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What is a Worldview?

Summit Ministries - Worldview Chart
 

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  Does your worldview have:

  • Logical Consistency, or is it plagued with inconsistency and internal contradictions?

  • Coherence, or is it incoherent with various aspects missing or in conflict with one another?

  • Correspondence with Reality, or is it surreal, incompatible with reality?

  • The answer to the questions of: origin, meaning, morality and destiny?

  • The answer to all of life's hardest questions?

Only one worldview on this planet does... The Biblical Worldview!


"One of the greatest proofs of the Christian worldview is without it, you cannot prove anything."   Greg Bahnsen


"Apologetics is the vindication of the Christian philosophy of life against the various forms of the non-Christian philosophy of life. I hold that belief in God is not merely as reasonable as other beliefs, or even a little or infinitely more probably true than other beliefs; I hold rather that unless you believe in God you can logically believe in nothing else." Cornelius Van Till
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You know sometimes people don't get it
They are incapable of seeing the bigger picture

Jim Andrews
Senior Pastor Lake Bible Church
Study of Luke 2:8-14

You know sometimes people don't get it. They are incapable of seeing the bigger picture. People can look at the glory of Autumn  and see nothing but the leaves they have to rake.  Or, here in Oregon people can think of our environment and nothing comes to mind except the rain. There's a little piece of English verse that speaks of this small mindedness.

 

Kitty cat, kitty cat where have you been?

I've been to London to see the Queen.

Kitty cat, kitty cat what saw you there?

I saw a mouse under her chair.

 

This obtuseness to majesty and preoccupation with the superficial is nowhere more evident than what many people miss in these, what we call, Christmas narratives. We tend to get all caught up in the stall and the straw. We miss altogether the statements God made there that evening. And in all the sentimentalism the substance bypasses the intellect. We have this way of romanticizing the Nativity and blowing right past the theology. Blowing past the timeless truths engraved on the manger for thinking people. 


That particular baby represents a cosmic statement, a divine inscription on the face of the human dilemma.


When we look at the manger scene here, I'm using manger as a metonym. I mean the manger was obviously historical. But it is also symbolic. Like the alter is symbolic of marriage, or a table is symbolic of the food on it, or a house is symbolic of the family that occupies it. The Bethlehem manger in the same way is symbolic of the one cradled in it.


For example, that manger reminds us that God is a God of miracles. There were two stunning miracles emblemized by the manger scene.


1.  A virgin gave birth to a child. That was a miracle signifying first of all that this infant was supernaturally conceived. One sent from God, as no other.


2.  God became flesh. Hence, his other name Emmanuel (God with us). And he dwelt among us and he revealed to us, in the flesh, what God is like.


What is impossible with man is possible with God. The manger serves notice that God is the source and the author of all life. That the laws of nature are nothing more than a formal description of the rhythms of his creation. It says that the laws of nature, are a description of the regularities that God has encoded on the face of what we call nature. God is not subject to the so-called laws of nature , rather he's the sovereign of them. The laws of nature are subject to the purpose and the will of God. That's the subtext of the manger.   


Man, the scriptures teach us, does not live by bread alone. Rather, as God said, man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Living God. In this same way, the world does not exist, or sustain itself  by the laws of nature alone. But by every word that proceeds from a sovereign God.  


The manger  reminds us that God is a God of miracles. What a foolish thing to ponder how God, who created all the starry hosts, set the planets in their courses, brought forth the world out of nothing by the word of his mouth. The creative word of his mouth. Who created man out of the dust of the ground and made man a living soul. What a dumb thing, foolish thing, to ponder how such a God could supersede and temporarily suspend, or modify, or accelerate, or decelerate the laws  and forces of nature that he established.   


Nothing that needs to be done, nothing that suits his divine purposes  is impossible with God. God can do what God wants to do. He can do it when he wants to do it, where he want to, for as long as it pleases him  to do so. 


I say again, the manger reminds us, in its implications that God is a God of miracles. There in that manger a virgin gave birth to a boy, an infant, the Messiah , the Christ, the Savior of the world and placed him there. It's a symbol for all of that, that God is a God of miracles. 

 

For someone to say, "Yes, but if God made the Sun stand still then this or that would have been the consequence. There would have been a chain reaction of cosmic effects that would have turned this or that on its ear. It just couldn't happen!"   


Such folk don't get it, do they? They cannot seem to comprehend that when God who created all things, who ordered all their causes and effects and relationships, can't seem to comprehend that God is not too limited in his power and intelligence to take all of that into account; and to keep all of his balls in the air without dropping one.   Read more....
                                 


With over 90% of youth from "Christian" homes ranking in the secularism worldview category

(on first time testing) it's obvious that "worldview" is a serious problem facing the church today.


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