Worldviews - Part 6
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 6. What is Truth?
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 3:16-17 ESV) If critically examined, this claim can be established by the testimony of the multiple lives that have been transformed by the impact its truth has had on them.
Not only has Christianity been rejected, it is being portrayed by some as dangerous. Sam Harris, one of the “new atheists” in his attack on Christianity has stated, “some beliefs are so dangerous that it may be ethical to kill people for believing them.” This intolerance threatens the freedom of all people. These elites are the new thought police of the “American Media Gulag”. Christian beliefs are not tolerated in the public square. These atheists are not afraid to state their biases, well aware that there is little likelihood of there being any blowback from a godless or frightened society. Thomas Nagel in Mind and the Cosmos states candidly, “I hope there is not a God, I don’t want there to be a God, I don’t want the universe to be like that.” A cursory glance at the content of the news and material used by night show hosts, show a secular bias and anti-Christian stance on many social issues. The historical views of how families should be structured and the value of all humane life is set aside for more “progressive” views that have no basis in Christian history but relate more to paganism with its emphasis on lust and erotic titillation.
No doubt the use of technology is a big factor in forming the moral norms of our society. With global access, through the internet, to all cultures and worldviews there are many ideas on the menu. To sort out which one is right is a challenge. To say there is not any absolute right way to God and that all paths lead to ultimate reality, is an absolute statement in itself. Every religion and worldview is exclusive in some aspect. Religious worldviews and their “truth” rely on the validity of their source documents. Read the Book of Mormon, the Koran, the New World translation of the Bible, the Bhagavad Gita, the Bible … which one has the ring of truth? Which one can be substantiated by other source documents? Which one meets your need, describes the reality of the world around you and provides you with a framework to live by? You have to choose.
Joshua, the leader of Israel as they entered the promised land of Canaan, spoke to the people; “Now therefore fear the LORD and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:14-15 ESV)
For me, I agree with Joshua’s choice and have made the same one. For close to seventy years I have lived with this choice and it has brought significance, joy, fulfillment and peace to my life. Jesus Christ, who is the “same yesterday, today and forever” is Lord of my life. My desire is to surrender to Him in everything. I am not ashamed of the “truth that is in Jesus.” I also believe that you will not find rest or peace in anything or anyone else!