Christian Worldview – An Integrated Framework
Christian worldview is more that a religious belief system. In fact, the Christian worldview is a complete and integrated framework through which to see the entire world. Our friends at Summit Ministries have helped us explain the basics of the Christian Worldview across ten major categories. For comprehensive coverage of each concept, please click on READ MORE at the end of each paragraph.
Christian Worldview – The Individual Elements
A Christian worldview is a comprehensive view of the world from a biblical standpoint. Therefore, a Christian’s view of the world should be an integrated whole, comprised of a number of distinct, biblical elements. Indeed, each Christian should filter his or her day through a pair of biblical/spiritual goggles, and see the world as a harmonious set of beliefs and perspectives.
Christian Theology – Theism (Trinitarian)
The Theology of the Christian worldview is the affirmation of the existence of an intelligent, powerful, loving, just, and awesome God who exists in the Trinity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. From the Christian perspective, “In the beginning God” (Genesis 1:1) is the foundation for all meaning. The Christian worldview further proclaims that this powerful, intelligent God who created all things in heaven and earth is the same God who took upon Himself human form in the person of Jesus Christ and died for our sins. Christianity proclaims a God who is both Mind and Heart -- who not only created the world, but also loves it so much that He sent His only begotten Son to die for it. READ MORE
Christian Philosophy – Supernaturalism (Faith and Reason)
The single most important philosophical truth in the Christian worldview is that Jesus Christ is the Logos (word, or mind) of God. Christian philosophy says Christ, the Logos, is the explanation for the universe and everything in it. The major charge against the Christian worldview in general and Christian philosophy in particular, is that it is unscientific. Christians claim that the Christian doctrines of God, creation, Logos, design, purpose, law, order, and life are reasonable, and consistent with the findings of science, history, and personal experience in a way that the philosophies of dialectical materialism and philosophical naturalism will never be. READ MORE
Christian Ethics – Moral Absolutes
According to the Christian worldview, God’s moral nature is absolute and unchanging. God always hates evil and loves good. The Bible is of supreme importance because it tells us the difference between good and evil, providing a framework on which a completely unambiguous ethics must be built. According to the Christian worldview, ethical relativism leads to destruction (Matthew 7:13). Christian ethics is inseparable from Christian theology for the simple reason that Christian ethics is grounded in the character of God. Rather than believing in some ethical scheme bound to society’s ever-changing whims, the Christian worldview has a specific moral order revealed to man through both general revelation and special revelation of the Bible and the person of Jesus Christ. READ MORE
Christianity and Science – Creationism
Only the creationist perspective can adequately account for the design in nature, since it postulates a Designer, a law-giver, and an orderly cause, while the materialist can only posit chance. The Christian worldview holds that the creationist model as described in scripture better fits the facts of science than the evolutionary model. Christianity trusts the authority of Genesis and declarations concerning creation, such as Mark 10:6 and Colossians 1:16. Christianity and science are demonstrated to be compatible and to declare in unison that God “created all things” (Ephesians 3:9). The Bible gives us information about God and His universe, while science gives us information about God’s universe. READ MORE
Christian Psychology– Mind/Body Dualism (Fallen Nature of Man)
Only the Christian worldview, with its emphasis on the spiritual and its understanding of man’s fallen condition (Romans 1-2) can truly address the innermost concerns of the individual. Christian psychology helps people get in touch with their real selves only because it allows them to recognize their own sinfulness and consequently their need for a Savior. Our greatest need is not self-esteem; rather, it is the realization that we are sinners in rebellion against God. Only after receiving Christ as Savior can people begin to understand their value as creations in God’s image and lead triumphant lives. Rather than demanding that the individual ignore his conscience, the Christian worldview calls for him to recognize that his guilt is real, then to face his guilt and repent. READ MORE
Christian Sociology – Traditional Family, Church, and State
According to the Christian worldview, Christian sociology is based on the proposition that both the individual and the social order are important to God, mankind, and society. Christ died and rose again for each person as an individual. God also ordained the social institutions of family, church, and state to teach love, respect, discipline, work, and community. Within the Christian worldview framework, sociology focuses both on society as a means for human cooperation in accordance with God’s will, and on the individual as a vital part of various social institutions in society. READ MORE
Christianity and Law – Divine / Natural Law
According to the Christian worldview, law consists of both natural and divine law originating in the very character or a righteous and loving God. Divine law is eternal because God is eternal. It is so eternal and permanent that someday God will use it to judge the world (Acts 17:31) in a judgment based on natural and revealed law (Romans 2:12). God established human government and the rule of law primarily to keep in check man’s sinful nature and passions (Romans 13:1-4). Because of the Fall, human history reflects a continuing effort by men to substitute man-made law for God’s law. The Christian worldview asserts that when God’s laws are obeyed, men and societies thrive. The Christian concept of human rights involves the biblical doctrine of man’s creation in the image of God. These rights, which carry with them specific responsibilities, are unalienable. READ MORE
Christian Politics – Justice, Freedom, and Order
The Christian worldview recognizes the state as a God-ordained institution (Genesis 9:6, Romans 13:1-7, 1 Peter 2:13-17). Christianity also believes in the depravity of man and his moral responsibility. Therefore, government is a necessary institution. However, government has limited obligations, not totalitarian powers. The Bible calls for limited government, Caesar has his role, but God has also appointed separate roles for the family and the church. READ MORE
Christian Economics – Stewardship of Property
The Christian worldview begins its economic theory with an assumption about human nature. The Bible declares that man is sinful. The Bible also establishes the concept of justice. Therefore, the most desirable economic system promotes justice by protecting the rights of individuals from infringement by others, containing basic checks and balances that can guarantee the protection of human rights. Accordingly, the Christian worldview maintains that the free enterprise system is the most compatible with these criterion. Economic systems that check injustice and grant men responsibility -- in terms of both private property and economic decisions -- can allow men the freedom to act with all the dignity of beings created in God’s image. The important end of economic theory in the Christian worldview is not riches or luxury, but the freedom to seek fulfillment through understanding one’s role in God’s universe. READ MORE
Christianity and History – Creation, Fall, and Redemption
The Christian worldview sees history as a movement from the creation of the world, through the fall of humanity, to the redemption of the world and humanity. It was the fall that destroyed humanity’s relationship with God, each other, and the world. It was the work of Jesus Christ on the cross that redeemed humanity and will finally restore the world back under God’s good rule. READ MORE
Christian Worldview – Conclusion
The Christian worldview is a comprehensive conception of the world from a Christian standpoint. Our friends at Summit Ministries remind us that our Christian worldview should affect every area of life, from psychology to sociology, from science to philosophy, from law to economics. True biblical Christianity is more than a set of religious doctrines to recite at church. Christianity as taught in the Bible is a complete worldview.
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