Whether we know it or not we all have imprints on our lives. These imprints shape how we talk, act, treat others and much more! Most people do not even think twice about the phrases they say or their presuppositions towards people, politics and even music. The lists of things that are affected by our worldviews are almost infinite. For this post, my goal is to get you thinking about how you think. Where are you “coming from” when interacting with the culture around you?
Definition: What is a worldview? In the simplest form a worldview is, One’s personal view of the world and how one interprets it; the totality of one’s beliefs about reality; A general philosophy or view of life.
Everyone has a view of the world around them. So the question is, how does one come to hold the certain view he/she has? I have stated above that we all have imprints and these imprints shape who we are. Where do these imprints come from? Our worldview is shaped, through imprints, from the way our parents taught us, the friends we have, the music we listen to, even our ancestral culture. For instance, do people in the Florida Keys go about their day as people in New York City? In some ways yes, but the culture is more laid back in the Keys as it is in the BIG City. Take for instance, the sense of time in Hispanic countries compared to the sense of time in the U.S. This is shaped by the culture, family and everyday life. I like Louisville sports, while my wife likes Kentucky sports. Where does our sports affiliation come from? Our families. Our imprints shape our worldview which shapes the way we live out our lives on a daily basis.
How do you interpret the world around you? From where does your philosophy come from?
Is your worldview based on Biblical Truth or Opinion?
When you read Scripture, do you read it to shape how you interpret the world around you? Or, when you read Scripture, do you interpret it with your opinions shaped by the world around you? The latter is wrong. Plain and simple, we all come to the Bible with presuppositions based on our lifestyle, culture even sin. For example, if you believe that homosexuality is right, then you would read Scripture to uphold your belief. Take my own sin of wanting more material things. I do not like to read Scripture that beckons me to get rid of the things that distract me from my relationship to God. We all have a worldview, but the fact of the matter is that our worldview should not shape the way we apply the Scripture to our lives.
From today on, think about how you read God’s Holy Word. Read it so that God Himself, through the conviction of the Holy Spirit, will shape your worldview. Your opinion does not compare to the GREATNESS of God nor should it change the way you interpret the Bible.
Is your Worldview based on Biblical Truth or Opinions?
Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. Rather, we have renounced secret and shameful ways; we do not use deception, nor do we distort the word of God. On the contrary, by setting forth the truth plainly we commend ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,”made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:1-6