September 5, 2012
Part I: What is a world view?
A worldview is easily described as the person's perception of the world around them and is the framework for decision making. You can think of a worldview like a pair of glasses. When you look out of those glasses what do you see? Dr. Weider in his presentation gave an example; if your glasses are red then everything around you will be red. (Weider & Gotierrez, 2011) This is the same for worldview. Everyone has a worldview if they know it or not. It's how we organize our thinking about life, death, art, science, faith, learning, work, money, values, and morals. (Weider & Gutierrez, 2011, p.50) Worldview is our underlying philosophy of life.
Part II: Articulate the biblical/Christian Worldview with Five Questions
The Biblical Worldview begins with God and can be known through His creation of and revelation to humankind.(Weider & Gutierrez, 2011, p.69) This revelation of God can be described as general revelation or special revelation. General Revelation is known by humans by two methods. The two methods are natural and the creation of men and women in His image. (Weider & Gutierrez, 2011, p.70) General revelation is limited in its scope because of the fall; now humans are separated from God and were limited from their natural ability to know and have that relationship with God. Special revelation is when God makes known vital truths which cannot be known through general revelation. (Weider & Gutierrez, 2011, p. 72) Special revelation is where God reveals himself to us. An example of this is that He spoke to men in dreams and visions (Gen 20, 28). The most significant method of God's special revelation to humanity is in the Incarnation of the Lord Jesus Christ. (John 1:14). There are five questions that one must be able to answer to identify their worldview.
You must be able to answer the question of Origin. This is the question of how "Life began?" or "How mankind came into existence?" (Weider & Gutierrez, 2011, pg.55) A person with a Biblical Worldview believes that we got here by the creator God and that he created everything we see, including humankind. The bible starts off with ..."God created the heavens and the earth". (Gen 1:1) David, the Psalmist, declares that God is creator in Psalms 139:13-16. The Biblical Worldview believes that God is the Creator and we would not be here without Him.