Everyone has a certain outlook on life, a perspective on things, a way of interpreting the events that take place around us. Sometimes this perspective is referred to as a worldview, a belief or value system. Everyone has a worldview. Some people are aware of it as such, some are not. But everyone has a certain outlook on life.
What we believe to be true will determine what we value, that is, what we believe to be good and right. And what we believe to be good and right will determine how we act to situations around us. Our worldview is who we are.
Do you have a Biblical Christian Worldview?
A Worldview is a collection of beliefs and values which provides a way of explaining how the things that exist, and what takes place in the world, affect life in general.
A Worldview is an overall perspective from which one sees and interprets the universe, a certain way of looking at life and the world around us.
Everyone has a worldview. Aware of it as such or not, a person’s worldview or system of beliefs and values ultimately directs his or her behavior.
Beliefs about the nature of God and Man determine Values which determine Behavior expressed in political, social, and economic terms.
The Biblical Christian Worldview is based solely on the counsel of the Old and New Testaments and the teaching of Jesus Christ.
Belief is the confidence in the truth, actuality, or validity of something with or without the benefit of positive proof. Without proof, a belief may or may not correspond with reality.
Christian believers draw principles from what they believe. These principles provide them with a response mechanism to different life situations.
Truth can be known because it pleases God to reveal Himself to us. By observing and investigating God’s creation, certain truths about Him are known. Today, God also reveals Himself through the Bible.
Jesus said, “…the truth will set you free.” This statement presupposes a kind of bondage which holds us captive to lies, half-truths, and ignorance.
Jesus also said, “I am the truth.” Therefore to know Christ is to know truth.
If your beliefs are based on the teaching of Christ according to the Bible, then your beliefs are based on truth.
Some people define values as ideals, customs, traditions, or institutions of a society toward which its members have high regard. Others define values as any object or quality desirable as a means to an end or as an end in itself.
Only God determines what true values are.
To be right is to be conformed to the revealed will of God.
To be good is to be pleasing to God.
Only the Bible can define true values and teach good morals and right conduct. The teachings of men on matters relating to truth, righteousness, or goodness that contradict the teaching of the Bible are wrong, and therefore, of no value.
God reveals Himself to humankind through Creation and the Bible. Creation tells us that God is divine and has eternal powers.
The Bible tells us that God through His work of redemption reveals Himself to be a holy, loving and forgiving God; and that He is just.
The Bible tells us everything we need to know about God.
God is transcendent yet immanent. He is above and beyond the limits of time, space, and human thought yet He remains and dwells within their limits. Aside from being omnipotent, God is omniscient and omnipresent. Everything is at once known to Him and nothing is hidden from His presence.
God is sovereign which means that His control and governance of the universe will never cease, and that He does what He chooses, when He chooses, and for whatever reason that pleases Him.
Man is unique because he is created in the image of God. Man has dignity because of this image of God within him.
Man was created that he might worship and serve God. God gave man, male and female, a dominion and cultural mandate.
Man was originally created in knowledge, true righteousness, and holiness. But because of sin, the image of God within man had been distorted. His mind had been darkened. He began to experience feelings of guilt and alienation. And instead of worshiping and serving God, he began to worship idols and serve himself rather than God.
The redemption of man is about his deliverance from the bondage of sin and death through payment of a ransom. God considers man’s faith in the words of Christ as righteousness and it is only by God’s grace through faith that man is saved. God sent His Son to save His people from their sins.
As man trusts and obeys God’s word, the image of Christ shines back more and more from within him. He begins to delight in God and worships Him in spirit and truth. He, then, serves God joyfully.
Politics is all about government, authority, power, control, and dominion. The authority of Christ is ultimate, meaning all other powers are under His control.
Man was created free but not autonomous. Man is not a law unto himself. God has authority over him.
Christ gives the State authority to oversee civil affairs. Elders govern local churches. Parents have authority over their children. And each person has responsibility to control herself or himself.
The superpower behind every rebellion against God is the devil.
There are clear lines of authority and responsibility in God’s universe. Hence, there is order.
Jesus Christ is the king of the universe. Therefore, the entire universe is His kingdom.
Society is defined as a highly structured system of human organization for large scale community living.
Although Christians are in the world, they are not of it. Christians should not regard this world as their final home nor worldly people as their friends.
In the different kingdoms and societies of this world, the Christians with renewed minds become the transforming agents of society.
Christians have a vital role to play in restraining the societies of this world from heading toward lawlessness which leads to violence and then chaos.
The Biblical concept of Economics has to do with the wise stewardship or management of a household’s resources – time, talents, and treasure.
Christians are not to seek after the things of this world but the kingdom of God and His Righteousness first.
Christians should give generously to the basic needs of the poor but not of the lazy. Christians should also endeavor to teach and train the poor toward self-reliance.
The ethic of economics is the consumption, production, distribution, and exchange only of goods and services that are true, good and right.
The ideal house manager is the one who understands the economy of God and practices biblical economic principles.
9. Eternal Life
Jesus defines eternal life as knowing God. To know God is to love God. To love God is to worship and serve God.
Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.”
Romans 10:17 says, “…faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.”
In John 5:24, Jesus says, “I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.”
In John 10:27-28, Jesus says, “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.
The question before you is this: If you believe in the words of Jesus Christ, do you know that you already have eternal life according to the words of Christ Himself? If you say you believe in Jesus Christ but do not believe that you have eternal life, are you not then making Christ a liar?