Do you have a worldview? Every person has a worldview, even if they are not aware of it. Simply put, a worldview is the lens through which we view everything in life; it is a belief system that affects every decision we make, even if we do not recognize the influence of these beliefs in every moment or choice. What we believe affects what we do and how we live. Even if someone believes that there is no God, their actions are influenced by that belief. Our beliefs shape our perception of life, or in other words, our worldview. As Christians, our worldview is shaped by what we know about God’s character and His commands for us, which we learn from His Word. The Bible is able to provide satisfying answers to all of our life developing and life changing questions.
The Answers to Life’s Biggest Questions
For us to find true meaning and purpose in our lives, we must all find the answers to the questions that affect our entire outlook on life. Before we can know where we are going, we have to know where we came from; and before we can live life with purpose, we have to know what that purpose is. The Bible is the only book that can tell us all of the answers to these deepest and most perplexing questions. It is the picture on the box that tells us where to put all of our puzzle pieces of life, providing us with the answers to such questions as “Is there a God?”, “What is God like?”, “Where did we come from?”, “Why is there so much suffering in the world?”, and “What happens when life on this earth ends?”
The very first chapter in Genesis tells us definitively that there is a Creator, God, and that He created the universe and everything in it, including humans. In the first two chapters of Genesis we find the answers to two of the most important questions in life: “Is there a God?” and “Where did I come from?“
The Bible also provides an explanation to one of the most difficult questions: “Why is there evil and suffering in the world?” While many non-Christians often consider the problem of evil as the ultimate defeater of Christianity, a closer examination of this issue actually shows that Christianity provides a logically consistent and satisfactory explanation for the existence of evil and suffering. Whether or not one should personally find that answer acceptable is another issue entirely, but one thing is certain: All worldviews must account for the existence of evil and suffering, not just Christianity. Though frequently viewed as solely a problem for the Christian worldview, the problem of evil is actually a problem that all religions, and even atheists and naturalists, must deal with and for which an answer must be provided.
As the rest of the Bible unfolds from Genesis to Revelation, we can continue to understand more of Who God is, who we are, why we are here, and what happens after we die. Unlike naturalism and the other world religions, Christianity also offers a future hope for an afterlife grounded in the actual life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Bible, as well as historical evidence from the life of Christ, provides substantial evidence and reason to believe that this afterlife is more than just wishful thinking. Because of this hope, life on earth is also given greater meaning and purpose.
A Framework for Life
The Christian worldview and the Bible also provide the strongest framework for morality, ethics, and relationships. Each person has worth and purpose from the moment they come into existence because they are made specially by God in His image. Christians also recognize that God is personal and has designed humanity to have a personal relationship with Himself. These facts should not only influence how Christians see themselves, but also how they choose to treat other people and the rest of creation.
Supported by Evidence
The accuracy and validity of the Bible and the Christian worldview are also greatly supported by evidence from multiple fields of study, including chronology, archaeology, anthropology, paleontology, geology, astronomy, philosophy, ethics, psychology, biology, and medical science. Both logic and reason combine with evidence to provide a solid foundation for the Christian faith. Overall, there is substantial reason to believe that Christianity is not a “blind leap of faith” or a “crutch” as some have stated, but rather a legitimate worldview that should be shown the same respect as other socially accepted belief systems.
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