A worldview is the way someone sees the world. It’s their viewpoint on life and the world around them. This being said, what is a Christian worldview? A Christian Worldview is when someone views the world with the Bible in mind and the understanding that everything in it is entirely true.
Knowing that this could be viewed as a “cookie cutter” worldview, not every Christian is going to have the exact same worldview. Each person may have the foundation that the Bible has everything you need for their view on the world, but they will also have other things that play a role in their worldview. Some factors that would affect a worldview could be culture, the way they were raised, and their everyday environment.
Although I am a Christian, and the Bible is what I base my worldview off of, my family has helped shape how I look at everyday life. I know that I should do all things to please Christ, and follow all things from the bible, but with the people I have put myself around in situation like school, work, or even church. By being around people that don’t follow what the bible say, I have ventured into doing some things that they do, and if you do something long enough, it will change how you view it. Therefore by me taking part in activities that wouldn’t necessarily be labeled as “Christian” that aren’t necessarily apart of a Christian Worldview, it has effected the way I see the world, or my worldview.
When I think of culture I think of today’s pop culture. Pop culture isn’t about what you listen to whenever it comes to music or how you dress, to me it is about how you see the world. Celebrities, for example, are the main trendsetters when it comes to this. Just like when it comes to people’s worldviews, Modern citizens see what the celebrities are wearing or doing and they tend to follow. When it in comes to worldviews, Christians tend to follow Jesus in what they do. They may want to have their whole lives around Jesus. Having a worldview around Jesus helps you stay away from temptation that pop culture provides. I believe that
How we were raised can be another factor that can affect someone’s Christian worldview. Some people could have been raised in a Christian home whereas others could have not been. If someone was raised in a Christian home then he or she may see the world would be that everything they do is for God and only for God. Which is a good way to live but it is different than someone who isn’t raised in a household like that. If someone was raised in a non-Christian home, haven’t had the best life or they have had a tragedy, they may think that having a worldview based on the Bible and Jesus is crazy. They may hate Jesus, therefore their worldview would be based on something totally different than what the Bible said, and living for Jesus.
Who we surround ourselves with on a daily basis, or our everyday environment can also affect our worldview. A good example of this is if you surround yourself with a group of people that aren’t up to much good, maybe doing drugs or getting drunk every weekend, you would probably start doing the same things, not necessarily because you thought it was the right thing to do, just because you wanted to fit in. You might not want to tell them no because you might then lose them as a friend. This is understandable because everyone wants to fit in, but it will eventually being to affecting how you see the world. Your worldview should be on something that you think and shouldn’t be influenced by others. I can say that this is something that has effected my worldview.
One very big issue, that may not be an issue depending on your worldview, is homosexuality. The bible addresses this many times but one example would be in Leviticus 18:22 “Do not practice homosexuality, having sex with another man as with a woman. It is a detestable sin.” (NLT) Many Christians believe that homosexuality is the worst sin in the book, that there is nothing worse. With my worldview, I do not believe that homosexuality is ok, I am aware that it is a sin, but I believe that all sins are equal. As well as there being many verses in the Bible about homosexuality, there are also many about all sins being equal. One verse that states that all sins are equal is James 2:10 “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one [point], he is guilty of all.” (KJV) This being said, because I was raised being told that all my sins are equal to God and that he could forgive anything, I believe that being homosexual would be equal to lying or stealing in Gods eyes, none of which are good, but all that can be forgiven.
In the end, a persons worldview is affected by many different things, some being their everyday environment, their culture, and how they were raised. If they were raised in a Christian environment, they would more than likely have the Bible, and Jesus in the center of their worldview, where as if they were raised in a non-Christian home they are less likely to have those ideals in the center of their worldview. Ultimately, someone’s worldview will determine how they see the world, and all the problems they face, as well as how they view all the problems occurring in the world.