A Creation based Worldview
March 7, 2009
Sometimes we try to gather up all that is into a comprehensive thing called a worldview. The more we know about the universe we live in, the more awesome – and necessary – is our struggle to think this through. I wrote about ‘probable’ God earlier and wish to start there for some who are not yet sure they want accept the premise of God, especially the Bible’s God.
But first, consider the alternatives to ‘probable’ God
• Pantheism – everything is god
• Pan-in-theism – everything is in god or god is in everything.
• Polytheism – there are so many gods (millions?), they negate one another.
• New Age mysticism/spirituality – wishful thinking with feet planted firmly in mid-air.
• Atheism/materialism – what we see is all we got; god is off the table, out of the market place, confined (if he or it exists) to mystical personal feelings of the heart.
• Agnosticism – we’ll just play dumb, “I don’t know, maybe yes, maybe no.”
All these worldviews (1) are versions like ‘new age’ – no foundation, feet planted firmly in mid-air and in which an unconscious blind fate is elevated to the throne of the universe; (2) provide a multitude of ways to avoid commitment. It is no wonder our country and our world is unable to even think morally or ethically upright, let alone find a solid foundation upon which to stand. (3) These views erase the boundaries between heaven and earth, matter and spirit, soul and body, man and animal, intellect and will, time and eternity, Creator and creature, being and nonbeing. They deny the concept of a definite beginning, the existence of a conscious purpose, the hope of finding any ultimate destiny for the existence of the world and its history.
Against all of the above there stands a Christian worldview which is first and foremost a creation-based worldview. I have taken notes from H. Bavinck, “Reformed Dogmatics,” vol. 2, p. 425f.
From the beginning heaven and earth have been distinct, a division between being and nonbeing; there is a division between matter and spirit, between man and animal, between time and eternity, between Creator and creature. There is a profound distinctness between sun moon, stars; between plants and plants, animals, and humans. Yet in that diversity, there is also a superlative kind of unity. The foundation of both diversity and unity is in God. It is He who created all things in accordance with his unsearchable wisdom.
Here is a unity that does not destroy but rather maintains diversity, and a diversity that does not come at the expense of unity, but rather unfolds it in its riches. This world can metaphorically be called an organism, in which all the parts are connected with each other and influence each other reciprocally. Heaven and earth, Creator and creature, man and animal and plant, time and eternity, truth and life, spirit and material, state and church, family and society, though they are distinct are not separated. There is a wide range of connections between them, a spiritual or ethical bond that holds all together in unity.
As a result of this worldview, Christianity has overcome both the contempt of nature and its deification. The Christian looks at the world and history and observe s the unfathomability of the ways of God and the unsearchability of his judgments; he does not despair, for all things are subject to the government of an omnipotent God and a gracious Father who will make all things work together for good to those who believe and love Him.
We are born that we should know the Maker of the world, the purpose of that world and also know ourselves as God knows us. With this worldview, we are on the path to knowing the God who not only is Maker, but also Savior and Redeemer, a faith that issues in immortality.
See http://answersingenesis.org , click on worldview