Beyond Illusion: Leading from Reality

“For the revelation [vision] awaits an appointed time ,it speaks [as to kindle a fire] of the end [the Karios moment]. Though it linger, wait for it.it will certainly come and will not delay.” Hab. 2:3

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Look at the Nehemiah story.  Those guys doing the spiritual mapping of Jerusalem were reporting to Nehemiah that there was no vision, no passion, no security, no leadership and that those chosen people there were in disgrace. Is that a picture of America today? So here this one man goes in and turns that completely around in 52 days. Really? Remember this “one man” first spent four months in prayer and fasting. For what was Nehemiah praying? There is no wall mentioned in that first chapter of Nehemiah. He wasn’t praying for a wall. For what was he praying?

Carl’s book. Beyond Illusion: Leading from Reality, speaks into this change. Take a look at the Table of Contents, then order your copy from Amazon.com.

 

 

Worldview Weekend Online Rally

1st Annual Worldview Weekend Online RallyWhen: Sunday Night, February 27, 2011 Time: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm (Central Time)Cost: Free Where: www.worldviewweekend.com/onlinerally For: Ages 10 to 110Complete details at: www.worldviewweekend.com/onlinerallyWorldview speakersTopics Include: •  The Consequences of Political Correctness; : •  Understanding The Spiritual Nature of the Worldview War Raging in America and Around the Word; : • Exposing The Unbiblical Worldviews of Sigmund Freud, The Frankfurt School, Karl Marx, Friedrich Nietzsche and Georg Hegel and How Christians Must Respond; : • What is in and What is Out on Today’s College Campus; : • What Happens When a Nation Forgets God? : •  Seven Lessons America Should Learn From Nazi Germany;: •  Does The Fossil Record Support the Claims of Darwinian Evolution?: • How The Evolutionists Have Lost the Debate and Thus Redefined the Definition of Evolution; : •  The Worldview War of Islam; : •  What does the Koran really Say?;: •  How is Global Governance Becoming a Reality?; : •  Why is it Impossible for Christians and Muslims to find Common Ground; : •  Why We Must Make Disciples and Proclaim The Gospel Above All; : • What is Sustainable Development?;: • The Benefits of a Biblical Worldview; : •  The Consequences of Atheism; : • Just Because it is Legal Does Not Mean it is Biblical; : •  Why Parents—Not The State—Are Responsible for a Child’s Worldview Development; n Why We Must Exalt the Cross in the Gathering Darkness; : •  Why The Church Wins Even When We Appear to Be Losing; : •  How This Can Be The Greatest Hour For The Church and much more.When: Sunday Night, February 27, 2011 Time: 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm (Central Time)Cost: Free Where: www.worldviewweekend.com/onlinerally For: Ages 10 to 110Complete details at: www.worldviewweekend.com/onlinerallyDr. Ron Carlson Brannon Howse Dr. David Noebel Dr. Erwin Lutzer Usama Dakdok(Visit website for each speaker’s biographical sketch)How It Will Work:

  • If you have high speed internet, we recommend that you invite friends and family to your home for this evening of Biblical worldview training. A couple of weeks before the rally, those that registered online, will be e-mailed a link to a free conference workbook to print out. We suggest that every participant have copy of this workbook so they can fill in the information and have a resource for further personal study.
  • We suggest you hook your computer to a flat screen television using HDMI or hook your computer to a video projector and project the rally on to a wall or sheet. Video projectors can be rented from a local rental company or you could inquire about borrowing one from your church or a local Christian school.
  • Consider encouraging your church to host the Worldview Weekend Online Rally at your church in their auditorium or in a fellowship hall where individuals can bring refreshments.

Restoring the American Constitutional Government

America has embraced a single Constitution for over 200 years. This is very unusual for any country in the world. Unfortunately, however, our political leaders today are really violating basic principles that are an inherent part of that Constitution. The result has been a massive recession and related issues that threaten to destroy the nation if it is not corrected. (see our April, 2009 prediction on this.)

Take some time to personally read the Constitution. It is an incredible document. Most of the phrases in the American Constitution (such as “unalienable rights”) did not come from the men that wrote the Constitution, but from the pastors of around 1760. The pastors included John Wise, Jonathan Mayhew (“no taxation without representation.”), and George Whitefield. The pastors wrote and published their sermons at that time, and these sermons are still available on the Internet or are published and available on Amazon. The sermons, in turn, were from the Bible. The concepts of John Locke (an earlier philosopher) were also very influential in the development of the Constitution.Once the American Constitution was finished, these early leaders (some 250) helped the states put together their constitutions. These state constitutions were relatively short.

I have gleanings from those constitutions (they are on the Internet). Almost all required the elected officials of the states to be “orthodox Christians” or they used some phrase like that. It wasn’t so much forcing politicians to be Christians, but rather for the politicians to be able to use the Bible as a moral and ethical reference standard. A pastor could not be an elected official, as then he would be paid by both the state and the church, and that would be wrong. Schools had to teach the Bible, and in one case where a Frenchman came over and started a school based on his own thing, the legal case went all the way to the Supreme Court and the Court ruled the school had to teach the Bible.Of course, we are 180 degrees from that today and those original documents are suppressed in our public schools and no longer a part of American history courses in the schools. For example, those founders required an economic system based on “just weights”, as the Bible required of the Jews.

We now have a virtual money system, with the paper dollar no longer representing any just weight. The bonds floated by the government just last week makes every dollar you have worth less. That is inflation, and is not morally just. The University of Houston is researching the quotes in the Constitution and how many came from what pastors.

Now shift your thoughts for a moment. A major paradigm shift is breaking across our planet in our lifetimes. From my perspective, this is only the third since the birth of Christ. The first was the shattering of the Jewish wineskins at the birth of the Church (The Body of Christ) as the Gospel moved beyond the Jewish view of a political kingdom. The second was the Protestant Reformation. The shift there was enabled not so much by the Gutenberg Press, but rather by the fact that the Bible was translated by Luther into the German language and they could read it for themselves. The Germans could now read that Salvation was by faith instead depending upon the priests to interpret the path to Salvation in terms of their interests using a Latin Bible the people could not read. This affected the political systems, art, music, architecture, and other aspects of the culture at that time.Today the paradigm shifts again.

In America, those brilliant concepts shaped by our founders from the pastors (and thus from the Bible) have been twisted much like the priests did at the time of Luther. The economic system now uses virtual money manipulated by Wall Street – an immoral concept banned in the Constitution. There is now a discussion of using the Sharia (Muslim) law in our courts. Judges base decisions on previous decisions in courts, not on the Bible. Gays and lesbians are honored. There is very little political accountability or justice. Those original documents of the founders are no longer used in our schools to teach American history.The Constitution gave the Federal government no control over the public schools. Some of the states (Texas is leading the way) are rising up and demanding control over their textbooks and teaching. The original documents showing what was really the intention of those founders are beginning to be read in our schools and our churches can teach these truths (mine does) through all twelve grades.

Just as the Protestant Reformation started with Luther’s German translation that anyone could read. (The Gutenberg Press was only a tool). In the same way, the availability of those early American documents on the Internet could well start another Awakening here. It’s call the Tea Party movement now, but it will be interesting to see what happens next. Some of that early history stuff is already beginning to creep into the school textbooks. If it’s not in a teacher’s textbook, the teacher can point the student to the Internet sites, such as the wikis for the early pastors.

It’s the edge of another major paradigm shift. Also popular are people such as David Barton, who has researched much of this and authored books and DVDs on his results (http://www.wallbuilders.org).Here’s a good dialog question for comments here: How can we restore the Constitutional mandate?

Tip: It’s good to read what contemporary writers (such a Dave Barton) say about the beliefs of those founders, but to get real answers you must dig and read the original documents by these people. For example, don’t just read the wiki about John Locke on the Internet. Read the wiki on Locke’s Two Treatises of Government. Then go to Project Gutenberg on the Internet and download the book or order it from Amazon ($12).(Carl is available for speaking – contact him for availability – 503 697-4773 or email)

Preparing for the November Political Election #2

Ready to move ahead?My personal paradigm is the Christian worldview. How does that relate to all this? Or is there only one Christian worldview? Even the early founders had different perspectives on that.George Washington was believed to be a Christian. Many of the others were Deists. They believed in God, but not necessarily a personal God that loved them and acted in our world. Some had poor ethical and moral frameworks. Thomas Paine wrote the famous paper that mobilized the people when things were at their darkest; yet Paine himself was anti-Christian. Yet they all had a common concern to birth a nation where each person had the right to be really free.The early founders were angry at England for imposing a heavy tax burden on the colonists. In addition, from a spiritual perspective, they were heavily influenced by the Protestant Reformation and didn’t want any Church of England telling them how to worship. As taxes climbed higher (shades of 2010) they rebelled to extent of putting their lives on the line to get their freedom.What form of government? If you look at the Bible, you won’t see any scriptures that give any commands on this. The Israelites started with a Theocracy, but wanted a King like their neighbors. This eventually gave way to the Israelites choosing a government form of Federalism. This type can be defined as a system of national government in which power is divided between a central authority and a number of regions with limited self-governing authority. This is about the most effective type of government humans can choose.The Israelites were a federation of twelve tribes, each with its own identity. Moses appointed elders to serve the people, and Moses with the elders were the Executive and Judicial branch of their government. There was no Legislative branch. The elders and Moses were not paid for their services. When a King was elected, it had to be the approval of all the tribes.After Solomon died, Rehoboam, the son of Solomon, came to Shechem to be anointed King. The people voted with their feet.

“And from all their territories the priests and the Levites who were in all Israel took their stand with him. For the Levites left their common-lands and their possessions and came to Judah and Jerusalem, for Jeroboam and his sons had rejected them from serving as priests to the LORD. Then he appointed for himself priests for the high places, for the demons, and the calf idols which he had made. And after the Levites left, those from all the tribes of Israel, such as set their heart to seek the LORD God of Israel, came to Jerusalem to sacrifice to the LORD God of their fathers. So they strengthened the kingdom of Judah, and made Rehoboam the son of Solomon strong for three years, because they walked in the way of David and Solomon for three years. “2 Chron 11:13-17 NKJV

Jeroboam had fled to Egypt.For three years the Israelites and their King honored the Lord and all went fine. Now Jeroboam returns and, with the elders, approaches Rehoboam and speaks for the people to Rehoboam to reduce the heavy tax burden that Solomon had imposed on them.

“And they spoke to him, saying, “If you will be a servant to these people today, and serve them, and answer them, and speak good words to them, then they will be your servants forever.”|1 Kings 12:7 NKJV

The King is supposed to serve the people, not the other way around. Rehoboam consults his own “yes men” who advise him to increase taxes and he will be more famous than his father.

”…and he spoke to them according to the advice of the young men, saying, “My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to it; my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scourges!” So the king did not listen to the people; for the turn of events was from God, that the LORD might fulfill His word, which He had spoken by the hand of Ahijah the Shilonite to Jeroboam the son of Nebat.”2 Chron 10:14-15 NKJV

The people voted with their feet.

“ Now when all Israel saw that the king did not listen to them, the people answered the king, saying:‘What share have we in David?We have no inheritance in the son of Jesse.Every man to your tents, O Israel!Now see to your own house, O David!’So all Israel departed to their tents.”2 Chron 10:16 NKJV

The Kingdom is split, and Jeroboam goes off as King with the ten Northern tribes. The people voted with their feet.Like Rehoboam, in America the political leaders have lost their following today. Our leaders have become geldings only following money and the noise of the crowd.

Preparing for the November Political Election #1 – Why blog politics?

Why go political in this blog? With the November election only three months away, we are seeing a lot of danger flags to the freedoms we prize so much and that our forefathers have fought for and often died to give us. I don’t want to drown people with political messages, yet there is a real sense of urgency to wake up to protect these freedoms. Some people think many of these are are lost already and it’s too late.From an overview of George Barna’s The Seven Faith Tribes (emphasis added):

Our country’s history shows that to have a strong nation, everyone need not have a similar worldview: for more than 200 years we have been a place where disparate religious and moral perspectives have flourished side by side. But to facilitate a healthy nation there must be sufficiently widespread agreement on a set of core values that enable us to live in harmony with each other, despite some deeply-held opposing convictions and dreams. Our agreement on those shared values then empower us, as a group of independent, but cooperating individuals, to embody those common values in ways that produce a viable communal experience.

What happens when you don’t stand up for your shared values? Look at this comment from a comment in Amber Weiberg’s blog post on Morality in Web Development -Your Thoughts? It’s from “Rohan”, a man in Iran and dated July 28, 2010.

I live in Iran. As all of you know, we had an election last year. At least 75 percent of us voted for a candidate who wanted to show the world how peaceful this country’s people are, who wanted to turn our country into a friend of everybody. We did vote for him, and he never got elected. So we started protesting, We wanted to tell the world that we’re not who they think we are! We are not atomic bomb, we are not terrorism, we are not hijab, we are just people. We wanted to tell them that all that’s going wrong in this country is because of our government. A government that we never voted for. And all we got back was bullets, rapes, murders, prisons, …We knew what was happening to us, and we were decisive to put an end to it. But the one thing that stopped us from doing it, was our media. The people in the media, they knew what was happening. They knew about all the rapes and murders, but they didn’t really care. They don’t care whose side they are choosing, all they care about is their money. You give em money, and they’ll even promote Osama in their programs!!They had the power to put and end to all of this. With a move of their tongue, all the torture of their own people, all the terrorism in Iraq and Afghanistan and Lebanon, and all the world’s fear about the country’s nuclear weapons would come to an end. But all they did was taking the side of the terrorist, taking the side of the one who ordered(orders) all these killings.The fate of more than a hundred million people was in their hands and all they thought about was who pays em more.That’s what happens when you don’t care which cause you are helping.I’m a web designer. And I had lots of offers for jobs from the government organizations. Lots of money was offered, I never took em, never will. Cause I have seen with my eyes how much blood is spilled just because a few hundred people don’t care what cause they are working for.

Does this sound like America? The primary difference is that we still have some level of freedom in speaking what we believe. We should speak up, or we will lose that.Following the suggestions here will be VERY time-consuming. But also VERY important for knowing how to vote in November. And you only have three months! Your freedom is at stake!We will be sending a series of political postings. In each case we’ll try to show objective data on what’s wrong and try to give some real answers. Feel free to comment. The political postings – like most of the stuff here – is not copyrighted. Copy them to your own web site.The word “worldview” is important here. I’ll be posting many things here that relate to worldview. People operate and make decisions against their worldview. What is your worldview?

  • Start by reading the papers on this blog about worldview.
  • I also recommend highly the work of the Worldview organization (http://www.worldview.org) for more intensive study.
  • Then study up on the worldviews of our country. Not just yours – study others as well. What was the worldview of each founder?
  • Study the Bill of Rights, the Declaration of Independence.
  • Check out the multi-disk John Adams disk series on Netflix with Paul Giamatti playing John Adams. You will get some interesting insights on the differences in the worldviews of the early founders. John Adams was the second president of America and the first vice-president (under George Washington). Make watching this DVD series a family project. It is very interesting. This was a mini-series on television and won 4 Golden Globes as well as many other awards. Jefferson and Adams had very different worldviews, but they had to work together to accomplish what they gave us. They died only minutes apart on the Fourth of July, 1826. The last disk in the series is VERY moving as these two leaders reconciled, and those last letters they wrote are some of the most astonishing letters written in America. I wept. Note: This is a secular series. Information about Adams’ faith is not developed much.
  • Read the Federalist papers, particularly the #51: (http://www.constitution.org/fed/federa51.htm). James Madison, who wrote this, was the fourth president of the United States.
  • Read The Light and the Glory by Peter Marshall and David Manuel. (Peter Marshall as author here is the son of Peter Marshall, a pastor and chaplain of the United States Senate and the subject of the book and film A Man Called Peter. His son has followed his father’s footsteps as a pastor, and also a leading author.) Why did the Puritan colony succeed after others failed? What caused the eventual demise of the Puritans?
  • Don’t tell me things have changed that much. Read FDR’s Second Bill of Rights at:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Bill_of_Rights
  • Now move on to Preparing for the November Political Election #2

    What is a Worldview and Why is it Important? – Part 2

    The concept of worldview is really fairly recent in history. The concept is birthed form the German word Weltanschauung, which means wide word view or world perception of a people, family, or person. It encompasses philosophy, sociology, anthropology, science, economics – every area you could think of – of the person, family, or peoples. We normally think of a person as having a personal worldview; but worldviews can be held by a person, or held at a community level. The Nazis, for example, had a worldview that (from their perspective) allowed them to operate in the name of a higher ideal. Today these acts are commonly perceived as acts of aggression based on twisted facts that violate basic human rights. Today we see the same distorted view in a group of Moslems acting within a similar type of distorted worldview.The idea that a religious belief system should be a part of a worldview is a even more recent concept in history. A leading Christian thought leader, James W, Sire, defines a world view as:

    “..a commitment, a fundamental orientation of the heart, that can be expressed as a story or in a set of presuppositions (assumptions which may be true, partially true, or entirely false) which we hold (consciously or subconsciously, consistently or inconsistently) about the basic construction of reality, and that provides the foundation on which we live and move and have our being.”(1)

    Sire also suggests:

    “…we should all think in terms of worldviews, that is, with a consciousness not only of our own way of thought but also that of other people, so that we can first understand and then genuinely communicate with others in our pluralistic society.”(1)

    Some of the best material for developing a worldview is available at http://www.worldview.org. They do a lot of ministry and various youth camps during the summer for helping young people develop a personal world view. Great Stuff!

    1. Sire, James W.., The Universe Next Door: A Basic World View Catalog

    Inception (movie) – What is the Message for You?

    Spoiler alert – read at your own risk or maybe you should read it to tempt you into seeing the movie.Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z75o-F6ja2IInception is one of the interesting movies I have had a chance to see in a long, long, time. I like what @XIANITY tweeted:

    “WEIRD: Last week, for a sermon illustration, my pastor spun a top on the pulpit and this morning it was still spinning. “

    (That quip will only make sense if you have seen the movie.)Here is a partial synopsis:

    Dom Cobb (Leo DiCaprio) is a skilled thief. He doesn’t steal money, jewelry, or art. He is, instead, the absolute best at stealing valuable ideas from deep within the subconscious during the dream state when the mind is at its most vulnerable. Unfortunately, however, Cobb has a wounded past. And now, when he tries to do an extraction, the wounded past (memories) get in the way of his mission. Cobb is an everyman, a man in search of redemption.A Japanese businessman offers Cobb a chance at redemption, but to price his high. He must do an inception; that is, plant an idea in a client’s mind – inception.. Inception is far more difficult and dangerous.

    The movie has many layers of interpretation and is a mental challenge in every sense. Avoid watching it when you are tired or sleepy – that would only confuse you.Nolan told an interviewer that his Inception movie is “shameless…in its plundering of cinematic history”. That’s a good starting point for working with it. Nolan is actually first doing an extraction in that he is stealing ideas from multiple movies – his own movies, an Orson Wells movie, a famous Fred Astaire movie, Matrix, the Bond movies – you name it. No clips – just stealing the ideas. He is also doing an inception on you – planting ideas in your mind as you follow the story.I loved the beautiful scenes of the fortress high in the snow-covered mountains. I instantly recognized the fortress as the restaurant in the Bond movie On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. The fortress scene in that Bond movie was filmed at a restaurant in Switzerland just up the hill from the small town of Interlaken. In 1989 when I was paralyzed from the shoulders down with GBS and in the hospital in Interlaken, I could see the restaurant out of my hospital window. Earlier, in 1984 when I was there with my wife, we took the tram up to the restaurant. The scene in Inception was filmed in the Canadian mountains with a replica of the restaurant as a fortress. Nolan was playing on my mind with his story.At another layer, the movie is a symbol of the movie-making process. It is a movie about making movies. Cobb is the director, Gordon-Levitt the producer, Page the production designer, Hardy the actor, Watanabe the financier, and Fischer (the client) is the audience (you).Go another level and you will see that each character has a symbolic name. Cobb’s wife Mal(French for “bad”) in Inception is the serpent that plays and tries to capture Cobb with his wound. Cobb cannot do the inception because of this wounding. (Be careful, however, that you don’t draw too many analogies here.) Ariadne is named (in Greek mythology), for the lady that was the daughter of King Minos of Crete She aided Theseus in overcoming the Minotaur by giving him a ball of red fleece thread that she was spinning, so that he could find his way out of the Minotaur’s labyrinth. Ariadne, the primary dream architect, could be a type of Holy Spirit in this story, except that her first attempts at the dream creation fail. Later, however, Ariadne becomes very important in guiding Cobb through his labyrinth. The name of the character “Yusuf” (a team member) is the Arabic form of “Joseph”, the Biblical hero in Genesis 37-50, who had the gift of interpreting dreams. Eames, another team member in this movie, is also the surname of two architects and designers who influenced the art of film-making and also influenced Nolan.Even in the music, Nolan teases you again. You don’t “die” in a dream. The violence in the movie is dreamed violence. If you are shot in a dream or have a car accident, you wake up. That wake-up event in their mission is called the “kill”. For the idea plant to work in the story, it has to be planted deep in the subconscious. So you have a dream within a dream within a dream within a dream. To synchronize the “kills” for each level as the person wakes up, they use a piece of theme music. The music of course, is a piece Nolan stole (extraction) from another movie. Near the beginning of the movie, you will hear the music piece again, dramatically slowed down. You won’t even recognize it then. Since everything slows down in a dream, the music is actually the way a person would hear the kill music in a dream; i.e., you are in a dream. (You haven’t met this dreamer yet.). At the end of the movie you will hear that music played again over the credits. Guess what speed it is played over the credits?At every twist and turn of the movie, Nolan teases you on. With two Oscar winning actors in the movie and several others that have been nominated for Oscars before, the acting is unbelievable So is the cinematography, the music, the sound editing, and of course the script. You will want to watch this one multiple times and play with the puzzles over and over again.

    What is a Worldview and why is it important? – Part 1

    A worldview is an assumption about how the world really works, a conceptual framework. Everyone has a worldview, but for most people it is unconscious. We communicate our personal view to others through cultural norms: our schools, the mass media, the church, and now with social networking through the Internet. Our personal worldview answers the big questions we have such as:

    • Who Am I?
    • Why Am I Here?
    • How did I get here?
    • What is right and what is wrong?
    • Where did the world come from?

    Typical worldviews include Christianity, Marxism, New-age, Postmodern, Islam, and Humanism. In reality, today many people tend to create their own worldview by borrowing a bit from various worldviews for whatever works for them. That doesn’t mean, however, that the worldview is valid – that is, reality.There are two requirements, however, for any worldview:

    1. It must be consistent with “what is”.
    2. It must be consistent within itself.

    The Postmodern worldview, for example, says there are no absolutes. You decide, personally, what is right or wrong for yourself. That statement, in itself, is an absolute for the postmodernist. They have just contradicted themselves. They say they have no absolutes, yet they have just given you an absolute. The worldview not consistent within itself. The New-age and Humanistic worldviews profess a cosmic evolution. Unfortunately, that violates the Second Law of Thermodynamics. You can’t have matter or energy from nothing unless something is acting from outside the system. Neither of these worldviews is consistent with “what is”. Here are some of the parameters of the Christian Worldview professed by this web site and this authorPolitics: Limited Constitutional RepublicEconomics: Stewardship of private propertyEthics: Moral absolutesLaw: Divine/NaturalHistory: Linear, purposefulTheology: God is Holy, eternal three persons, Creator, judge, Redeemer through Christ JesusAnthropology: Created / Dualism (The perpetual conflict of good and evil) / FallenPhilosophy: SupernaturalismSociology: High view of individual (created in image of God), limited authority of stateBinding action: Unconditional loveThis Christian worldview is consistent within itself and with “what is”. It is the greatest romance story ever told, and we have the Bible to help us understand it. The story is not something that happened long ago, but describes and active God that is creating in the world today, redeeming the world to Himself.

    “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.”Colossians 2:8  NIV

    Best-selling books ever after the Bible

    Want to know the list of the best selling books after the bible? Prepare for a shocker:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/30/the-15-biggest-bestseller_n_664029.html#s115953

    Featured Article #1: What is Your Worldview?

    worldview

    In this historic moment, we live caught in a worldview that no longer works and a new one that seems too bizarre to contemplate.
    Margaret J. Wheatley, Leadership and the New Science: Discovering Order in a Chaotic World

    A worldview is an assumption about how the world really works, a conceptual framework. Everyone has a worldview, but for most people it is unconscious. We communicate our personal view to others through cultural norms: our schools, the mass media, the church, and now with social networking through the Internet. Our personal worldview answers the big questions we have such as:

    • Who Am I?
    • Why Am I Here?
    • How did I get here?
    • What is right and what is wrong?
    • Where did the world come from?

    Typical worldviews include Christianity, Marxism, New-age, Postmodern, Islam, and Humanism. In reality, today many people tend to create their own worldview by borrowing a bit from various worldviews for whatever works for them. That doesn’t mean, however, that the worldview is valid – that is, reality.

    There are two requirements, however, for any worldview:

    1. It must be consistent with “what is”.
    2. It must be consistent within itself.

    The Postmodern worldview, for example, says there are no absolutes. You decide, personally, what is right or wrong for yourself. That statement, in itself, is an absolute for the postmodernist. They have just contradicted themselves. They say they have no absolutes, yet they have just given you an absolute. The worldview not consistent within itself. The New-Age and Humanistic worldviews profess a cosmic evolution. Unfortunately, that violates the Second Law of Thermodynamics. You can’t have matter or energy from nothing unless something is acting from outside the system. Neither of these worldviews is consistent with “what is”.

    Here are some of the parameters of the Christian Worldview professed by this web site and this author

    Politics: Limited Constitutional Republic
    Economics: Stewardship of private property
    Ethics: Moral absolutes
    Law: Divine/Natural
    History: Linear, purposeful
    Theology: God is Holy, eternal three persons, Creator, judge, Redeemer through Christ Jesus
    Anthropology: Created / Dualism (The perpetual conflict of good and evil) / Fallen
    Philosophy: Supernaturalism
    Sociology: High view of individual (created in image of God), limited authority of state
    Binding action: Unconditional love

    This Christian worldview is consistent within itself and with “what is”. It is the greatest romance story ever told, and we have the Bible to help us understand it. The story is not something that happened long ago, but describes and active God that is creating in the world today, redeeming the world to Himself.

    “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.”
    Colossians 2:8 NIV

    The concept of worldview is really fairly recent in history. The concept is birthed form the German word Weltanschauung, which means wide word view or world perception of a people, family, or person. It encompasses philosophy, sociology, anthropology, science, economics – every area you could think of – of the person, family, or peoples. We normally think of a person as having a personal worldview; but worldviews can be held by a person, or held at a community level. The Nazis, for example, had a worldview that (from their perspective) allowed them to operate in the name of a higher ideal. Today these acts are commonly perceived as acts of aggression based on twisted facts that violate basic human rights. Today we see the same distorted view in a group of radical Muslims acting within a similar type of distorted worldview.

    The idea that a religious belief system should be a part of a worldview is a even more recent concept in history. A leading Christian thought leader, James W, Sire, defines a world view as:

    “..a commitment, a fundamental orientation of the heart, that can be expressed as a story or in a set of presuppositions (assumptions which may be true, partially true, or entirely false) which we hold (consciously or subconsciously, consistently or inconsistently) about the basic construction of reality, and that provides the foundation on which we live and move and have our being.”(1)

    Sire also suggests:

    “…we should all think in terms of worldviews, that is, with a consciousness not only of our own way of thought but also that of other people, so that we can first understand and then genuinely communicate with others in our pluralistic society.”(1)

    Some of the best material for developing a worldview is available at http://www.worldview.org. They do a lot of ministry and various youth camps during the summer for helping young people develop a personal world view. Great Stuff!

    1. Sire, James W.., The Universe Next Door: A Basic World View Catalog