In apologetic circles the word worldview is used quite frequently and it is probably one of the most important aspects of understanding the way people come to conclusions. But what is a worldview? What does it mean to say someone has a certain worldview? That’s what we’re going to explore in today’s post.
A worldview is the lens through which someone views the world. It’s kind of like a pair of sunglasses, where when you look through the lenses the world is tinted to the color of the lens. A worldview operates in a similar way. It is the filter through which we take input in, process it, and then respond.
Everyone has a worldview, even if they are unaware of what their worldview is. It is extremely important to be aware of what your worldview is and whether or not your worldview is cohesive. This is one of the ways we compare religions. When looking at two worldviews side by side, the worldview that is the most cohesive, meaning the worldview where all the pieces fit well together, is the stronger of the two worldviews. The second part of comparing worldview has to do with which worldview pairs most closely to reality. In other words, which worldview explains the facts of reality in the most reasonable way, without having to do logical back-flips in order to explain all the available data.
So how do I identify my worldview? I’m glad you asked! A worldview can be identified by asking six questions:
2. What is the nature of material reality? – Is the material world a creation by god(s)? Is material reality ultimate? Is it the result of random natural processes? If it was created was it created purposefully? Accidentally?
3. What is the nature of humanity? – Are we created? Are we special creations? Are we highly evolved biological machines? If we were created was it purposeful, accidental, or for service to the god(s)? How you answers this question will impact how you view yourself as well as how you view people and interact with others.
4. What is the problem? – Every people group, in every part of the world, throughout all of history have recognized that things are not as they should be. So, what is the problem? Is it that the world and mankind live in a fallen state that was not always the case? Is it the result of capricious god(s) playing tricks on mankind and creation? If material is ultimate then nothing is wrong and this is just all that there is. How you answer this question will effect how you answer the next question.
5. What is the solution? – If there is a problem then there is a proposed solution. Is the solution the redemption of mankind and the world by god? Is it placation of the capricious god(s)? If there is nothing really wrong then the solution would be to make the best out of the time we have because this is all there is. How you answer this question will determine how you walk out your every day life.
6. What happens at death? – Every single one of us will die one day and one of the biggest questions humanity asks is “what then?” Is there a place we will go, a heaven or hell? Is there a judgment? Does nothing happen at death? Do we just cease to exist? Will we return to the earth in another body? How you answer this question will also determine how you live out your life.
The way a person answers these question gives significant insight into how the view the world, interact with people, and live out their life. Every religion and philosophy answers the above questions in some way. Grab a sheet of paper and spend some time answering these questions for yourself. Once you’ve identified your answers, see if the way you live your life is consistent with your answers. Ask yourself if your answers are consistent with each other, with the knowledge we have about the world and existence, and with the way you walk out your life each and every day.
We at DoubtLess Faith want to help you find objective answers to these questions so that you can not only have a worldview that is consistent with reality, but also so that you can walk out that worldview consistently each and every day of your life. Spend some time with these questions, because the ultimate question they answer is whether or not there is meaning in life.