How Do You See The World?

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TreeWe all have dispositions. A certain bend to live one way and not another. We all see the world through a lens. A lens of upbringing, culture, education, and more. We each have a view of the world. This is known as a worldview.

So, what is your worldview? How do you view the world and what are the shapers of that view? These are important questions because, whether we know it or not, we all have a view of the world. And it is shaped by all sorts of things. But is it shaped by the right things?

Do we get our worldview simply from our parents? Our education? The entertainment we ingest? Everything is speaking to us. However, are we listening critically or just breathing it all in like fresh air?

We must all seek to have a correct worldview. This is obvious, is it not? It is also very practical as you might imagine. The vehicles we drive are all equipped with windshield wipers so that our view will not be obstructed. It is dangerous to drive when you cannot see clearly. Believe me, I have experienced it!

In the same way, it is dangerous to live when you do not know where you should be going in life. There are very pertinent life questions that need answered if we are to go down the path of life with any direction. If we have a correct view of life, i.e. worldview, we will avoid many pitfalls along life’s path.

God is outside time. He is the author of time. The author of the cosmos. And He is also the author of Scripture. We would be wise to get our view of the world from the great Architect.  His Word truly is a light to our path (Ps. 119:105). C. S. Lewis said, “I believe in God like I believe in the sun, not because I can see it, but because of it all things are seen.”

How do you see the world?

  1. What is reality? What is really real?
  2. What is the nature of the world around us? Is it chaotic or orderly? Is it all natural or is there supernatural?
  3. What is a human being?
  4. What happens to a person at death?
  5. Why is it possible to know anything at all?
  6. How do we know what is right and wrong?
  7. What is the meaning of history?
  8. What personal, life-orienting core commitments are consistent with this worldview?

In future posts we will be exploring these eight questions.* We will see that God’s Word explains life around us. We will see that God’s Word is sufficient and that it leads us in paths of life and truth.

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*For these worldview questions see James W. Sire, The Universe Next Door (Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2009).