What are some Christian Worldview Essentials?

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by Matt Slick

A worldview is a set of beliefs used to understand the world. Everyone has a worldview.  Everyone has a set of principles by which to judge right and wrong, and which guides them in everyday living.  You stop at a red light, go at a green. You leave a tip with a waiter or a waitress.  You try and color coordinate your clothes.  You voice your order for food to a speaker box while sitting in your car.  You cast a vote for a political leader.  Why do these things?  Because you are accustomed to doing them in a manner that is consistent with what you believe.  In other words, you behave according to your worldview.

Your worldview forms the basis of how you interpret reality.  Your world view is a lens through which you look at the world.  Your worldview shapes your moral opinions.  It affects what you believe about God, marriage, politics, social structures, environmental concerns, educational requirements, economics, the raising of children, what kind of foods to eat, etc.  It affects everything, because all of that which is around you and all of that with which you interact must be interpreted and must be understood in light of your worldview.

According to Barna Research, "About half of all adults (54%) claim that they make their moral choices on the basis of specific principles or standards in which they believe. Other common means of making moral choices include doing what feels right or comfortable (24%), doing whatever makes the most people happy or causes the least conflict (9%), and pursuing whatever produces the most positive outcomes for the person (7%)."

Why the difference in results?  People have different worldviews, different opinions about God, man, purpose, life, right and wrong…

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