Worldviews: Foundations

Worldviews: Foundations

I’m going to take some time over the next several weeks to discuss how to build a worldview, from the foundation upwards.  Foundations are very important things in this world we live in. If you go to any construction site, you will find foundations being laid for roads, houses, or businesses. These foundations all share at least one thing in common.  They are meant to support and strengthen whatever is built over or upon them.  This analogy extends to the realm of worldviews very well.  This article is will discuss the foundation for a Christian’s worldview.

Ancient builders understood the principles of engineering well enough to  recognize the importance of a solid foundation.  The foundation had to be built on something firm, which would hold the weight of the building  and not shift or move easily. Stone was a preferred natural choice, or, as Roman influence grew, poured concrete became an option. The idea of a stone foundation was so well understood that Jesus used it in a parable.   Matthew 7:24-27 tells us the story of two men who built houses on different foundations. “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:  And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.” Since parables are meant to explain a Heavenly truth using an earthly metaphor, there must be more to this parable than simply a discussion of two men’s houses. Fortunately, Christ Himself explains this parable for us.

Usually parables have slightly veiled meanings. Jesus usually used them before the multitudes, then explained them in private to His disciples.  This parable differs slightly from that trend, in that Jesus explains it publicly to the multitude.  The man whose house was on the rock was the man who listened to Christ and did as He said. The man whose house was on the sand was a man who ignored what Christ said. The house could be said to represent a man’s life, though Christ did not say so. However, it fits well since everything a man values, his family, his possessions and so on, would be found in his house.  Since Jesus is God incarnate, the parable may be summed up as the wise man built his life on God’s word, and the foolish man did not.  This parable is key to building a foundation to the Christian worldview.

The above parable hold the key to laying the foundation of a Christian worldview. A Christian is meant to be one who follows Christ.  It is impossible to follow Christ without keeping His Word. Therefore, we can deduce that the foundation of a Christian worldview is the eternal Word of God.  God’s Word makes an excellent foundation for a number of reasons. A good foundation is firm, and not easily swayed or moved. God’s Word never changes, because it’s author never changes.  God’s Word is also firm. It does not permit argument. When it speaks, it speaks clearly, showing man his sin.

Thus the Bible must be the foundation of a Christian’s worldview. If even one part of a foundation is poorly constructed, the building will crack at that exact point. So it is with a worldview. If the foundation of a worldview is mistrusted on a single point, the entire worldview will collapse around that point. Therefore, for the Bible to be the foundation of a Christian worldview, it must be correct about everything it of which it speaks. This includes the much maligned first seven chapters of the book of Genesis.

In order for the Bible to be the foundation of the Christian worldview, it cannot be read and ignored as most men read instruction manuals. Instead it must be actively applied to the lives of the readers. A foundation is useless if nothing is built upon it. The Bible cannot be a foundation if nothing is built upon it.

A worldview must have a foundation. If the worldview is Christian, it must be grounded and founded on the very Word of God. Every word of the Bible must be trusted or none of it can be trusted. In order for it to be the foundation of a worldview, every word must be deemed true. Further, it must impact the life of those who build their worldview upon it.

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