A Biblical Worldview or a Worldly View of the Bible

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I like this definition of biblical worldview: A Christian worldview or a biblical worldview refers to the framework of ideas and beliefs, derived from the Bible, through which a Christian individual, group or culture interprets the world and interacts with it.  A biblical worldview necessarily involves application of the whole Bible and not merely the parts that are amiable to our particular situation.  If a worldview is the lenses through which one views and interacts with the world, then a biblical worldview means to wear biblical lenses–to work diligently to view all aspects of our world through the filter of the Bible.

It is not vogue to hold to a biblical worldview.  Instead, Christians are urged to hold to a worldly view of the Bible. A biblical worldview holds that the Bible should determine and define right from wrong, moral from immoral, and should dictate how I live my life.  The Biblical worldview claims that God is the author of the Bible and as its author and our Creator, He has the right to tell us how we should live.

A worldly view of the Bible claims that the Bible is a book written by men.  A worldly view of the Bible claims that the Bible is open to wide interpretation and its meaning should change with culture.  A worldly view of the Bible claims that people should shape the meaning of the Bible, not that the Bible should shape people and culture.

But, outside of the definition above, what is a biblical worldview?  The Colson Center is helpful by telling us first what a biblical worldview isn’t, and then what it is.

A Biblical Worldview is Not:

  • It is not merely holding to Christian morals.  A person can have good morals without adhering … Continue reading
  • 4 For the Road

    Culture Creep.  Tim Challies linked to this and I had to as well. This is a sickening look at the way that paedophilia is creeping into the mainstream.

    Take Your Kids With You.  Travis Agnew shares an important parenting tip.  When you go somewhere, take your kids with you…even if it isn’t easy.

    Most Unmarried Evangelicals Not Sexually Active. A recent survey by the National Association of Evangelicals bucks conventional beliefs regarding sexual activity among evangelical millenials.

    God Mad Boys to Play with Dolls.  I didn’t see Owen Strachan’s blog on Sesame Street until I had read this article by Caryn Rivadeneira, but both are worth your time  and I think they reflect the need for evangelicals to balance gender roles with the Scripture (Disclaimer, I plan to write on this later and I have a son who plays ball, shoots guns, and  helps care for his sister’s dolls…and I think thats OK).

    Monday Musings

    The Christ who will not worship Satan to gain the world’s kingdoms is followed by Christians who will worship only Christ in unity with the Lord whom he serves.  And this is intolerable to all defenders of society whoa re content that many gods should be worshipped if only Democracy or America, or German, or the Empire receives its due, religious homage.  The antagonism of modern, tolerant culture to Christ is of course often disguised because it does not call its religious practices religious, reserving that term for certain specified rites connected with officially recognized sacred institutions; and also because it regards what it calls religion as one of many interests which can be placed alongside economics, art, science, politics, and techniques.  Hence the objection it voices to Christian monotheism appears in such injunctions only as that religion should be kept out of politics and business, or that christian faith must learn to get along with other religions.  What is often meant is that not only the claims of religious groups but all consideration of the claims of Christ and God should be banished from the spheres where other gods, called values, reign.  The implied charge against Christian faith is like the ancient one: it imperils society by its attack on its religious life; it deprives social institution of their cultic, sacred character; by its refusal to condone the pious superstitions of tolerant polytheism it threatens social unity.

    –H. Richard Niebuhr, Christ and Culture

    (Not So) Fantastic 4

    This list must be grouped as a collection of not-so fantastic links as they all do with shocking cases of abortion recently brought to light.

    In Australia, a couple has aborted twin boys because they wanted to have a girl.

    A married couple who aborted twin boys the wife was expecting after IVF treatment have gone to court to choose the sex of their next child – because they want a girl.

    The husband and wife already have three sons and said they now want to have a girl after their baby daughter died soon after birth.They are both aged in their 30s and have taken their case to a legal tribunal after an independent medical body known as the Patient Review Panel rejected their bid to choose the gender of their next child using IVF.

    A Pennsylvania doctor is charged with killing 7 babies after birth with scissors.

    Gosnell typically worked weeknights, arriving hours after his unskilled staff administered anesthesia and drugs to induce labor. He then “forced the live birth of viable babies in the sixth, seventh, eighth month of pregnancy and then killed those babies by cutting into the back of the neck with scissors and severing their spinal cord,”

    60% of African American Babies aborted in NYC.

    A new report has found that 41% of babies in the womb were aborted in New York City in 2009.

    As is common throughout the country, there was a major racial disparity, with the majority of abortions being from African-American and Hispanic women.  About 60% of African-American women’s unborn babies were aborted, 41.3% for Hispanic women, 22.7% for Asians, and 21.4% for Caucasians.

    Albert Mohler does a good job of summarizing the terrible week in abortion news and challenging the logic of abortion.

    Once we … Continue reading

    The Gospel and Culture

    Recently, on a Wednesday night, I shared some thoughts about our responsibility as Christians to engage culture. Al Mohler has defined our (American) culture using seven characteristics, each of which begin with the word self.

    • Self-fulfillment. We are a culture that seeks to satisfy ourselves, seen primarily in the triumph of the therapeutic culture. Self-help books and self-therapy books abound.
    • Self-sufficiency. We actually brag about this one. I did it my way all by myself. This is American, but this is not necessarily godly.
    • Self-definition. We define what it means to be human (the abortion debate, the cloning debate, and even the designer birth debate), what it means to be male and female (the gay marriage debate), what it means to be _______ (insert your own).
    • Self-absorption. We are totally focused on ourselves. We have back decks and back yards, no longer do we value front porches and neighbors. We regularly see divorce because “I wasn’t happy…I needed to do this for me.”
    • Self-transcendence. This suggests that we can pick up bits and pieces of religion from where ever we want and that will be good enough. We recognize the inherit spirituality within ourselves, but we fool ourselves into believing that we can define and dictate God.
    • Self-enhancement. This is the idea that we can actually make ourselves better than God did. This abounds with the ideas that we can extend life, with parents who give breast augmentation to their kids for graduation gifts, with liposuction, and botox.
    • Self-Security. We believe ourselves to be relatively secure. Though we say things like “You aren’t promised tomorrow,” few of us rarely believe that to the very core of our beings. We are pretty confident that tomorrow will come and that it will be pretty good (nearly half of … Continue reading

    Knowing Culture or Knowing People

    “I do not think this means that every preacher has to become a great cultural expert. It can be daunting to hear a speaker imply that unless we all become equipped to give deep and perceptive analyses of everything from the fashion industry to climate change, we cannot preach. We cannot each become experts in every aspect of our culture and contemporary issues. What we can and must do is love the people we serve and the people we seek to reach. And if we love people we will listen to them and begin to understand them. And if we do that thoughtfully we are bound to get an insight into culture.”

    -Christopher Ash, The Priority of Preaching (Ross-shire, Scotland: Christian Focus, 2009), 56.

    HT: Unashamed Workman