The Worldview Debate
A worldview is a network of presuppositions that we use to make sense of the world around us. We use our worldview as a filter to interpret our experiences and evidence. So our worldview is our starting point.
This leads us to the question what is a presupposition? A presupposition in short are our very basic beliefs about reality. They form our interpretation philosophy from the outset before any investigation of evidence. We must always have presuppositions before we can analyse any evidence.
Some people might say that they look at evidence from a non bios view and form their conclusions from the evidence alone. This philosophy is a presupposition in itself as its a rule of how to interpret the evidence.
Some basic presuppositions are that our senses in the most part are reliable. What we can see, hear, touch, taste and smell can be trusted. That our memories the majority of the time can be trusted.
As christians if we truly believe the Bible to be the inspired words of God. Inspired by an eternal God that exists outside of time and that he created the universe, is a holy and perfect God, is truth, his word is true, then the Bible should be our authority. As Christians this should be one of our basic presuppositions and ultimate presupposition. Therefore we should not compromise on it nor should we omit it from our apologetic answers.
The challenge facing Christians today is to not bring a worldview to the Bible but to form a worldview from the Bible. After all it is our ultimate presupposition. When it comes to the origins of creation there is only two choices fallible man’s own thoughts and theories or God’s word. Let’s think how God thinks and sees the world through his eyes.
Psalm 19 : 7 – 9 says “ The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether”.
None Christians and some Christians would argue that in debates we shouldn’t use the Bible. However if you do this then you are handing victory to your opponent because you are abandoning your worldview. This is then forcing you to adopt the worldview of your opponent. There is no such thing as neutral ground.
Matthew 12 : 30 “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad”.
Evidence alone will not solve a worldview debate. As we interpret that evidence through the lens of our worldview. This is why as a Christian I look at the universe with its trillions of stars and wonder in amazement how creative God is. However an atheist might look at the universe and be amazed at what can come about through chance and random processes. We are both looking at the same universe (evidence) but through our individual worldviews and can come to different conclusions. This does not mean that we can not use evidence but we need to be carefully about how we use it.