Worldview Development, Part 2

It is impossible to arrive at a worldview that is not largely influenced by at least one of the world religions. Contrary to popular belief, there is no neutral worldview.

Worldviews are like the superheroes we like to watch at the movies. They all have an genesisorigin story. Each of them originate in a particular religious foundation. You may want to protest that secularism is devoid of religion because isn’t that the point of being secular? To quote Vishal Mangalwadi, “secularism is a Christian heresy.” Its foundational underpinnings come from the Bible despite having been severely diluted. Continue reading “Worldview Development, Part 2”

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Theology Is For You

theologyJust because we believe in Jesus, does not automatically mean that we think like Jesus. We believe in Truth, we also need to think with truth.

Theology is not for the intellectual professors and theologians. It’s not for the people who like to read thick books. It is for every Christian. It is for every area of life. The way you think is the way that you go.

Theology is thought about God and life that has been carefully constructed by aid of revelation, nature, and reason. Good theology should be in line with the Bible (revelation), science (nature), and clear right thinking (reason). Continue reading “Theology Is For You”

Rekindling Hope in a Dark World

light-of-the-worldThe Western world has run amok, but I am not going to react to it. We have all heard of the violent acts in Florida, Dallas, France, Baton Rouge, Germany, and now Florida again.

The best thing I can do in response is to stay the course that God has called me to travel. I will continue teaching people to honor those in authority and to respect all people regardless of race, class, gender, or religion. I will not become reactive, distracted, or intolerable in response to current events.

Before the families have been notified, social media surges with political opinions and demands. We can denounce such violence all we want, but it will not stop it.

Frankly, I am more concerned with the responses and lives of Christians in this nation than I am the damage wrought by terrorism. Continue reading “Rekindling Hope in a Dark World”

Thinking that leads to Repentance

fe1bc295-65ce-4931-81e4-bbec4c63baf1I once thought along hard lines. If you pushed against one of those lines, I pushed back. If your thinking did not fit inside my lines, it was wrong and you were wrong. I believed in absolute truth. There was no margin for error. If my truth was in error, I was in error, and maybe all of Christendom. I had to hold the fort and hold it I did.

I admired the sharp lines of my thinking. I sought to perfect those lines with study. I read all that supported my thinking and nothing that would threaten it. Then one day I ran into people. These people became my friends. And these friends thought differently than me. These friends were good strong Christians, yet they did not see the world the same as I. Continue reading “Thinking that leads to Repentance”

Why Are We All Arguing?

cookie-cutterIf we all thought the same way, we would be in trouble. When we are free to think for ourselves, we are free to think poorly as well as rightly. We are free to think sideways, backwards, or not at all. If we are not free to think worse, we are not free to think better.

When I watch debates raging across social media, I think we have all gone mad. We seldom debate to reach truth. We debate to dominate and stamp out the opposition. I’m free to share my opinion, but your opinion should not exist. This is proven when we are angry at someone for saying something we interpret as stupid. Continue reading “Why Are We All Arguing?”

Religion & American Politics

light-vs-dark-sideDuring the political season it is easy to adopt an us versus them mentality. Such a mentality leads to polarized thinking where “we” are the good guys and “they” are the bad guys. All “their” ideas are hogwash and all of “our” ideas are the hallmark of wisdom. Soon the ideas themselves are sacrificed to the greater cause of party politics. We demonize the “other” and glorify the one we identify as the only wise choice.

Though in this political season, some feel that no one candidate is the wise choice and all are sorely lacking as leaders. Regardless, when all the dust settles one of these candidates will be chosen as President. The one that is chosen will need to be respected as President.

On one hand, this political season has brought voters out of the woodwork and interest in the political process has soared compared to what has been normal. This is a very good thing. America needs her citizens to be interested and invested in the political process. The Republic is strengthened the more citizens become active participants in choosing their representatives. Continue reading “Religion & American Politics”

Truth and Facts: What’s the Truth?

Uchitel-1The first day of my Advanced English class, my professor announced to the class that we needed to get one thing straight before we commenced the semester. She then declared unequivocally that there is no absolute truth. She asked if that was settled or if anyone objected. My hand shot up. My heart was pounding as she and the class turned their attention on me.

“Ok then give me a fact, any fact,” she challenged.

“The earth is round,” came my response.

“Have you measured it?” She taunted.

I stared at her confused as to her retort.

“Give me another fact,” she persisted. Continue reading “Truth and Facts: What’s the Truth?”

Thinking about Donald Trump

downloadDonald Trump invokes a plethora of different responses from the public. I believe one could write a good article on why Donald Trump should not be elected President. I also believe one could write a good article on why he should be elected President. This article is neither. I am writing this article because of the lack of thought behind almost every post I read where Trump is concerned. (There are a few great voices making some great points for or against Trump). Continue reading “Thinking about Donald Trump”

Worldview Development

Christian-worldviewWe do not have to be philosophers or theologians to have a worldview. It is that collection of knowledge and experience that forms the filter of how we interpret the world around us.

Worldviews have large and small components. They are both shared with the group, and unique to the individual. For instance, one can have a Christian worldview, and yet think very differently than other Christians. One can even have a Christian worldview and not be a Christian. Having a Christian worldview could mean that Christian thinking has influenced our minds, either by living in a Christianized culture, or by having parents that were shaped by a Christian environment. Much of the Western world has been influenced by the Bible.

On the flip side, a secular non-Christian worldview may be the greater influence over our thinking. We may have latched on more to what we were taught in public education than what we were taught at home. Alternatively, maybe we grew up glued to the television and our worldview became shaped by Hollywood. Perhaps, our politics become the lens we use interpret Scripture, instead of Scripture being the lens by which interpret politics. Continue reading “Worldview Development”

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