Genuine Christianity is much more than a relationship with Jesus Christ. We may mistakenly think the concept of a "worldview" is irrelevant to our faith; that it’s a subject best relegated to the academic world of theologians. But “worldview” is neither philosophical nor abstract – it is intensely practical. Whether we realize it or not, every one of us makes choices and lives our life, based upon the personal worldview that we each hold.
Some people often tend of think of Christianity as expressed in personal piety, church attendance, Bible study and works of love. But it is more than these - it is more than just discipleship, more than believing a system of correct doctrines about God. In fact, genuine Christianity, in and of itself, is a way of seeing and comprehending all reality.
Christianity is ultimately a worldview.
Wat do we mean by this word?
In every action we undertake, we are doing one of two things: we either contribute to the broken condition of the world, or we participate with God in transforming the world to reflect His righteousness, goodness, justice, and love. We are either helping to create a hell on earth, or to create a foretaste of heaven. We are either advancing the rule of Satan in this world, or establishing the reign of God
A worldview is the sum total of our beliefs, the “big picture” that directs our decisions and actions. In fact, our choices are shaped by what we believe – how we perceive reality. In short, our “worldview” shapes our life.
As George Barna observed, “Without a biblical worldview, all the great teaching goes in one ear and out the other. There are no intellectual pegs ... in the mind of the individual to hang these truths on. So they just pass through. They don’t stick. They don’t make a difference.”
Worldviews are not only individual; they can also be “collective” for a society. We tend to think of cultural differences in terms of language, dress, food, art, sports, entertainment, etc. But the major differences between cultures are defined not so much by these things as by each culture’s worldview. For example:
- the real difference between India and the rest of the world, is outlined by the Hindu worldview which defines virtually everything aspect of Indian culture
- the real difference between Japan (and much of the rest of the world) is the Buddhist worldview that predominates in Japanese society
- the real difference between Saudi Arabia (and much of the rest of the world) is defined by the Islamic worldview that prevails in Saudi Arabian culture
- Where did I come from?
- Why am I here?
- Where am I going?
- Does life have any meaning and purpose?