Worldview and You: Truth vs. ‘Truth’

By Tom Gilson

It is a violent world we live in. The approaching ten-year anniversary of 9/11 serves as a painful reminder of that. Terrorism, war, and crime are by no means the only manifestations of that violence. The other battleground, possibly the chief one of them all, is worldview.

You may have seen “worldview” defined in various ways. One of the most common explanations is that one’s worldview is like the glasses through which one looks at reality. Although reality is exactly what it is, the way we see it differs based on our various worldviews.

Here’s another way to look at it. There are multiple “truths” in the world. Above them all is the Truth, which is that which God knows to be true, in which He graciously allows followers of Christ to share. That Truth inevitably conflicts with all other “truths.” And that idea leads to my alternate definition of Christian worldview. A Christian worldview is one’s foundation of knowledge and attitudes, based in God’s Truth, from which one engages with and confronts every other “truth.”

I want to be sure my language on this is clear. Any so-called “truth” in conflict with God’s Truth is no truth at all; it is a lie, a manifestation of the one great Lie that tells us the God of the Bible is not the one God and King over all. The war between the Truth and “truths” is really the war between Truth and the Lie. But the Lie doesn’t come to us openly announcing, “I’m false, I’m deceptive.” It comes to us pretending it is true. For that reason, even though we know the battle is really the Truth against the Lie, sometimes it can be helpful to think of it as the Truth against “truths” that are not true.

Possibly the most insidious of all these “truths” is the one that says truths don’t conflict: that we can all live happily together with our various ideas of truth, that it’s impolite to suppose that any of us could really be wrong, and that everything is going to turn out all right for everyone in the end. It is a lovely dream, an attractive ideal, but nevertheless a deadly distortion.

Yes, we know that Jesus is the Prince of Peace who said, “Peace I bring to you,” and of whom it was said “he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility.” But he came to bring grace and truth, to bear witness to the truth

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