Tuesday, 1 September 2015

On Theological Worldview(s)

        One might assume that when the terms ‘theology’ and ‘worldview’ are put together, we are talking exclusively of the Christian Worldview. However, the case can be made that few things are farther from the truth. Every person has a worldview: a set of guidelines through which they interpret the cosmos. And everyone also has a theology: a way in which they see God in the universe around them. It appears then, that every person has similar beliefs. But is that so? And if so, how is the Christian Worldview different from everyone else?

        Every worldview tries to explain the world based upon its own observations and assumptions that it creates. But the striking thing about making one’s own conclusions from one’s own observations is that there ceases to be an ultimate source of authority for the conclusions made. In fact, one becomes the authority for one’s self, leading to complete uncertainty on matters of eternal significance. For if there is no ultimate authority, one cannot know the truth about ultimate things!

        Therefore, to one who says there is no god, the question must be put: ‘What, then, is your god’? With many persons, though they do not realize it, they themselves have become their own god. By rejecting the God of the Bible, they have not just rejected authority. They have exchanged the true authority for one of their own creaturely making which is totally insufficient for life. And of the one who says that in order to get to heaven they need to work hard enough to please the gods, the question must be asked, ‘Can one who has sinned ever become perfect again’? The answer to both these questions is only fully answered in a Christian theological worldview.

        The one who has a Christian theological worldview does not make himself the ultimate authority of his life; rather, he looks to the only one who can freely give true and righteous government to his life. The only Authority powerful, wise, just, and merciful enough to lead and keep him is the Holy Sovereign God revealed through the Bible. He also does not interpret the world through his own fallible mind; rather, since the Christian's mind has been renewed by the Spirit, his view of the world is informed by the Word of God.  In that way may he know for certain what is good, acceptable, and perfect.  He sees how God works in his providence through the affairs of men, and is comforted by knowing that all things are under the sovereign control of the Lord.

        One who has a Theology and Worldview focused on Christ and the Gospel realizes that only then will all his fears and questions will be answered. He then knows that he can do nothing to save himself, but must trust fully and only in the completed work of Jesus to save a sinner like him.  This is the only way whereby the true God and the right view of his created world can come together. God, who made the world and everything in it, created it wholly good. But sin entered the world and corrupted it. Therefore, God sent his Son to pay the price for sin so that those who trust in Him for salvation may find life in His name, and live eternally in true righteousness and happiness for His praise and glory.

        This is but an introduction to understanding the importance of the Christian Theological Worldview, however, by beginning to learn how God and Creation are coherent in Science, History, and Faith, we will start to comprehend the eternal significance of a theological worldview.  And as we behold the Lord, both through his Word and in History, we will become more like Christ our King, and so become a blessing to the world.

Written by William A Moore


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