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Biblical worldview

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A Biblical worldview is a worldview consistent with that expressed in the Bible: that is, one that treats the Bible as factually correct in all of its propositions, including its historical claims. This means that a Biblical worldview accepts Biblical inerrancy. As a consequence, human endeavors at attaining knowledge are subject to whether they are consistent with the Bible.

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The Bible and human opinion

It is folly to elevate man's reasoning above what God has revealed in Scripture.

A Biblical worldview expects the universe to be ordered. This allows us to study the universe around us with the expectation of meaningful results. Study of the universe results in the formulation of laws (in the descriptive sense), and a Biblical worldview sees these as a reflection of the laws (in the prescriptive sense) that God created when He created the universe.

Human opinion, even expert opinion, must be judged in the light of Biblical revelation. When human beings, prone to error, arrive at conclusions that are inconsistent with what the Bible states, a Biblical worldview considers those conclusions to be in error, in much the same way as a person will accept testimony from a reliable eyewitness over testimony from a party who was not present at the events described. Even if modern experts have reached consensus on a question, if their conclusions are inconsistent with the Bible, they must be incorrect.

A Biblical worldview explicitly rejects the notion of applying human opinion in critically analyzing the Bible, when such does not respect the Bible as authoritative. Rather than interpret the Bible according to human opinion, a Biblical worldview judges human opinion by comparing it to the Bible.

For example, the concept of common descent of living creatures through evolution has attained near-consensus within the scientific community[Citation Needed].[2] Likewise, almost all cosmologists accept the notion of a universe far older than 6,000 years old. Nevertheless, these conclusions are rejected by the Biblical worldview, as being inconsistent with the first-hand knowledge of God as revealed in the creation account in the first few chapters of Genesis and with a timescale consistent with biblical records, such as Archbishop James Ussher's, which was calculated in large part from Biblical records.

Implications of the Biblical worldview

Historical narratives in the Bible are accepted as being accurate in their particulars of people, places, and times. Physical descriptions of places, objects, and events are also accepted as being accurate.

Some examples

According to the Biblical worldview:

  • God directly created the universe and everything in it approximately six thousand years ago.
  • Adam and Eve were the first two human beings, and were directly created by God.
  • Adam sinned, and as the federal head of humanity brought condemnation to all of mankind.
  • God used the Great Flood to wipe out all life on Earth with the exception of Noah, his family, and the animals on the ark with them.
  • Jesus Christ was born of a virgin, died, rose again bodily, and bodily ascended into heaven.
  • Christ's death on the cross atoned for mankind's sin.

Although historians generally accept that Jesus was an actual historical person, those historians rejecting the Biblican worldview reject the accounts of His virgin birth, resurrection, and ascension.[Fact?] A Biblical worldview accepts these miracles (and all other miracles recorded in the Bible) as having actually occurred.

The generally accepted chronology of Egyptian history disagrees with Biblical facts in that it dates Egyptian dynasties prior to the Great Flood. It also dates the exodus from Egypt of the Hebrew people much earlier than recorded in the Bible, and thus concludes that this exodus is not the Biblical Exodus at all. A Biblical worldview would consider the generally accepted chronology to be in error.

Competing worldviews

One of the main competing worldviews against the Biblical worldview is the secular humanist worldview.

The battle against the secular humanist worldview is undoubtedly one of the major battles we face today. Thus we must know what we believe, and why, and we must know what the competing worldviews are about as well. But knowledge alone will not save the day. The biblical worldview must be both believed in, as well as lived out, on a daily basis. As Schaeffer reminds us, "As Christians we are not only to know the right worldview, the worldview that tells us the truth of what is, but consciously to act upon that worldview so as to influence society in all its parts and facets across the whole spectrum of life, as much as we can."Bill Muehlenberg[3]

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