The basic building blocks of our way of looking at life make a world of difference in every area of our lives. Everybody has a worldview. Not everyone can define theirs, but we all utilize it everyday.
Aworldview in its most foundational level answers the following questions:
- What is really real?
- Who is man?
- What is man’s problem?
- What is the solution?
The Christian answers these as follows.
- God is really real. He is the foundation for all knowledge and truth.
- Man is made in God’s image, yet is finite and created.
- Man chose to do things his way and became separated from God
- God provided His own Son to pay the price for mans sins and to restore man to a rightful relationship with God.
Out of a worldview come many subcategories and networks of thinking. Due to a person maintaining the validity of one foundational principal a whole series of mini-principals follow creating a complex worldview. It’s analogous to a pyramid; it starts narrow from the top and broadens as it nears the bottom. For the Christian the foundation starts at the top with God and broadens from that point downward. For the secular humanist one would need a circle for illustration purposes as reality starts and ends with man.
The subcategories affected by the building blocks of a worldview consist of history, politics, education, family, philosophy, morality, life, death, afterlife, and all the intricacies therein.
If our view of reality isn’t true then all areas of our life will be off kilter. We must examine our thinking to ensure that it lines up with reality. It is imperative to have the right blocks in place on which to build every other area of thought. The whole web of belief will blow away if it is not firmly rooted in truth.
Discussion for comments: What is your worldview and how did you arrive at it?