Apologetics and Your Kids: Inculcating the Right Worldview
by Paul Martin Henebury
The Bible has a very specific and definitive outlook on the meaning of life. In the parlance of modern culture such an outlook is called a “Worldview.” There has been a lot of talk about worldview in recent years, and this is on the whole a good development. Worldviews are very important, and appreciation of them, and of the Christian-Biblical Worldview in particular, is without doubt a great benefit.
Briefly: What a Worldview is
A worldview is basically the lens or prism through which a person “looks”, and with which they interpret most of life. There are many definitions; some good, some not so good, but the key element of a worldview is a commitment of the heart. I don’t say total commitment. To be sure, no one consistently follows their worldview – and few in fact realize there is one to follow. But we all have one, and their influence upon us is often pronounced, for good or ill.
To illustrate this just think about the kinds of messages about which tell us how to think:
“Listen to your heart”
“You have your truth and I have mine.”
“People who think they are right and others are wrong are just bigoted”
“We evolved from some prebiotic slime and are here by cosmic accident.”
“We decide our own fate.”
These are all sayings which proceed from a false worldview, but a pretty prevalent one all the same. These sayings each are tinged with a pretended moral authority which makes them appear more imposing than they are. And people who absorb these kinds of beliefs will always tend to have little use for the concept of Truth as we’ve discussed it; or for absolutes, or indeed God. They will have no answers to the Big Questions of Life: the kind of questions teens often ask (a subject to which we’ll have to return). And the more tenaciously these trite sayings are held, the less patience these folks will usually have for Christian answers.
One thing is for sure; if any of these pat opinions take hold in the hearts of our kids, Christian Truth claims will be held with less conviction…
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