Conflicting Worldviews OR Consequences of: “If I Believe…?

Worldviews
Worldviews

This week we look at the Christian worldview contrasted to the Atheist.

Christian

  • If I believe: I am created in God’s image, corrupted by sin but redeemed by grace, then: I have a hopeful future because I trust in Christ alone. If God is Creator, then: the Universe contains absolutes in both science and morality. My salvation and my future are secure by faith in Christ. Acts 16:31: “And they (Paul and Silas) said, ‘Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household.’” Romans 10:9: “If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:13: “For ‘everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’” The Bible has many more verses that promise security through faith in Christ. What we believe is critical to how we behave, and our behavior impacts the people and culture around us. Faith in Christ produces moral behavior based on the truths of Scripture because we are made in God’s image!

Atheist

  • If I believe: I came from dirt and will go back to dirt when I die, then: when life ends it had no meaning and I have no hope in a future beyond the grave. If the universe is random, then: it contains no moral absolutes and all rules can be created by human opinion. People who believe in “dirt to dirt” often despair to death by committing suicide. The logical outworking of “dirt to dirt” is hopelessness, frustration, and, ultimately, death. All people die! No one escapes this life! When we teach our children, as our public education system does, that they came from dirt, are going to dirt, and life has no meaning, how can you expect moral behavior? How can they have hope in a future that ends in annihilation? They’re told you’re just a sophisticated animal evolved from pond scum. As a result they will behave like the animals they were told they are, without moral restraint! As Dr. Dwayne Gish said, “From goo to you by way of the zoo!” Or a common quotation: “Live for today, for tomorrow we die!”

The Working Out of Atheism

A good example is Ernest Hemingway and his family. They demonstrate very clearly how the Atheistic worldview plays out in individual lives. This famous author is listed in the Humanists Society’s “Prominent Humanists of the Past”. His writings reflect his worldview. He committed suicide at the age of sixty-one. In his family, his father, Clarence Hemingway, his siblings Ursula and Leicester, and later his granddaughter Margaux Hemingway all also committed suicide. Worldview makes a difference in how you respond to life. A hopeless worldview brings both individual and societal disaster. It is faith alone in Christ alone that brings life.

Adapted from the Introduction of: “ANSWERS for “The Hope That Is In You” http://yourchristiananswers.com

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