Reason For Worldview
Del Potter, M.A.A.
September 13th, 2020
Reason For A Worldview
“For now we see in a mirror dimly (worldview), but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known (Biblical Worldview).” – 1 Cor. 13:12
Reason For Concern
Barna Research Demonstrates Only 10% of Americans Have a Biblical Worldview
One hundred twelve million Americans (46%) say they have a biblical worldview. But according to this study, one of the first of its kind, a mere 24 million American adults have a biblical worldview. In other words, only 10% of Americans think and act according to the most basic biblical principles. This is a gap of a staggering 88 million people who believe they think biblically, but whose beliefs and actions do not match up with biblical truth.
Reason For Clarity
I remember reading a Chinese proverb that says, “If you want to know what water is, don’t ask the fish.” Okay, so that sounds a little fishy, right (lol)? However, when we unpack it, it has profound implications to our understanding and needing a healthy worldview that corresponds to reality. According to www.dictionary.com Worldview comes from the German word ‘Weltanschauung’ which means world perception. In other words, how we see the world and interpret it based upon our own perceptions, ultimately will determine how we view the world. So, if we have a dim worldview, then our perceptions of the world will be even more dimly. Now, back to the ‘fishy’ proverb (lol). Water could be said to be the sum and substance of the world in which the fish is immersed. The fish may not reflect on its own environment until suddenly it is thrust onto dry land, where it struggles for life. Then it realizes that water provided its sustenance. We too need to be thrusted out of our own watery comfort zones, so to speak, to come to the realization that a true worldview needs to answer 4 important questions that bring coherence, reasons and evidence to the premise which will inescapebly bring resolution to its conclusion .
“if we have a dim worldview, then our perceptions of the world will be even more dimly.”
Reason For Truth
It is imperative we look at the world through the lense of scripture, and not look at scripture through the lenses of this world. If a Biblical worldview is indeed THE true view of the world, then it will need to answer 4 fundamental questions which are What is the origin of life? What is the purpose of this life? Why does one need morality in this life? What is our destiny apart from this life?
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