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Title: Why My Worldview Matters

Why My Worldview Matters
  • Koinonia Bible Study
  • April 13, 2007

Adapted from Colson Warrens Wide Angle
Framing Your Worldview
Worldview Definition
  • DVD Clip from Wide Angle
  • A worldview is simply the way we think the world
    works, and how we fit into it.
  • Chuck Colson, Wide Angle DVD

Importance of a Road Map
  • e.g. Driving to New York city

Need Road Map for Life
  • Worldview ? Lifes Road Map
  • Our worldview determines our
  • Decisions
  • Our life goals
  • What we think will make us happy
  • How we spend our money
  • How we treat others
  • ? Really difficult to live according to what you
    dont think!

What is My Worldview?
  • Everyone already has worldview
  • Picked up from…
  • Parents
  • Friends neighbors
  • School
  • TV movies

Hidden Worldviews
  • All around us
  • Canon Image is everything.
  • Image is more important than substance
  • Sprite Thirst is everything. Obey your thirst
  • Follow after your desires.
  • Volkswagen Jaded is overrated. Dare to be
  • Material possessions can bring happiness

Need to Consider
  • All Worldviews are not equal
  • Just like there are good/bad road maps…
  • …there are
  • Good Worldview vs. Bad Worldview
  • Accurate Worldview vs. Inaccurate Worldview

Questions of Life
  • Four Big Questions of Life
  • Where did I come from?
  • Why is the world such a mess?
  • Is there a solution?
  • What is my lifes purpose?
  • Worldview affects how you answer these questions
  • ? Your worldview is very practical!

Worldview Matters!
  • Ideas ? Consequences
  • e.g., Viktor Frankl (1905-1997)
  • Holocaust survivor of Auschwitz concentration

Frankls Warning
  • I am absolutely convinced that the gas chambers
    of Auschwitz, Treblinka, and Maidanek were
    ultimately prepared not in some ministry or other
    in Berlin, but rather at the desks and in lecture
    halls of nihilistic scientists and philosophers.
  • Ravi Zacharias, Can Man Live without God?,

Nihilistic Worldview
  • Nihilism A worldview that denies any objective
    ground of truth and especially of moral truths
  • Hitlers boast I freed Germany from the stupid
    and degrading fallacies of conscience and
    morality …. We will train young people before
    whom the world will tremble. I want young people
    capable of violence imperious (dominant),
    relentless and cruel.
  • Ravi Zacharias, Can Man Live without God?,

Why Worldview Matters
  • Worldview ? Framework for Understanding Reality
  • Physical Laws
  • e.g., Gravity
  • Moral Laws
  • e.g., Adultery
  • Wisdom ? Aligning ones life to Reality
  • Folly is a stubborn swimming against the stream
    of the universe … spitting into the wind.
    (Chuck Colson, How Now Shall we Live?, p.17)

Many Worldviews
  • Atheism
  • Existentialism
  • Hedonism
  • Humanism
  • Materialism
  • Nihilism
  • Pantheism
  • Polytheism
  • Postmodernism
  • Pragmatism
  • Socialism
  • Theism

Worldviews in Conflict
  • A man said to the universe
  • Sir, I exist.
  • However, replied the universe,
  • The fact has not created in me a sense of
  • - Stephen Crane, War is Kind and Other Lines.

Worldviews in Conflict
  • When I consider your heavens, the work of your
    fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have
    set in place, what is man that you are mindful of
    him, the son of man that you care for him? You
    made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
    and crowned him with glory and honor.
  • Psalm 83-5

Examples of Worldviews
  • Naturalism - The Cosmos is all that is or ever
    was or ever will be. (Carl Sagan, astronomer)
  • Existentialism- it is meaningless that we are
    born it is meaningless that we die. (Jean
    Paul Sartre, author)
  • Hedonism- Whoever dies with the most toys wins-
  • ? Contradicting worldviews cannot all be correct!

Christianity Is a Worldview
  • Failure of the Christian mind
  • We limit Christian thinking to a very narrow
    slice of life
  • Personal morality and devotion

Christianity Is a Worldview
  • Biblical Framework
  • God created the Universe Nature
  • ? Natural Laws Environment
  • God created People
  • ? Moral laws
  • God made us Social Beings
  • ? Social Justice Political Principles
  • God gave us Minds
  • ? Education

Christianity Is a Worldview
Loving God with Our Minds
  • Mark 1230 Love the Lord your God with all your
    heart and with all your soul and with all your
    mind and with all your strength.
  • Romans 122 Do not conform any longer to the
    pattern of this world, but be transformed by the
    renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to
    test and approve what God's will is-- his good,
    pleasing and perfect will.

Questions of Life Revisited
  • Four Big Questions of Life
  • Where did I come from?
  • Why is the world such a mess?
  • Is there a solution?
  • What is my lifes purpose?
  • ? Christianity satisfactorily answers all 4 of
    the Big questions of life!

Upcoming Weeks
  • Next Week How Do We Know Whats True?
  • Roessler 66, Friday _at_ 7pm
  • Come join us for 5 more lessons on Worldview!
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