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What is Your Worldview?

 How do you view the world around you?

 

Have you, do you – think about the world in which you live? If yes, how so? And if no, why not?         

This is important to think about because ‘no person is an island’ – we are all impacting and affecting the lives of one another on the planet on which we live. Our decisions regarding life and its continuance and its quality are all essential issues for the preservation of humanity and the myriad of species that live around us. Making sense of the universe, our world, and also my own individual life is something to consider, as they are all intertwined. Just think of how unreasonable it is to isolate or separate one from the other as if they have no relationship. My outlook or worldview needs to be coherent and whole in order to make sense.

For instance, I can’t assume a random chance universe with no reason, purpose, or plan in its formation and continuance and then fit that into my world of fixed laws that have order, uniformity and regularity. But if my outlook sees the universe as an immense furtherance of what I find on earth, then the relationship our planet has with the rest of the universe is logical. While that will have similarities and differences the link of planetary orbit, gravity, and other scientific laws and principles will relate.

So too, if I see the universe and our world as examples of design, order, and fixed elements that bring stability to its regulated life and continuance then I should also see that my own personal life works better with order, and some discipline of regularity. In short, principles of order, intelligence and laws that regulate life and its perpetuation bridge my personal experience to the world around me and the universe in which we live.

Having said something of why it is important to think about our worldview and giving some reasons for why we should attempt to see what makes sense of our universe, this world and my own life let us consider some options and further elements that we need to factor in.

Should we presume there is such a thing as ‘normal’ and ‘abnormal’? Are there categories for what is rational, reasonable, logical, and moral? Surely there are, as what a frightening world we would live in if these categories did not exist. Just think of the chaos and anarchy our lives would be in if there was not an acknowledgment of this. Having said this, it is sobering to think that this is precisely what we see going on in the world today – the redefining of long existing categories. Some want to redefine what has been long established, but the truth does not change. Putting a dress on a pig does not change the truth that it is still a pig. And so too, what we ‘like to think’ and what is true need to mesh or it is purely a deception, a fabrication of our imagination. I would like to think I am a millionaire but every time I go to the bank I am reminded of the reality that I am not. Our world and our thinking need to make sense and when it doesn’t the ill effects are obvious. So the category of sense, sensibility and thus what is rational and reasonable is a given. We see the truth of this both by its affirmation in our lives as well as the negative impact of ignoring it. Where one does not operate out of ‘common sense’ there is foolishness.

The category of wisdom has properly been defined as the ‘right application of knowledge’. Having a great deal of knowledge does not make one wise, but using the knowledge one has wisely is good and proper. Yet, what defines our modern world, with the advent of the internet and information explosion, is that knowledge abounds but wisdom is lacking. How does one properly apply knowledge? How does one know they have properly applied it? There must be some way to know what is proper, what is good and right. In other words, to use common sense or wisely making use of something assumes an underlying truth that (a) there is such a thing, and (b) we can know it. This again assumes order and an existing source which can and does provide such knowledge, awareness and confirmation of proper application.

Again, our view of the world around us must have some framework including values, ethics, morals; which is all the language of ‘good’, ‘proper’, ‘making sense’, ‘right’, ‘normal’. While each individual is different, as Earth is different from Jupiter but both are planets, people are still human and one’s individual subjective perspective cannot be the law which governs others, as then there would not be any true sense of what is right, good, proper, normal. The standard is above but not beyond the comprehension of humanity. All people know when an infant is abused or molested it is wrong, evil, wicked and should be punished. How do we all know that? We all know that it is proper that a man and woman marry and have children for if they did not, the human race would die off. Do we also not know that without a basis of family for child rearing we would have a scavenger race with no set values or morals to guide them? Procreation outside the structure of family leads to all sorts of problems in the society or culture that exhibits that form of lifestyle. Sex without commitment and love without structure does not lend to the kind of environment that is secure and lasting for raising a child.

Human life has its inception, formation, process and end. But it is not that simple. The quality of life will vary and while that it is a given, we all agree that the ‘right to life’ is essential. The value of life is necessary for the betterment of all people. The standard that has historically been recognized says that the right to life is inalienable – a God-given right. If we deny that the standard is above, but not beyond the comprehension of man, then humanity has a big problem. Who gets to live? And who makes the choice? Does a doctor or dictator have the right to decide about your life? What about a standard above man, but not beyond man, that says God, as your Creator, declares the rights of those made in His image and likeness? Does that affect our thinking about abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment? It should.

History is informative for our worldview, as the old saying goes, ‘if you do not know where you have been, you cannot know where you are going’. What has worked and what does not work reveals itself in the annals of time. Not that we become pragmatists and only seek to find ‘what works’, but wisdom requires we see why the clock ticks, not just acknowledge that it does. For the time will come when it does stop and if we don’t know how it works we cannot fix or rectify any problems.

We want to invite you to think through the MAJOR issues of life and form a worldview – your life and the lives of your loved ones are at stake. And if the Christian worldview is correct, and we believe it is, then much more than that is at stake. Please take the time to invest in essential LIFE questions and answers.

So, back to our initial question: Have you, do you – think about the world in which you live? If yes, how so? And if no, why not?  Join the discussion...

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