What's a worldview?
A worldview is the framework from
which we view reality and make sense of
life and the world. "[It's] any
ideology, philosophy, theology, movement
or religion that provides an overarching
approach to understanding God, the world
and man's relations to God and the
world," says David Noebel, author of
Understanding the Times.
For example, a 2-year-old believes
he's the center of his world, a secular
humanist believes that the material
world is all that exists, and a Buddhist
believes he can be liberated from
suffering by self-purification.
Someone with a biblical worldview
believes his primary reason for
existence is to love and serve God.
Whether conscious or subconscious,
every person has some type of worldview.
A personal worldview is a combination of
all you believe to be true, and what you
believe becomes the driving force behind
every emotion, decision and action.
Therefore, it affects your response to
every area of life: from philosophy to
science, theology and anthropology to
economics, law, politics, art and social
order — everything.
For example, let's suppose you have
bought the idea that beauty is in the
eye of the beholder (secular relative
truth) as opposed to beauty as defined
by God's purity and creativity (absolute
truth). Then any art piece, no matter
how vulgar or abstract, would be
considered "art," a creation of beauty.
2. What's a biblical
A biblical worldview is based on the
infallible Word of God. When you believe
the Bible is entirely true, then you
allow it to be the foundation of
everything you say and do. That means,
for instance, you take seriously the
mandate in Romans 13 to honor the
governing authorities by researching the
candidates and issues, making voting a
Do you have a biblical worldview?
Answer the following questions, based on
claims found in the Bible and which
George Barna used in his survey:
- Do absolute moral truths exist?
- Is absolute truth defined by the
- Did Jesus Christ live a sinless
- Is God the all-powerful and
all-knowing Creator of the universe,
and does He still rule it today?
- Is salvation a gift from God
that cannot be earned?
- Is Satan real?
- Does a Christian have a
responsibility to share his or her
faith in Christ with other people?
- Is the Bible accurate in all of
Did you answer yes to these? Only 9
percent of "born- again" believers did.
But what's more important than your yes
to these questions is whether your life
shows it. Granted, we are all sinners
and fall short, but most of our gut
reactions will reflect what we
deep-down, honest-to-goodness believe to
be real and true.
3. How does a
biblical worldview get diluted?
Here is the big problem. Nonbiblical
worldview ideas don't just sit in a book
somewhere waiting for people to examine
them. They bombard us constantly from
television, film, music, newspapers,
magazines, books and academia.
Because we live in a selfish, fallen
world, these ideas seductively appeal to
the desires of our flesh, and we often
end up incorporating them into our
personal worldview. Sadly, we often do
this without even knowing it.
For example, most Christians would
agree with 1 Thessalonians 4:3 and other
Scriptures that command us to avoid
sexual immorality, but how often do
Christians fall into lust or premarital
and extramarital sexual sin? Is it
simply because they are weak when
tempted, or did it begin much earlier,
with the seductive lies from our
4. Why does a
biblical worldview matter?
If we don't really believe the truth
of God and live it, then our witness
will be confusing and misleading. Most
of us go through life not recognizing
that our personal worldviews have been
deeply affected by the world. Through
the media and other influences, the
secularized American view of history,
law, politics, science, God and man
affects our thinking more than we
realize. We then are taken "captive
through hollow and deceptive philosophy,
which depends on human tradition and the
basic principles of this world rather
than on Christ" (Colossians 2:8).
However, by diligently learning,
applying and trusting God’s truths in
every area of our lives — whether it's
watching a movie, communicating with our
spouses, raising our children or working
at the office — we can begin to develop
a deep comprehensive faith that will
stand against the unrelenting tide of
our culture's nonbiblical ideas. If we
capture and embrace more of God's
worldview and trust it with unwavering
faith, then we begin to make the right
decisions and form the appropriate
responses to questions on abortion,
same- sex marriage, cloning, stem-cell
research and even media choices.
Because, in the end, it is our decisions
and actions that reveal what we really
"Do not conform any longer to the
pattern of this world, but be
transformed by the renewing of your
mind" (Romans 12:2).