In a recent survey, it was found that only 9% of American adults hold to a Biblical worldview.
I quote from the survey:
“For the purposes of the survey, a “biblical worldview” was defined as believing that absolute moral truth exists; the Bible is totally accurate in all of the principles it teaches; Satan is considered to be a real being or force, not merely symbolic; a person cannot earn their way into Heaven by trying to be good or do good works; Jesus Christ lived a sinless life on earth; and God is the all-knowing, all-powerful creator of the world who still rules the universe today. In the research, anyone who held all of those beliefs was said to have a biblical worldview.”
The survey goes on to describe that even among evangelical Christians less than 1 in 5 people hold to that view.
While this may all be correct, I doubt that there is much thought given to the underlying process and principles which determine worldviews. But I would be lying if I said I wasn’t disturbed by these numbers, but I am somehow not surprised. There are way too many “Sundays only” Christians out there, an indictment of the modern man-centered church culture, strengthened by post-modern principles and the bombardment of liberal standpoints we are subject in almost every area of life.
There is just no two ways about it, a strong Biblical worldview can come only from the Bible, and therefore by implication, from God. One cannot subscribe to a strong Biblical worldview without believing in it as the source of absolute truth, as in one of the survey questions. Answering that question in the negative enables one to then deny the rest of the statements with ease.
Unfortunately that denial also leads one down a rabbit trial of denying the very basis of one’s faith. On what basis, for example will one believe sin, atonement and salvation? Can one arbitrarily pick what to believe from God? On what basis would one do so? It will not be based on a Christian worldview, because in the first step one has already denied the base principle of such a worldview. It can only be concluded that arbitrary beliefs are man-made constructs, stitched together from a wide variety of relativistic and ever-changing factors.
People that do not know God’s absolute truth cannot know and understand themselves or the world around them with any degree of certainty.
A Biblical worldview teaches that God Triune is the Creator and Sustainer, in which all will be accomplished. It teaches that all of creation is subject to His laws, moral and natural, completely dependent upon Him. The Biblical worldview further confirms that sin afflicts man, and his home on earth. It also teaches, thankfully, that in Christ we have a mediator unto regeneration, justification, sanctification and ultimately salvation, bringing us back to joyful obedience.
The principles whereby Christians live can by necessity not be of their own design, but can only come from the unique and absolute ordinances of God. Without accepting that, one cannot claim to have a Biblical or Christian worldview. I don’t profess to know people’s hearts. But a public denial of His absolute truth can tell us a lot about their worldview.
Examine your own beliefs to see what your absolute standard is…is it God or is it man?