God, the World and Related Subjects

What is a biblical worldview? At the very least, a biblical worldview is the “overall unity of philosophical or metaphysical outlook (Edmond L. Cherbonnier. Hardness of Heart (Garden City, N.Y.: Doubleday, 1955), preface). When your eyes cease to roll, we will continue. Don’t hurry, I can wait.

Simply put, while diversity of theological outlook exists in Scripture, there are some things that God says over and over again. God does so through the centuries and across various forms of literature in Scripture. From this one can distill a Christian biblical worldview.

A biblical worldview of salvation (the doctine of soteriology, for those who have blissfully put seminary out of their minds), for instance, insists that salvation requires a choice and a change, rather than mere acceptance of an already extant state of reality with God. A person decides for God and orders life accordingly.

Some splinters off the Christian tree (many they are and more will swell their number) insist that all persons possess salvation. Different ways abound to express the old docetic gnostic idea that the human spirit owns divinity whatever the body may do. This is the Greek dualism that dominates Western thought and besmirches the Christian faith. Jesus and his disciples, of whatever age, teach the unity of body and spirit so that what we do in the body expresses (and in some ways determines) what we are in the mind and heart.

A biblical worldview calls a person to choose a godly life. Calvinist friend, remember the dictum of Spurgeon who said he preached the sovereignty of God because he found it in Scripture and the responsibility of man for the same reason. Old Testament, pre- and post- Exodus, The Law, the Prophets and the Poetry all tell a story of a God who calls people to choose and change.

Abraham, on whose response to God depends much of the Old and New Covenants, chooses to leave off the worship of sun and moon and stars that is the daily religious expression of his time. He accepts the revelation of the One, True God. He follows God out of Ur and into the Land of Promise. This is a choice and a change but not the first or last in the Old Testament.

God, we see, is a particular person rather than a disembodied force. God is one God distinct in three persons (read I Peter 1:1,2 to your Saturday morning binitarian Watch Tower salesmen) but not a vague force who resides in the muscle memory of a race God creates. When we meet God, it is in history (time) and in space (the here as well as the now). To meet God requires us to have a metaphysical kind of knowing that transcends the rational sphere but neither overlooks nor denigrates rationality to the subjective.

So how we know matters. How we think goes a long way to determine what we believe. How we live says a lot about how we trust God. Do you ever get a bit sad when someone insists that we must keep God (by which they probably mean religion) out of the workplace or out of the public arena? Again, here is the old Greek dualism, the separation of spirit and body that compartmentalizes the sacred away from the secular, to the ultimate degradation of both.

Bucko, trust God every day, every moment. Keep the faith in every particular. Insist on the true and living God as the Bible presents that God and the Holy Spirit interprets. Special revelation requires divine interpretation. Help us form that biblical worldview in the young (and help us old fogsters know what you think and feel).

Grace and peace be yours in the name of our Lord and Savior.

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