A worldview is a person’s philosophy on life. Hindson and Caner define it as “the framework of beliefs by which a person views the world around him.”(The Popular Encyclopedia of Apologetics, Ed Hindson and Ergun Caner; Pg. 498). There are three primary categories of worldviews; theism, naturalism, and pantheism. Theism is the view or belief that one God exists. This God is usually the center of all things; everything begins and ends with this deity. Christianity falls under this form of worldview. Naturalism is the belief/view that God does not exist. As such, everything must be answered in natural terms. They feel that science has an answer for everything that exists. Atheistic religion falls under this worldview. Pantheism denies the existence of a personal god. Rather, they feel that all that exists is a part of god, saying that all in the universe is sacred. Some believe in a form of reincarnation, while others believe in a type of “force.” Hinduism and Buddhism fall under this worldview.
ARTICULATE THE BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW
There are five key questions that one can use to evaluate and one’s worldview. I will use these five questions to try to articulate the biblical/Christian worldview, and show why it is believed.
The first question is the Question of Origin. This is the basic question of “how did mankind come into existence?” According to the biblical worldview, everything came into existence as the result of God, our Creator. God is the first cause. The two Bible examples that support this are Genesis 1:1; 2 Peter 1:21.
The second question is the Question of Identity. What does it mean to be human? Are we more important than the other animals?
As Christians, we know that mankind is a special creation of God. God spoke all other things into existence, but he created man, from clay, in his own image. The importance of man is found in these two Scriptures: Psalms 8:5; Genesis 2:15.
The third question is the Question of...