Pastor’s Viewpoints, “World Views”

“World Views”
The Rev. Lou Tiscione, Pastor, Weatherford Presbyterian Church (PCA)
Haven’t you ever asked yourself the question? “Why don’t they see what I see?” Sometimes we’re dealing with perspectives. But other times we are dealing with reality. Everyone has a perspective of an issue based upon their past or current experiences. Theologians call those kinds of perspectives “presuppositions”. Yet, when the issue of reality is involved, perspectives are usually irrelevant. What is… is.

I believe that confusing our perspective of an issue with reality is an all too common occurrence. You may have heard the term “World View”. This is the term that concerns reality. Simply stated, a world view is one’s view of reality. There are basically two kinds of world views. One is biblical and the other is man-centered. A biblical world view looks at reality knowing God is at the center of the Universe. The man-centered world view sees everything revolving around man. A God-centered world view is based on absolute truth. A man-centered world view has not absolutes except that there are no absolutes.

The concern is truth. Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life”, John 14:6. The word “truth” means that which is real. Jesus is reality. For us to fully understand reality and live in the real world, Jesus must be at the center of our life.

Truth is not dependent upon our embracing it. The Roman Governor, Pilate, uttered an understanding of truth which many today still hold. He said, “What is truth?” in response to Jesus who said, “I have come into the world to bear witness to the truth.” John 18:37,38 For Pilate, truth was irrelevant. From is perspective, what really mattered was who had the most power. Without knowing it, he pointed to the One who has supreme power, God.

Genesis 1:1 declares, “In the beginning God…” God is eternal. God is self-sufficient. God created everything that we see. The Apostle Paul wrote that God has revealed His invisible attributes by what He has made, Romans 1:20. Jesus said if His disciples would abide in His word, they would know the truth and be set free, John 8:31-32.

For example, the reason many in our society may not see what I see is because of the failure to acknowledge reality. Man’s refusal to see the truth or accept reality is at the heart of the problem!

I propose that the world view on which one can be confident of seeing the truth is the God-centered one. Truth is objective. Reality is not in the eye of the beholder. Here is the truth; the only self-existing being, God. He is the same yesterday, today and forever, Hebrews 13:8. All truth and reality proceed from Him.

Obviously, much of society, some might even suggest that most of society doesn’t look at life through a biblical world view. The basis of a man-centered world view, namely, moral relativism is the primary means by which truth and reality are suppressed.

The man-centered world view is attractive because it suits man’s sinfulness. The Apostle Paul wrote that men suppress the truth in unrighteousness, Romans 1:18. Jesus said that men loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil, John 3:19.

It must be clearly stated at this point that seeing life through a God-centered world view is necessary not only for Christians but for all men. The reason is obvious. The reason is truth/reality is not in the “eye” of the beholder. There are absolutes whether we think there are or not. There is a supreme being whether we think He exists or not. The Supreme Being who has revealed Himself as the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit has established absolutes. Theologians refer to these absolutes that apply to all men as Natural Law. God established laws by which all nature is governed. God has also established moral law. All men have the moral law on their hearts. By God’s moral law, we are able to know whether something is right or wrong.

As a Pastor, I am accountable to God to ask you, “What is your world view?” “How do you decide what is right or wrong?” I close with the words of the Psalmist, Psalm 119:130, “The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.” And the words of Jesus who said that the word of God is eternal and unbreakable, Mathew 5:17-18 and John 10:35.