Do you see like God sees? Part 1

The next time you find yourself relaxing with a group of friends, pull up this website and ask everyone to tell you what direction the woman is spinning. (How is that for a full-service blog?…We provide conversation starters at social gatherings to boot.)

Depending on whether you are predominately left-brained or right-brained, you will see the woman spinning a different direction. It is fascinating because even though two people are looking at the exact same image, one person thinks the other is crazy for seeing it differently. (I pulled it up at the office the other day and Keith quickly declared Christine Cover certifiably insane.)

Two people can look at the same thing and SEE it differently.

Dave’s sermon illustration of the autistic savant 2 weeks ago is another great example (you can watch it again here). Steven, the artist, ‘sees’ the world differently than you and me. I look at a cityscape and may be impressed with its architecture, layout, beauty, or sheer size – all good things to celebrate, of course. But Steven looks at the same cityscape and ‘sees’ more than I can ever hope to see. He retains every detail, every shadow, every angle of the view.

We are looking at the same image, but he sees differently (and more) than I do.

If we dwell on this truth for a moment, we realize this fact is true not just in cases of incredible talent or tricky visual games, but in our everyday life experience as well. Though everyone lives in and observes one common world – one common reality – there are probably as many views of that world as there are people living in it.

‘Worldview’ is a term that is thrown around often in Christian circles, and I think it is an important one to discuss and understand. Worldview, simply put, is an orientation of the heart about the basic constitution of reality and this constitution provides the foundation on which we live (this definition is taken from Sire’s The Universe Next Door). I think of worldview as a lens through which we see the world or as a story that describes the reason things are the way they are.

Every worldview answers the following kinds of questions:

1. What is a human being? Or, what are people basically like? (Trustworthy? Untrustworthy? Good? Evil? Well intentioned? Malicious? Stupid? Smart?)
2. What is the basic problem with the world? (Maybe the only common assertion that all worldviews share is that there is, indeed, some problem with the world).
3. What is the best solution to that problem?
4. Is there a God?
5. Are moral standards objective and indifferent to the cultural milieu or is morality subjective and relative to the culture?
6. What happens to a person after death?

There are indefinite numbers of ways to answer these questions (and others) that comprise a view of the world.

The question for every Christian to ask themselves is: Do we see the world like God? Do we see with a Biblical worldview?

Over a short series of posts I would like to explore some questions regarding worldview:
Where does a worldview come from? How do we see with a Biblical worldview? And, briefly (since countless books have been written on this question alone), what are some basic components that comprise a Biblical worldview.

One of Francis Schaeffer’s famous sayings is that every man is a philosopher since every man has a worldview. Yet, the reality is, many of us have never questioned our own worldview, never examined why we see the world the way we do.

I would urge you to attempt to answer a few of the questions above. I find #1 and #2 especially challenging to discover via introspection. What is the story I tell myself about people and the story I tell about what exactly is wrong with the world today? If you are honest with yourself, you may be surprised at the kinds of answers that emerge from your heart.

Stay tuned friends. More worldview will be coming down the pipe.

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