You might say that, as Christians, all of us know that the Bible is the Word of God. However, do we really believe that the Bible is what God says it is in 2 Timothy 3:16-17? As I travel and speak all across the country, I am finding out that we may say we believe the Bible is God’s Word but we are not living as if it really is.
I am continually challenging Christian parents, educators and pastors concerning the dangerous culture war that is raging all around us. It is a war of ideas or worldviews and the two sides are in total opposition to each other. People talk about a wide variety of worldviews but in reality there are only two worldviews that a person can have. They will have either a God-centered worldview or they will have a man-centered one.
Recently I had the opportunity to be part of a worldview symposium at the AIG Creation Museum in Kentucky. At the end of the symposium, Ken Ham, founder of Answers in Genesis, addressed the group. He made a statement that hit home that is very closely related to this blog article. Since then, I have been reading his book,Six Days: The Age of the Earth and the Decline of the Church. Ham makes the same point in his book when he writes,
The battle is not ultimately at the worldview level. Issues like abortion, gay marriage, or polygamy are concerning, but they are manifestations of the real problem—a starting-point problem. The battle is over the foundation (emphasis mine).
As I have thought through this statement, I have come to the realization that Ham is right. This is because every worldview is built on one of only two foundations. This truth was made clear by Jesus in Matthew 7:24-27. Whether or not you and I have a God-centered worldview or a man-centered one depends entirely upon what foundation we build our worldview.
The two foundations are very simple to identify. The foundation for all of one’s thinking and acting is either based on man’s word or on God’s Word. We may quickly respond that, of course, we as Christians know that we must build our worldview on the foundation of God’s Word alone. However, if we were actually doing this, I am convinced that our lives would be completely different from those who are unsaved and it would result in us drawing people to the gospel of Christ. So we must ask ourselves some very important questions.
- Do you really believe that the Bible is God’s inspired and inerrant Word?
- Upon what foundation are we building our homes, churches and schools?
- Are we willing to address every area of life and every issue we face in life from a distinctively biblical perspective?
- Do we fully accept what the Bible clearly states related to such topics as the origin of life, age of the earth, sanctity of human life, God’s design for marriage and the family, His principles when it comes to how we should educate our children, the purpose of work, the use of money and possessions and a whole host of other related life issues?
- Has our worldview and the worldview we are trying to inculcate into the hearts of our children been and is it being built on the only true foundation—the Bible?
From what I am finding out in my travels and my study about today’s culture, I am growing more and more concerned about how many Christians view the Bible’s authority. Are we building our lives on mere sand and when the storms of life come will find that our foundation for our lives will crumble since it is based on man’s word and not God’s?
For more on this all important matter see Importance of your foundation - Part 2