we are not, God is the eternal, omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient being that created all things and all things are dependent on him.  He created Humanity to glorify him and to be with him forever.  This glory is our "salvation".  All that is exists under his control and though he created the world to be good, even creating us in his image, this image was harmed when Satan tempted Adam and Eve to eat of the forbidden fruit of the tree of knowledge, in defiance of God's word.  Thus, we are marked with this sin.  There is no natural way to fix this and the only hope we have is that he give us his son in whom to believe in and the grace to live by a moral code that reflect's God's revelation to us.  We should be baptized and then accept his son as our savior who will bring us to him (washing away this sin that damages us with his blood which removes this sin).  During our life, we can follow the scripture to find his eternal truths and learn to be in alignment with God's holiness which is why he wants us to follow his son Jesus and be like his son.  The Holy Spirit guides us to do all these things so that we may be in union with the Godhead in all perfection. 

The worldview, though logical, gives us a primitive feeling of safety and sureness, on the other hand, it is missing something much deeper and more amazing, someone that will give us life eternal, the complete story of all that is and all that can be our reality; the story of God, the father, the creator or all and how he wishes to love us.  The simple worldview is missing the real picture, the basis of all that is and can be; the simple worldview is without the beginning and the end and only tells the tale of what we perceive in a basic understanding without God.  If you look at the biblical worldview, it seems to be a much more complete view of things.  Can you think of anything greater than opening your eyes to a biblical worldview which reveals the way, the truth, and the life?  The biblical worldview is a much more complete worldview.  Its entirety lies in the perfection of God in whom the basis of all things exists.

Works Cited

Romans. King James Version. Bible Gateway, n.d. Web.

 2 Peter. King James Version. Bible Gateway, n.d. Web.

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