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Worldviews - Part 6

This is a six part series on worldviews by guest blogger Frank Allan. WorldviewsThe windows through which we interpret the meaning of our lives
Part 6. What is Truth? Pilate, who tried Jesus before He was crucified asked, “What is truth?” We are asking the same question today. You cannot trust the news sources from the right or the left since their innate biases colour the news they report on. One of our greatest challenges today is establishing what is true and what is not true. We are rapidly approaching the era of “post-truth,” if we are not already there.  It is becoming increasingly difficult to rely on the information you are receiving to be true because it is “fake” or so biased it does not correspond to reality. We need to reflect on how we know something to be true and something that is not true. How do we know we know and how do we know we don’t know? The Christian believes that truth is found in Jesus and in the Word of God as revealed in the Bible. It is revealed truth beca…

Worldviews - Part 5

This is a six part series on worldviews by guest blogger Frank Allan. WorldviewsThe windows through which we interpret the meaning of our lives
Part 5.  What is the Basis of Morality?

What many secularists do not address is the problem of establishing law and order independent of an objective morally. James Bryce, a British ambassador to the United States in the early twentieth century, in his book, The American Commonwealth, stated that “Christianity is in fact understood to be, though not legally the established religion, yet the national religion.” He was “startled by the thought of what might befall this huge but delicate fabric of laws and commerce and social institutions were the foundation it had rested on to crumble away.” Will and Ariel Durant also questioned the survival of a civilization cut from a religious moral base. “There is no significant example in history, before our time, of a society successfully maintaining moral life without the aid of religion.” Western civiliz…

Biblical Imagery - Show me His Glory!

The Bible is full of images. Images typically have a different kind of value than what they represent, but there are certain images that derive their value by what they embody. An example of this type of image from our every day life is money. The cost of the polymer used to make a $20 bill is insignificant, but its value is determined by what it represents. In fact,  destroying the polymer image also destroys its value even though the physical value of the image has little to no value on its own.

As Christians we need to be careful to view the images revealed in Scripture according to their value, and not simply as physical images. Western Christianity has a tendency to consider the material world as non-overlapping with the spiritual world, but those two worlds are intrinsically intertwined. Our actions in the material world reveal our beliefs about the spiritual world.

The clearest example of this is Jesus. Jesus "is the image of the invisible God" (Col 1:15). Jesus is no…

Worldviews - Part 4

This is a six part series on worldviews by guest blogger Frank Allan.
WorldviewsThe windows through which we interpret the meaning of our lives
Part 4. The Worldviews of Solomon in Proverbs and Ecclesiastes

From a practical viewpoint there are two books in the Bible, written by Solomon, that express the reality of theism in contrast to agnosticism and atheism. His Book of Proverbs gives us practical help and direction for our lives based on the fear of God. That is, God is a holy and just God who created us in His image and holds us accountable for how we live our lives. In Ecclesiastes we are given the experience and reasoning of man as he views everything “under the sun” with little reference to God or His instruction. The writer appears to be without hope, or a personal relationship with God. In the writer’s mind, God is there but he is silent. This is essentially deism which eventually descends to naturalism and nihilism.  It is not that God is not recognized but that He is not s…

Worldviews - Part 3

This is a six part series on worldviews by guest blogger Frank Allan. WorldviewsThe windows through which we interpret the meaning of our lives Part 3. What is your Personal Worldview? In the story of man’s fall in Genesis, there are two questions that are relevant to each of us.

But the LORD God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” (Genesis 3:9)
Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” (Genesis 3:13)

Where are you?  What “box” are you in?  Have you confessed that you have rebelled against God, as we all have? Have you acknowledged that in your natural state you had “no hope and [were] without God in the world”? (Ephesians 2:12)  Being destitute of ultimate meaning in your life, have you cried out to God as the tax man in the Gospel of Luke did? Luke 18:13)

But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ (Luke 18:13)

This is the reality that…