I. What is a Worldview?
Merriam-Webster defines “worldview” as “the way someone thinks about the world.” A person’s worldview is their outlook, their opinion, their philosophy of the world, the environment, and the people who inhabit it. That worldview is their perspective on life and what they believe to be the truth, which in turn greatly influences their actions, reactions, emotions, reasoning and decision-making on a daily basis.
II. The Biblical/Christian Worldview
1. The Question of Origin: In Genesis 1:1-27, God created the heavens and the earth, He created light, He created the sky and the land, He created the oceans and the mountains, He created the plants and the animals, and He created man in His likeness to inhabit the earth, to rule over the animals and take care of His Creation. In Genesis 2:7 and in Matthew 19:4, both passages clearly state that God created man from nothing, and that He created both man and woman.
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4. The Question of Morality/Ethics: The Bible bestows God’s expectations of mankind and is full of countless stories and numerous teachings regarding moral values and ethical behavior, both in the Old and New Testaments. Jesus tells His disciples and others in Matthew 22:35-40 that the two greatest commandments to follow are (a) to love God with all their hearts, souls and minds and (b) to love their neighbors as themselves. In Ephesians 4:25-5:4, Paul outlines for Christians six fundamental ways to change from their old life and become new again in their life with Christ and Paul gives good reasons for each change.
5. The Question of Destiny: As long as Christians remain faithful servants of God and followers of Jesus Christ, who is their salvation, they are promised the hope of eternal joy – the hope of being welcomed into the eternal Kingdom of God. (Matthew 19:28-30) Peter explains in 1 Peter 1:3-6 that Christians have been given the gift of faith from God but that they must remain responsible for exercising their faith in Jesus Christ and their salvation will be the final deliverance from sin and full enjoyment of eternal glory.
III. Biblical Christian/Worldview Influence on My Life:
The Biblical Worldview greatly influences my life and the way I see the world around me. As a child, I remember being taught to love God with all my heart, soul and mind and to treat others as I would want to be treated. The Golden Rule has stuck with me my whole life and I actively practice that rule every day. Whether it is my husband, my children, the members of my church family, my fellow co-workers or those that I come in contact with in the grocery store etc., I treat all of them with courtesy and respect, patience and kindness, and try to be understanding and show tolerance. I also treat the environment, the plants and animals that inhabit it, as well as other people’s property with the utmost respect. I actively watch out for those individuals who seek to do harm to the earth, or be cruel to animals, or to steal or vandalize property and do what I can to prevent it, get involved in projects that improve the situations, or report it to and support those individuals or groups who can make a difference.