If you type in ‘worldview definition’ on your Google Search Engine, you’ll probably see this:
If your worldview is your particular philosophy of life or conception of the world, then the worldview is the most singularly important thing that you can ground in this life. As Christians, our worldviews should include what I’ve heard called the 7 C’s of History: Creation, Corruption, Catastrophe, Confusion, Christ, Cross, and Consummation (Answers in Genesis has an article about that here).
As Christians, we need to believe that the Bible is the ultimate authority for everything, which is something that the modern church underplays. In fact, I think it’s safe to say that modern Christianity seems to preach that the only important message to take from the Bible is the Gospel, whereas we know that “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” (2 Tim. 3:16).
Every word in your Bible was spoken by God, written through divine inspiration, and is entirely relevant to you. Starting with Genesis.
Culturing the right worldview starts with reading the very first chapters in your Bible. In fact, the very first verse of the Bible is the first step towards shaping a Biblical worldview. “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” (Gen. 1:1). This is truly the first step in the journey of your worldview. Truly believe that God created the heaven and the earth. It wasn’t a huge coincidence of atoms bursting into what secular scientists call the ‘Big Bang’. It was God’s miraculous power, speaking out commands and shaping everything we know to be true or real.
That’s just the beginning of the biblical accounting for life, and everything that we know. Think of your worldview as a pair of glasses. If you use a pair of cheap sunglasses, everything you see looks dark, and a little blurry. A world popping with color, life, and excitement, suddenly becomes dark and indistinguishable. Sometimes, the sunglasses are even reflective, and you find yourself staring back at your reflection instead of seeing something beautiful just beyond.
Let’s say someone is wearing this pair of glasses, and they look at the roaring waves of the ocean,. If you ask them, they will tell you that the ocean is a dark grey with a bluish hue. They cannot see the vibrant, dancing colors of the waves, and they cannot enjoy the miracle of nature, the movement of wonder. Instead, they see only dull colors. Imagine this same person, refusing to take off those glasses. They insist that their view is right, and that we are wrong.
If only they would remove their glasses! If only they would gaze at the miracle of life and excitement and color, that sing out praises to the Lord, from the roaring of the waves to the songs of birds, proclaiming the goodness and glory of God! But they cannot see it, because their worldview is wrong.
As Christians, we, too, have a worldview, but it’s not a dark pair of sunglasses. Instead, we take our nearsighted selves, and we place a pair of good crystal clear glasses, that make it so we can see farther. We can understand more. We can see beyond this world, to the eternity that swims before us, moving in the vibrant colors that make it invisible to those with dark lenses on.
Never belittle the importance of a Biblical worldview. Nowadays, Christian don’t want to contradict each other. We live in a time where we are encouraged to believe what we hear, whether it lines up in the Biblical accounting or not. Don’t just follow false teachings blindly! God specifically warns us against this, saying “Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” (1 John 4:1). Always search the Bible for Biblical confirmation of something before you believe it.
Satan desperately wants to make you not believe the Bible. Things that we may think to be are important, and Satan knows that. If he can make you believe that we evolved from apes, that the world is billions of years old, that mindfulness is helpful, or that it’s not wrong to be apart of something evil, then he is winning, and he will not be satisfied with just one victory. He will keep fighting until he has won every victory to be won in you.
We cannot defend ourselves from his evil, however. We have to find our identities in God, and let Him strengthen us, as He says “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.” (Is. 41:10). Let Him supply your strength, so that we can keep our beliefs, and share our faith with others.
A Biblical worldview is vital to seeing everything that God wants to show you. You must see the world through clear glasses, staring at the details and marveling at the mysteries He will unravel. Constantly work on your worldview, trying to shape it into what God wants it to be. This is truly vital to a good relationship with God. You cannot hear the truth if you’re too busy listening to lies.
How do you form this worldview? By reading your Bible. By listening to what God wants you to hear. Ultimately, the answers to every question in life can be found in your Bible, if you only have the eyes to see it, and your page is not darkened by a pair of glasses blocking out what He is trying to show you.
Another great way that you can shape your worldview is through apologetics. Apologetics are reasoned arguments in justification of something. In this instance, that would be Christianity. You have to be careful when choosing apologetics resources, however. Once again, beware of false teachings and false teachers. Look for the resources that line up with the Bible. I personally enjoy Answers in Genesis, so I would recommend looking at their site. They offer a lot of scientific advice, and they look to the Bible for answers, not to people.
Today, just consider what your worldview is. Are you able to distinguish between what’s right and wrong because you have a grounded faith that is the original base for your life, or do you listen to the words of false teachers? I encourage you to think and pray about that, and never stop working to shape your worldview into what God wants it to be.
God bless you,