The subject of this lecture is Christianity and worldview. What is the Christian worldview and why should we know it?
The worldview can be defined as follows.
It expressed the belief system that forms the basis of human thought and life then if you apply this to Christianity you get the following conclusion the biblical expression of the belief system
That forms the basis of human thought and life and achieves it. There is no mention of the worldview in the Bible but many words explain the concept of the worldview.
First, let’s read the words of Matthew chapter 17 verses 1 through 9.
After six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John the brother of James, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There he was transfigured before them his face shone like the sun and his clothes became as wide as the light. Three just then there appeared before them Moses and Elijah talking with Jesus. Peter said to Jesus lord it is good for us to be here if you wish I will put up three shelters one for you one for Moses and one for Elijah. While he was still speaking a bright cloud covered them and a voice from the cloud said, this is my son whom I love with him. I am well pleased to listen to him. When the disciples heard this they fell face down terrified. But Jesus came and touched them get up he said don’t be afraid. When they looked up they saw no one except Jesus as they were coming down the mountain. Jesus instructed them don’t tell anyone what they have seen until the son of man has been raised from the dead.
You can’t stay inside the church because you are full of grace and faith. In the church, it would help if you went out to the world with the dignity received from worship. You have to live in a world with people you don’t trust.
There is a problem in this process the person you meet doesn’t know who christ is and the world was corrupted after adam’s crime. So Jesus says the following in Matthew 10:16
I am sending you out like sheep among wolves, therefore, be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.
The Christian worldview helps you the children of god live a wise and blameless life in a corrupt world. The world will ask you a lot of questions it would help if you were prepared to answer the questions.
So the apostle peter says in second peter 1 10-11,
Therefore, my brothers and sisters make every effort to confirm you’re calling an election for if you do these things you will never stumble and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our lord and savior Jesus.
The Christian worldview is what Strengthens your calling in an election now that we know the Christian worldview and why it is necessary let’s start studying it in earnest.
Christians DO NOT Have Authority in Faith-Bible verse you got wrong
Christians misinterpret many passages in the Bible. The same goes for verses from Hebrews 11:1 to 3. Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
This is what the ancients were commended for. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith, we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
How do you interpret this? Do you believe that what you wish for will come true? If you believe in God, you should think and pray that your wishes will come true.
Let’s see if this interpretation is correct. The whole of Hebrew 11 means that faith is more evident to us than believing in the invisible word of God and that it appears as a reality in life.
The term ‘certain used in ‘trust’ here is challenging to translate in Greek. But what doesn’t seem evident in this passage is what happened in life. This understanding is also confirmed by verses one and verse 2, and verse 3, which serve as the introduction of chapter 11 as a whole. Verse 3 means that all the visible worlds are built by the invisible word of God through faith.
In other words, faith is the realization of the invisible. In other words, faith is like building a world that God sees as an invisible person. What you see is not made up of what you see. Instead, the visible is rooted in the invisible.
Therefore, faith is evidenced by the secret life. Therefore, if we believe that this text is something to me, it does not mean that the wish I want will come true. This text tells us that faith proves it in life because we know that God is with us, even amid the most extreme difficulties. God demands faith from us.
It is to surface, materialize, and prove faith in the invisible God in life. Hebrews chapter 11 teaches us this. Therefore, we must not use this text humanistically superficially because this phrase gives us a
Faith is the realization and proof of what is truly invisible. If this video was helpful, subscribe and like Please. Thank you.
Why Christians should live with a worldview
So here’s the third lecture about the Christian worldview.
The Christian worldview applies to both believers and nonbelievers. The Bible tells us this.
Romans 1:19 applies to those who do not believe in Jesus.
What may be known about God is plain to them because God has made it simple.
Believers can apply Ephesians 4:13.
Until we all reach unity in the faith and the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
So Deuteronomy Chapter 29, verse 29 says the following.
The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to our children and us forever so that we may follow all the words of this law.
God left what appeared to us. The same goes for the Christian view of the world. All knowledge comes from God, but he left some of it to us. This is why you have to live with a Christian worldview.
God wants you to explore all the words of this law. God gave faith and reason to man. God shows us the existence of God every day. Many theologians, including Calvin, say that God’s inscrutability can never be an excuse to neglect to pursue knowledge to know God.
The difference between a believer and a nonbeliever is the difference in the world’s view; a believer has seen and experienced the invisible world in the visible world. Theologian Herman Bavinck says:
... An idea cannot be understood by the movement of the brain. It must be regarded as a spiritual activity, as a means to infer general facts from concrete facts, to rise from the visible to the level of the invisible, to form an idea of truth, goodness, and beauty, and to learn God’s eternal power and divinity from God’s creation.
Puritan theologian John Owen said again.
We do it ‘with faith,’ not with what we see. In other words, we are under the direction and influence of faith in everything we do in God’s life, before God, and in its behavior, not by seeing it.
We see from faith and heaven the two divine forces of our souls. Faith leads us to participate in grace, holiness, and obedience in this world. Seeing from heaven makes you join in eternal bliss and glory.
Let’s do it by faith in this world and see it in the eternal world that will come. But even in those two cases, the object of view is the same. Because faith and see are the ability to go and greet what you want, both of these objects are the glory of Christ. We are hoping for the glory of Christ itself and what its glory entails.
But the present is an era where only what you see is essential. Philosophy abandoned metaphysical science, and even Christianity is overflowing with the theology of health and prosperity. Equally worrying is that Anti-intellectualism is rampant within Christianity, influenced by modern philosophy.
In my view, one of the most critical missions of the modern church is teaching for the church. Inside the church, we need to teach our believers the correct doctrines and theology, and outside the church, we need to be able to teach our faith in their language
Equally worrying is that Anti-intellectualism is rampant within Christianity, influenced by modern philosophy. In my view, one of the most critical missions of the modern church is teaching for the church.
Inside the church, we need to teach our believers the correct doctrines and theology, and outside the church, we need to be able to teach our faith in their language.
Theologian Bruce A. Ware says:
As the Supreme Creator of all things in the world and as the only recipient who gives “all” to “humans as a whole,” God has everything in him, so there can be no being independent of God who can expand his existence and expand his possession. God is entirely separate from the world, so he does not simply need the world he created. God’s transcendence is evident in his individual and infinite self-fulfilling. God has all the attributes in him, essentially and forever.
Romans Chapter 3 verses 23, and 24 says,
for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.
The sin formed a great pit between man and God, and the sinned man could never move on to God, who was holy and righteous. But God has expressed himself to us, and he has even given us. The theologian Karl Barthes commented. It’s like this.
There’s a boundary right here. On one side, there is God, not only the Creator and the Lord, but also full of dignity with holiness and righteousness. On the other side, there are humans. Man is not only a creature of God but also a sinner.
Human beings live in conflict with themselves in the body and as the body. It’s not just one border; it’s a profound valley! Humans can’t go over this valley. God and man cannot move on together. Only God can climb over this valley.
But the Creator and the Lord, God, who is holy and righteous, and God, who only hides his faces in front of the work of man and man, has walked out of the impenetrable secret of God, who has become an object of fear because of human sin.
Like this, God must reveal himself so that we can know him. Calvin says, “God first represented himself as the Creator in the creation of the universe and the general lessons of the Bible, and then he showed himself as a state of restraint through the face of Christ.”. That’s why humans must worship God, and idolatry is a distortion of God’s image in this regard, Calvin says.
Martin Luther says the same thing. Therefore, it is impossible for humans not to worship God unless they consciously confront God. But the problem is that we have replaced the glory of God, which will not decay, with the credit of rotting creatures.
They knew that God was powerful, invisible, righteous, immortal, and good, but they were wrong about the idols created by the divine attributes that belonged only to the true God.
We don’t have enough Greek philosophers to deal with in the future, but what is superior to humans of their time is that they faintly dreamed of a utopia called an Idea with the power of reason. They dreamed of soul immortality through the philosophy of “training death.”.
Their reason was people who had superior thinking skills to modern people. But those who are the most religious and intelligent are just dumber than believers who know and believe in God.
Because only worshiping God makes man superior to animals, and only through this service does man admire immortality. And discrimination against animals like this is why we must devote ourselves to the knowledge of God.
Surprisingly, God did not use the conscious and intelligent Greeks as your people, and God revealed himself only to them, using the Israelites, who did not at all, as your people. In addition, he gave me the law. Herman Bavinck, on this point, says:
These people were not aware and rational people. There was no realization of oneself, no attitude to point out, no philosophical mind, or abstract thinking. In addition, they were the people who moved according to their feelings and emotions.
In the end, Israel, on the one hand, accepted all kinds of emotions very well and was very sensitive to the world of feeling and was therefore in a perfect state to receive the power of this land and heaven. God himself made them the ones who receive his revelations in this regard.
So the Apostle Paul said the following in his Corinthians 1:26 through 29.
Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; few were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are so that no one may boast before him.
Coming back to the point, nature reveals power and intelligence, intricate details and order, a God of wealth
and power, and a God who governs all-powerful forces. God’s ministry can be compressed into “God’s zeal for God’s glory.”