“The more I know, the less I understand.” – The Heart of the Matter, Don Henley.
“What is truth?” Pontius Pilate asked Jesus this question right before he handed him over to be crucified (John 18:38). Jesus had said that the reason he came into this world was “to testify to the truth” (John 18:37). I’m not sure Pilate wasn’t just being sarcastic, but the question stands. It’s a question more people should ask and honestly search for the answer. Unfortunately, once people pass a certain age, the search for truth seems to fade. It just doesn’t seem as important. They’re more concerned with careers, family, to-do lists, and just trying to make it to the weekend. For better or worse, once they’ve reached adulthood, most people have developed a worldview, whether they know it or not. What’s a worldview? Simply put, a worldview is a means of understanding and interpreting life.
When I was in high school and college, I wrestled with this issue of truth. I asked questions and sought long and hard for answers – Is there absolute truth? Or is it all relative? What part does God play in all this? How do I know the truth? As I found answers, I started developing my own worldview.
I’ll spare you the details of my existential safari and get to the point. I found Jesus’ claim to be the Son of God, the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and the inerrancy of the Bible to be accurate. Then and in the decades since, my personal experiences have taken me into the deeper mysteries of God and life while strangely adding to my assurance of the truth. This is my consistent worldview or internal GPS app that I referred to in my last post – a biblical Christian worldview. It is the framework for understanding and interpreting the world around me. Everything I do is (or at least should be) based in this worldview: the way I raise and educate my kids, my political views, my career choices, everything. Not being perfect however, I am daily in need of grace and mercy (which, conveniently, are two basic tenets of a biblical Christian worldview :)).
Do you know your worldview? How’s it working for you?