Building a Biblical Worldview

Posted by Worldview Warriors On Friday, February 28, 2014 0 comments

In my last three posts, I established what a worldview is and what it does. I shared two primary types of knowledge: Empirical and Revelation. And I shared two methods we have used as a society on how to determine truth: the Didactic and the Dialectic. Now, I will take all these and put them together to build a Biblical Worldview. And it is this Biblical Worldview that is under so much attack in attempt to pull us away from the truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And we need to rise up and be a warrior to defend it.

So to refresh, a worldview is a set of presuppositions and convictions that act as filters and guidelines in how you make decisions and act in every aspect of life. Your worldview addresses many questions including: Does God exist? Is he active in this world? Where did I come from? Why am I here? Who am I? Where am I going?

Knowledge comes in two primary forms: Empirical and Revelation. Empirical is evidence-based, and it is also known as science-based. This is valid and we see examples in Scripture where Jesus tells us that if we have a hard time believing his words, then to believe his works, his miracles. Revelation is knowledge that comes from an intelligent source. A testimony, an account of something that happened, and especially God revealing himself to us. Both Empirical and Revelation based knowledge with back each other up, if we have a correct worldview.

Truth is passed on Didactically or Dialectically. It is passed on as a direct source of authority of an outside standard that does not change. Or it is passed on by compromising with another viewpoint to make a new “Synthesis”. The Dialectic eventually eliminates the authority and integrity of truth whereas the Didactic stands on the truth. See my previous three posts for more details on this.

Now let us take all this and build a Biblical Worldview that we can stand on with confidence. A Biblical Worldview is one that has established that the Bible is indeed the inspired Word of God and the complete expression of all that God wants to tell us and all we need to know to make our every day decisions. A Biblical Worldview will have God at the center of every aspect of life. He is not just your Savior, but your Creator, your Master, your Lord, your Father, your Friend, every other title God has is how he is for you. Provider, Banner, Healer, Redeemer, Hope, Shelter, etc.

A Biblical Worldview believes that God created the heavens and the earth exactly as he stated how he did it. A Biblical Worldview believes that man is made in the image of God and that the world was once a good and perfect place. It holds that man sinned and all the death, destruction, and chaos are a result of sin. It holds that Jesus is the Son of God, that he came as a baby, born of the virgin Mary, that he died on the cross, was buried for three days, and rose again. It holds that our purpose in life is to give glory to God and to have an intimate relationship with him. It holds that we, as Christians, are citizens of the Kingdom of God, God’s children, the Bride of Christ. We have a new nature, and new identity, one that reflects Jesus Christ. And we know where we are going. We know that we will dwell in the house of the Lord forever and reign with Christ in the New Earth.

A Biblical Worldview will trust God at his word. It will cause someone to study what God has already revealed through Scripture. A Biblical Worldview will not just trust God to do what he said he would do, but cause someone to act in true faith upon what God said he would do. And when such action is performed, the evidence will show. A Biblical Worldview will see God behind every evidence as evidence of either grace or judgment or both. It will place God at the center of all that goes on, and even in the midst of evil, it will look for God’s sovereign hand on every situation.

A Biblical Worldview will never compromise with anything that is worldly. It will stand didactically and not bend to the desires of the world or of sinful self. A Biblical Worldview will cause someone to hold the position and not allow false ideas of the forces of darkness to draw us slowly away from the fortress of God’s word. It will not allow the Dialectic to reduce the integrity of the truth or the authority of Scripture. It will not allow any thought that could reduce the deity of Christ. It will be receptive to Godly counsel, rooted in Scripture. It will listen to the Holy Spirit as it reveals deeper truths found through Scripture. But it will also recognize the difference between that which comes from God and which is coming from either the devil or our own wishful thinking. It is also open to ideas that are not explicitly found in Scripture but will be closed to anything that is in conflict with Scripture. It is Canon-minded. Open to all that is true but closed to anything that is false.

A Biblical Worldview will cause you to act in alignment with Biblical principles in all areas. In how you run your home, your circles of friends, in how you treat those in authority over you, in how you deal with your business or work, how you deal with school, in all areas. It will cause you to not want to keep it to yourself. All your actions will reflect Christ, your deeds, your words, your attitudes, everything.

This is the ideal we should pursue. The only person to truly live a Biblical Worldview completely was Jesus Christ but the good news is that as Christians Jesus lives in us. We have the one person who lived the complete Christian life with us day in and day out. To be able to live a Biblical Worldview, we need Christ to live his life through us. How could you describe the Biblical Worldview in one sentence? A Biblical Worldview is most accurately expressed in the words and life of Jesus Christ. Follow him, obey him, live for him, and you will exhibit the Biblical Worldview.