As part of the ongoing Truth Project involvement, the pastor challenged each member of the congregation to write out a statement of their worldview. He suggested keeping it to about a page, so it doesn’t get unwieldy.
I realize that I’m being more than a little cute here, but here’s my first draft: A One Page Christian Worldview.
Have a look.
Go on, I’ll wait.
Yeah, okay, so it’s not original with me. Gimmeabreak–you want me to do better than that?
Not better, you say, just different. Something in your own words, Tim. What you believe…
Sure. What’s on that page is what I believe. So what if I didn’t write it? It’s not like the Christian faith is original with me, either. I didn’t invent any of this.
C’mon, be a sport…
Okay, but I’m trying to make a point. Before we go individualizing the situation into chaos — haven’t we got plenty of that already? — let’s remember who we are and where we’ve come from. It’s not like Our People never thought about these things before. If I’m going to draft a statement, I am not, in fact, coming to the thing de novo, and it is the height of forgetfulness, modernist arrogance, and flat-out folly to pretend that I am. Novelty and originality are not really virtues here; I’ll be using the well-worn symbols and language of the Bible and my fathers who steeped themselves in it.
That said, I have no problem setting out the intellectual aspects of worldview — only one part, but an important part — in my own words. For the next little while I’ll be doing it every week, in fact. Although I concede that those tend to run to a bit more than a page.
So here’s a short one:
Before the beginning was Yahweh, the Triune God who eternally lives: Father, Son and Holy Spirit in loving union. Yahweh spoke the universe into existence, separate from Himself, but created and loved by Him. The universe is the ultimate miniature — a finite expression of infinity, a perfect revelation of Yahweh’s eternal power and God-ness, so clear that no one has any excuse for not knowing Him. Into that world God placed man to rule as His image-bearer. As His image-bearer, man is to guard and cultivate the creation, to know and love the creation as God does, and so God made man to know, and the creation to be known by Him. God has given instructions in our task, and in this way we know right from wrong. Our first parents chose wrong, which introduced death into the world, but Christ redeemed us from the power of death and through faith in Him we are able to transcend death through the resurrection. God is slowly maturing the human race to the day when sin will be finally eradicated, and those who refuse to believe God will be quarantined in the lake of fire. From then onward, a righteous humanity will continue to mature into eternity.