Last weekend, a number of us attended a weekend for 20- somethings with the church in Waterloo, Ontario. The theme for the weekend examined cultural worldviews in contrast to a Christian worldview. In essence, a worldview is a way of looking at life – a philosophy that interprets how the world functions. Many people today adopt a naturalistic worldview, which says that all life (including human life) is simply the product of millions of years of evolution. Others subscribe to a worldview that believes in a higher power, but it may be a god other than the one who reveals himself in the Bible. Whether they know it or not, everybody has a worldview, and that worldview gives us beliefs about certain things in life, and even day-to-day actions.
However, at one point or another, a worldview must answer 4 critical questions:
- Who am I?
- Why am I here?
- What’s the problem with the world?
- What’s the solution for the world?
Most worldviews can produce an answer for the first two questions that will satisfy most people. However, when it comes to the last two questions, most worldviews lack sufficient answers. Yet, those who have a Christian worldview have a peculiar peace in their understandingaboutthosequestions. Infact,thatpeacecomesfroma confidence in the answers, when most people are still asking the questions. Christians know that sin is the problem, and that Jesus is the answer. While those are simplified answers which have much more depth and explanation behind them, they are nevertheless the keys to both understanding the problems in this world, and overcoming them.
While the world may try to tell us differently, the Christian worldview solidly answers those 4 questions. In fact, the Christian worldview explains everything we need to know.