Chances are if you started a Bible reading program this New Year, the first verse you read was Genesis 1:1. Even if you have not, it is a familiar passage to us all.
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.
This succinct statement is packed with application both for us individually and our worldview. Let’s start with worldview.
The first thing that may come to your mind when you hear the word worldview is:
What is a worldview?
A worldview is a set of ideas and beliefs through which we interpret the world and interact with it.
For example, as Christians we believe life is sacred, which means we believe abortion and murder are wrong, should not be practiced, and those who commit such acts should be punished.
Our example shows us that our belief shapes the way we interpret and interact with the world. Since it is a set of beliefs that shape the way we interpret and interact with the world, every religion, philosophy, or way of thinking has worldview implications.
How do we know which one is right?
As Christians, we believe our worldview is right because our God is the Creator of the entire world. We read that in Genesis 1:1. As the Creator, He interacts with His creation through His Word, the Bible, which necessitates the Bible be correct.
How do we know Scripture is correct?
Scripture is correct because it has proven itself to be true through both internal and external evidence. I don’t have space to go into all the evidence, so let me briefly point out that part of that evidence has to do with answering questions that every worldview must answer. Those are:
(1) How did we get here?
(2) How did the world get the way it is?
(3) How is it going to be fixed?
Scripture answers these questions. It tells us that God created the World, sin is the reason the world is the way it is, and Jesus is the way everything will be set right.
If Scripture could not provide these answers, then we should not allow it to operate as our dominate worldview. Scripture, however, does answer these questions, which means we can trust the claim of Genesis 1:1 that God is our Creator. As such, we should allow Him, through His Word, to shape the way we view the world.
In the next post in this series, I will look at how God as our Creator applies to us individually.
Question for Reflection
- Can you think of a worldview that cannot answer one of the three questions above?