Worldviews - Part 3
This is a six part series on worldviews by guest blogger Frank Allan.
The 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 the Christian embraces as their personal reality. This is not an action of the pastor, the priest or our parents on our behalf, nor is it a result of us being baptized, but it is the result of a personal conversation “with” and an intentional surrender “to” God and the “Son of God who loved [us] and gave Himself for [us].” (Gal. 2:20) Having done this, we can rest in the fact that “Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures.” (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)
I know that some of you may consider this a “fairy tale” but considering the alternative, this is a story of hope. I believe it is the ultimate reality story. I have looked at the alternatives, trudged up and down the stairs and visited the floors in the “condo of life” and come to the conclusion that the Biblical worldview meets, my need, corresponds to the reality I see around me and gives me a framework of truth to live by. I am not ashamed of what I believe or the principles of truth that guide my life. I do not have confidence in myself but I do have confidence in the revealed truth of Scripture. As Paul wrote in his letter to the Romans, “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes... For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” (Romans 1:16-17) God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit are the ultimate reality – God who created us, redeemed us and gives us hope for life after death.
I recently attended a funeral of a fourteen year old boy who had committed suicide. As far as I could tell, his parents had given him the care and love that normal parents would give their son. Whether or not the majority of people in the church believed in God, I do not know. I do know the only hope expressed in the service was that there was a God and a reality after this life. Perhaps many were functioning as bishops in their own kingdom, reflecting on a reality conjured up in their own minds. When asked to sing “Amazing Grace” virtually no one sang, even at the urging of the choir director. The secular worldview has robbed our culture of peace in the presence of death. In speaking with some of my former colleagues at the reception, one person remarked that we all handle death in our own reality and it is all good! Is it? Is it good if I am grasping on a worldview that has no reality behind its belief system. My heart cried out and wept as I sat and listened to the service with all its Christian ritual and realized that to many there, God was non-existent and their lives were being lived without any reference to God. I was reminded of King David’s cry in the Psalms, “The fool says in his heart, 'There is no God.'” (Psalms 14:1) The fool might have believed there was a God but God had no practical significance in his life. In contrast, like Paul in his letter to the Philippians, the Christian can say “For me to live is Christ and to die, is gain.” The fact that many professing Christians do not live consistent with biblical truth does detract from the impact of the message, but this does not alter the truth content of the message itself.