Do you ever wonder what it is, under the surface, that is driving all of your actions? Your fears, your beliefs, your decision making processes?
In short, it is your worldview, and we all have one. Our worldview answers these four questions:
- What is real?
- What is true?
- What is right and wrong?
- What do we do?
Notice the last one: what we do. It is important to first understand that we do have a worldview, then to understand what our worldview is, and finally to see how our worldview plays out practically in our daily lives…because it does!
For example, if you believe that evolution is the sole reason we are here, devoid of meaning or ultimate cause and/or driving force, then ultimately you end up with a life that is meaningless. And if you believe that your life is meaningless it gives you permission to whatever you want, because you are living for now. And in the end it ends in despair, because deep down inside we all know, we all want to believe that we were made for a purpose. Frederick Nietzsche is perhaps the prime example of this line of thinking. He believed in what is called nihilism which basically teaches that we come from nothing and to nothing we return, therefore all of life is meaningless.
Nietzsche was famous for declaring that God was dead, and was admired by many, but how did he life end? Most people don’t think about that. Nietzsche died in an insane asylum declaring that he himself, was the crucified one. In the end this is no way to live.
This worldview can allow you to do atrocious things to others because ultimately they are meaningless as well. Communist and atheist, because they don’t believe in God and don’t believe in meaning, this allows them to perform all sorts of human atrocities. So we can at least admit that religion isn’t really the source of all the world’s atrocities.
Most of us don’t think through the implications of what we believe.
In other major world religions, Islam, Judaism and some forms of Christianity, who do affirm a God and do affirm a day of judgment is coming. Your can life become abouttrying to do more good than bad, so as to earn there way into heaven rather than hell. But this can end up putting you on the performance treadmill which results in a life of constant anxiety and bondage.
But only Christianity presents a truly unique worldview. Christianity does affirm God, does affirm a Judgment day, does affirm the existence of Heaven and Hell. But only Christianity teaches that God became a man, and died for our sins and earns for us the right to go to heaven, freeing us from all the burdens of performance and from the despair of meaninglessness. Christianity, among al the world views, present us with the most cogent, and attractive way of living. Because we can live lives as truly free people. Only Christianity has a mechanism for change in our hearts that truly results in a transformed life. In a life that allows you to freely love God and love others without need for recompense.
In order to bring the gospel of grace into others lives, we need to understand their worldview. Because Jesus is the truth, he speaks into every situation, and every worldview at it’s most fundamental level and offers a better way.