The Christian worldview is the best home for facts. The idea that one can have “just the facts” with no framework to judge them except “objective” human common sense is the worldview of naturalism. It is not Christian. We must get away from the idea that there is a neutral worldview. Truth runs deeper than mere facts. It involves interpreting the data within the framework of what is good and true. It is not imposing a cultural idea on the facts, it is receiving true truth from God’s written revelation.
As Christians we infuse God’s meaning on the conception of a child, calling the child a baby. Scientific investigation cannot provide that designation without operating through a Christian worldview Continue reading Facts in Context of Truth
It is a myth of epic proportions that relationships work between the right people and fail between the wrong people. Today parents believe they got a bad egg, when their child does not behave. Men and women believe they married the wrong person, when their marriage is in shambles. We have the same thinking when it comes to our pets, we think we got a bad dog when it barks all the time, or chews the furniture.
In reality, no one drew the short straw. Everyone is in the same boat of needing to learn how to have healthy relationships. No one is going to birth a child that knows how to behave. No one is going to have a healthy marriage without learning how. No barking dog is going to bark less unless it is trained to do so.
If you burn everything you cook on your stove, you don’t buy a new stove to fix the problem, you learn how to cook. No one can cook without learning how. Some will learn from trial and error, some from cook books, some from parents or a friend, and some from You Tube. But no one just knows how to cook.
We did not do something wrong by not having been taught. But once we realize we want to cook and enjoy what we make, it is time to make the effort to learn. The myth that relationships work with the right people will keep us from realizing our problem is not a need for the right people, but the right training.
When we are properly armed with the right tools for healthy relationships, Continue reading The Importance of Learning How to Love
If common sense is a myth, then there are practical changes in how we see the world once we stop believing the myth. Here are a few examples of how we will need to look at the world differently.
- We cannot expect people to behave according to an innate system of morality. If a person or group of people has not been taught how to behave according to one set of beliefs over another, then their frame of reference is going to be different than those who have had this instruction. We are likely to be as ignorant of their upbringing as they are of ours.
- Thus, we cannot assume people know better. While it may be difficult to think outside of our own worldview, it is necessary to understand that most people think differently than we do. We cannot judge that a person is doing something wrong Continue reading The Myth of Common Sense: Part II
We have stopped believing the Bible. What we preach isn’t working because it isn’t true. The American evangelical church has replaced the doctrine of original sin with the myth of common sense. In so doing, we expect people to behave like Christians without knowing Jesus. Believing this myth, we have given the world too much credit and the Bible too little.
During my senior year of high school, I sat at my desk in my algebra class listening to the banter between a foreign exchange student and an American classmate. The Korean young lady used an English word that was unknown to the American student. The American student protested the use of the word that he didn’t know. The girl pulled out her vocabulary book from our English class and showed him that it was in our own text book and proclaimed that he ought to know it. He countered that just because it was in our text book didn’t mean that we would know the word. The foreign student valued mastery of the English language, the English speaking student did not. English was not special to us like it was to her. It was common to us so no extra effort needed to be expended in refining its use.
Likewise, believers take the Bible for granted. We think we know it inside and out, but what we know are key concepts, phrases, and stories. We have lost their relevant application to society at large outside of a salvation or moral context. We can explain the path to Jesus, but not the path to a stable nation. Continue reading The Myth of Common Sense