I John: A Primer on Worldviews.

15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life[a]—is not from the Father but is from the world. 17 And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.” (I John 2:15-17)

What is a worldview? A worldview is a particular philosophy of life or an understanding of the world in which we live. An individual’s worldview may be political (conservative or liberal), economic (socialist or capitalist), or even social a woman’s right to choose an abortion or right to life).

Whatever worldview is held, it is the motivation for life and living for the individual, group, and even a nation. For example, the National Socialist Workers Party (Nazi) possessed a worldview regarding world domination which engulfed not only early 20th century Germany but which eventually led to the Holocaust and World War II.

Ultimately, there are but two foundational worldviews regarding life and living. They are mutually exclusive. In other words, they are mutually incompatible. These two worldviews I identify as Biblical Theism and Atheistic Humanism.

Biblical Theism holds to four fundamental premises. These are (1) God exists. The One, True God of the Scriptures; (2) The God of the Bible has established what is absolute right and wrong, along with good and evil; (3) God has established what the ultimate meaning of life is for humanity; and (4) the ultimate meaning for humanity is to honor the One, True God of the Bible and obey His commandments.

Atheistic Humanism also holds to four fundamental premises. These are (1) the One, True God does not exist. As such, there is either no one god or rather many gods which do exist; (2) there is no absolute right or wrong, good or evil; (3) there is no ultimate meaning to life and living; and (4) it is up to humanity, in general and individually, to find their own meaning for life.

Biblical Theism seeks to influence the followers of Atheistic Humanism with the message of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. This message essentially is that the God of the Bible exists, sin exists which is disobedience against God, salvation or deliverance from the penalty, power and eventual presence of sin exists, and God offers this salvation by grace alone, through God given faith alone in the person and work of Jesus Christ alone.

Atheistic Humanism, in contrast, seeks to destroy Biblical Theism and anyone who follows this worldview. Efforts to do so are documented throughout church history and are conspicuous in the present culture. The Scriptures, in many texts including today’s, call those who follow Atheistic Humanism as the world. It is the fallen, sinful system of thought and behavior which sets itself up against God and His disciples. It seeks to destroy the believer in Christ because the world hates Christ and those who follow Him.

Jesus said it this way: 18 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.21 but all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 Whoever hates me hates my Father also.24 If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin, but now they have seen and hated both me and my Father. 25 But the word that is written in their Law must be fulfilled: ‘They hated me without a cause.’ (John 15:18-25)

How does the fallen, world system seek to undermine Biblical Theism and the believer in Christ who holds to this worldview? That is what we will examine, from I John 2:15-17, when next we gather together.

How fervently do you follow the tenants of Biblical Theism? Do you see any Atheistic Humanism in your thoughts and perspectives towards life and living? If so, repent of them immediately and ask God to give you the strength to resist such thoughts and perspectives in the future.

May the Lord’s truth and grace be found here.

Soli deo Gloria!

 

 

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