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Wednesday, 09 August 2017 09:28



In past weeks, we’ve looked at worldviews – systems of belief which determine human behaviors - including materialism, individualism, hedonism, pragmatism, naturalism and legalism. The Christian analysis of life focuses on three categories: creation, the fall, and redemption. Creation answers the vitally important question, “Where did we come from?” The first words in the Bible are, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). 

An illustrated book published in 1983 gives a humorous account of two small wooden figures lying on a newspaper. They strike up a conversation about their origins, and one comes up with preposterous-sounding explanations while the other keeps questioning the logic. “’Suppose a branch broke off a tree and fell on a sharp rock in just the right way, so that one end split open and made legs. So there you have legs,’” says one. He goes on to say that a hurricane may have tumbled the wooden piece down a hill and sand helped smooth it, until lightning struck it – zing! – and arms, fingers and toes appeared. Then perhaps insects or woodpeckers or hailstones created eye sockets, etc., all over millions of years. To learn the end of the story, I recommend you look up “Yellow & Pink” by William Steig. Your children will understand it to be a fantasy. 

In the Christian worldview, God created not only the universe but he custom designs each of us and chooses to love us. Psalm 139: 13-16 in the New Living Translation reads, “You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank You for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous … You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born.” Then, “The Lord your God is with you, he is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing” (Zephaniah 3:17). 

The implications of this analysis of worldview provide the security of knowing our lives have sanctity and worth. We in turn think of other people as having dignity, and how our destiny is to impact them. “For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do” (Ephesians 2:10). 

When things don’t go as we wish or plan, our problems then put forth possibilities. Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers, enduring years of hardship. When famine hit and the brothers came to buy grain from the second-in-command in Egypt, Joseph told them, “‘You intended to harm me. But God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives’” (Genesis 50:20). 

I greatly admired Pope John Paul II who issued an encyclical in 1995 defining a ‘culture of life’. Just looking around, though, we see that society has moved from focus on life to one of skulls and Day of the Dead.  C.S. Lewis wrote that civilizations come and go, but an individual’s eternal life endures. So, when “doing church” or working at our jobs, we should view each person as an eternal soul and reflect on the effect we have on them. 

I choose to follow a Christian worldview, partly because God’s account of creation makes sense, but also because I know Jesus who lived 2,000 years ago and is alive today. Over the next two weeks we’ll examine two more questions, “Why is the world so messed up?” (the fall) and “What’s the solution?” (redemption).




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