The Importance of having a Biblical World-View – part1:
Here are some biblical passages that emphasize the importance of having our heart, soul, and mind fully surrendered unto God and based upon His Word alone (having a Biblical World-View):
For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?”
But we have the MIND of Christ. (I Corinthians 2:16)
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus (Philippians 2:5).
Rejoice in the LORD always. Again I will say, rejoice! (5) Let your gentleness be known to all men. The LORD is at hand. (6) Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; (7) and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (8) Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy – meditate on these things. (9) The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. (Philippians 4:4-9)
You will keep him (or her) in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he (or she) trusts in You (Isaiah 26:3)
(Jesus said:) And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. (Mark 12:30)
In addition to this brief listing of passages, one needs only to study the book of Proverbs in the Bible and it will become obvious that God believes it is necessary for us to have correct and holy thinking, and a correct and holy view of our world around us (our reality).
Why is this so important? Why is developing, having, maintaining and growing a Biblical World-View so vital to our lives?
Because God says so. …
And that should be enough... but for some, I am sorry to say, it is not. Many seem to want more evidence, more rationale, more reasons why having a Biblical Worldview is so important. I go even further with my claim and state that having such a World-View is absolutely necessary, imperative and critical to living life as God intended.
In that same way we started with the series on “Biblical Discernment – Missing in Action…“, we do the same here – we start with the a priori assumption of the same God, the God of the Bible, as the foundation of His revelation, the Holy Bible. He is our starting point, and His Holy Word, the Bible, as our written source, starting point.
Today, there are many religious voices and so-called teachings of “god(s)” from many other “holy books” of various religions and cults that bombard us daily, but if we claim to be Christians, followers of Jesus Christ, followers of the Messiah of Israel, then the ONE VOICE we MUST listen to, alone, is that of Yahweh our God, the God of Israel, the only living and true God, the God of the Holy Bible, the only Creator of the Universe. Without this foundation we cannot even come close to developing, having, maintaining and growing a Biblical World-View.
But before we get ahead of ourselves, we might want to take a stab at finding out what a worldview is, in the first place.
(the following is a quote from an Article from Answers in Genesis: [http://bit.ly/t8klbP])
The definition of worldview from The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, 2000:
1. The overall perspective from which one sees and interprets the world.
2. A collection of beliefs about life and the universe held by an individual or a group.
A person’s worldview, whether it be Christian, humanist or whatever is a personal insight about meaning and reality. It is how a person interprets, through his or her own eyes, a personal belief about the world. A person’s worldview tries to give reasons for how the facts of reality relate and tie together. The summation of these facts provides the big picture into which the daily events of a person’s life should fit.
The Basis, the Foundation of what forms your World-View is extremely “life or death” important to living for Christ, because what forms your World-View – what it consists of, is what shapes your thoughts, your ideas, your philosophy of life, your decisions, your choices, your choices for friendships, how your treat others in relationships, how you live your life, and so on. Your World-View is the very CORE of how you view your reality around you and is the CORE or ROOT of how you NAVIGATE life within your world around you.
If your World-View is not based upon God’s Word, alone, then your view of who God is, what He means to you, how you think that HE should relate to you, and so on… will be cloudy and affect how you “supposedly live” for Christ. Your World-View might be hazy, confusing, cloudy (and not clear), and you might not understand how much God truly loves you.
What happens if you find out that you have a MIXED World-View – a mixture of some churchy, biblical beliefs and platitudes, along with a mixture current (today’s) cultural beliefs and morality… how will this affect you, personally? Are you immune to any of these influences of the current, sinful, selfish, godless world around you? Are you the exception to the rule? Does what you meditate upon, actually affect your World-View. Does it, then, affect your interests, your wants, and your desires?
How can a person develop, maintain, and grow a Healthy, Biblical World-View?
(hint: start reading Proverbs, and The New Testament of the Bible, that would be a good start…)
These and other questions we will seek to find answers to in our next installment in this series.
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The Importance of Having a Biblical World-View
Live like you mean it, for Yahweh’s Sake,