A worldview is a set of claims that purport to be based on ultimate reality.

Beginning of a Biblical Worldview

Posted by ssbg on May 17, 2006

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So far I have posted ten segments on "Developing a Biblical Worldview in 2004." Though I could keep on going, I think it's time to stop and sum up.

If you are seeking a biblical worldview, begin at the beginning in Genesis, in the first words of the Bible. From Genesis 1-3 we learn the following, all crucial components of a biblical worldview:

1. There is one transcendent, sovereign, all-powerful God who created all things.

2. Matter matters, because God created heaven and earth and saw that all things he created are very good.

3. The image of God as male and female shows us that God is personal (not a thing or an it) and yet transcendent (not exclusively male or exclusively female).

4. The image of God as male and female shows us that we human beings are: uniquely valuable; essentially male or female; meant to share life together in a complementary relationship as men and women; created for life in community.

5. What's really wrong with us is sin, our rejection of God's rightful rule over our lives, seen in actions that disobey God.

6. Sin explains what's wrong in the world. Sin leads to brokenness between humans, between humans and God, and in creation itself.

7. A biblical worldview does not minimize or deny the reality of pain and evil, but even the bad news of Genesis 3 offers glimmers of hope. God has not abandoned his creation or his people, but seeks us out. Jesus will ultimately crush the head of serpent, eradicating both sin and its consequences.

Of course everything I've just said assumes the truthfulness of the Bible. A biblical worldview, reasonably enough, rests upon the Bible, and is adopted by people who accept the Bible's authority and spend time learning its truth. Perhaps one of the most distinctive aspects of a biblical worldview in today's world is the whole idea of absolute truth.

Yet, I should hasten to add, my belief in absolute truth doesn't imply that I perceive truth in an absolutely true manner. I am a limited and sinful being, one who sees "through a glass, darkly" (1 Cor 13:12, KJV). It's always possible that some of what I've said, even in these last ten posts, is wrong. Thus one who embraces and commends a biblical worldview must do with humility. In the phrasing of a chapter from my book, Dare to Be True, we must "speak gently and bury our big stick," even as we speak boldly of what we believe to be absolutely true.


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