My series, Understanding the Christian Worldview parts 5 & 6, demonstrates how to test a worldview. The question we must ask, how does the Christian Worldview stand up when tested?
First Christianity must provide an answer for the following topics: God, ultimate reality, origin of life, ethics, death, problem of evil, meaning of life, and knowledge. The answers I give here will be brief but should demonstrate the Christian Worldview has a rational basis. Finally, I will put these answers to the worldview test.
1.God – Who and what is God?Does God exist?
· God is an uncreated, immaterial, all powerful personal being.
· God has revealed himself in creation, Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, and the Bible.
2.Ultimate Reality – How does your worldview explain the existence of reality? How did the universe come about?Is it eternal or did it come into existence at some point in time?
· God is the creator of the universe.
· God is transcendent from his creation and yet, he is immanent. Which means God is separate from creation but is actively involved in all aspects.
3.Origin of life – How did life begin?How did we get here?
· God is the creator of all life.
· God created Adam and Eve the first humans.
4.Ethics – What is the basis for morality? Where do moral truths come from?
· All morality comes from the nature of God.
· God is holy; He embodies moral perfection.
5.Death – What happens when we die?
· All human souls continue to live forever.
· All souls will face judgment for sins committed during their lifetime.
· Those who trust Jesus, He pays for their sins. Others that trust themselves pay for their own sins.
· Heaven for followers of Christ. Hell is for those who reject Jesus Christ.
· Non-believers will not be forced into heaven.
6.Problem of evil – Does evil exist? What is the source of evil?
· All good comes from the very nature of God.
· God allows all humans free choice and evil results from bad choices.
· God is not the author of evil but allows evil to exist so free choice is real.
· God has good reasons for allowing evil.
7.Meaning to Life – Do we have a purpose and what is it?
· Man’s chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever (Westminster Shorter Catechism)
· A Christian is to live like Jesus and tell others about Him.
8.Knowledge – Where does knowledge come from?
· God is the basis for all logic and reasoning.
· God has given us a mind to develop knowledge and reasoning skills.
Each of these answers needs to be given the worldview test:
1.Do the answers violate reason or logic?The answer is no.
2.By what authority are you basing your answers? These are based on 2 major criteria:God’s revelation through the Bible and creation.
3.Does your answer match the way we perceive or experience the world? It seems to fit the world as we experience it. One example would be the doctrine of original sin.Christianity teaches every person is born in sin; passed down from Adam. If this is true then we would expect every person in the history of the world to have a dark side; to make moral mistakes during their lifetime. I can say with confidence no perfect person, other than Jesus Christ, has ever lived. This is exactly what you’d expect if original sin was true.
4.Can you consistently live by your viewpoint? The answer is yes. The true Christian can live consistently but not perfectly.
This will be my final part of my Christian Worldview series.However, I will be testing other worldviews in the near future. I hope this was a valuable series.