“The Word of God well understood and religiously obeyed is the shortest route to spiritual perfection. And we must not select a few favorite passages to the exclusion of others. Nothing less than a whole Bible can make a whole Christian.” – A.W. Tozier
God blessed my wife Karen and me with three beautiful daughters. Each one of my girls is so different and unique. One of the areas that they are different in is their approach to academics through the years. All three have done well in school but have gone about this pursuit quite differently.
For example, our middle daughter Katie always made pretty good grades throughout secondary school but probably never worked as hard as she could have in the process. Upon arriving in college, she found the work to be quite challenging and demanded more than what she was accustomed to doing. I will never forget one day during her sophomore year that she called me to give me her new stunning revelation about academics.
She said: “Dad, I have figured out that it really does pay to study!” My sarcastic response was: “You think!” In simple terms, what Katie learned about academics is that “learning the curriculum changes the outcome.”
Similarly, God tells us in His Word that knowing His truth will change our lives. Jesus told us in John 8:32 that “if you know the truth, the truth will set you free.” Knowing the truth will set us free to live for Jesus and experience the Christian life as God designed for us to live it. I heard a preacher say once that God did not give us His Word to satisfy our curiosity but to change our lives.
The early church was devoted to Biblical teaching. They were committed to knowing the truth and allowing it to determine the direction of their lives. Acts 2:42 declares that “all of the believers” were devoted to Biblical teaching not just a few.
Research tells us today that only about 9% of all evangelicals have a Biblical worldview and as a result their ideas about sin and the absolutes of God’s Word are quite contrary to Biblical teachings. This research tells us that they are not devoted to the truth of God’s Word.
What is worldview? It is best defined as our underlying system of beliefs that shape our values and attitudes. Having a Biblical worldview means that we make all of the decisions of life through the lens of God’s Word. Living with a Biblical worldview affects every area of our lives not just the church part.
How do we attain a Biblical worldview? We attain a Biblical worldview by being taught the truth of God’s Word and also through personal study of the Bible. I pray that we would all stop and think about what we are allowing to shape our worldview. I pray that we, as Christians, would search the Bible for all aspects of how to live this life so that we might be set free as Jesus promised.