The story of the world can be told with FOUR WORDS representing four plot moves. All worldviews deal with these four plot moves that describe the Story of the World and how the world began, why the world is the way it is, what role we play in the drama and how all the plotlines of the Story are resolved in the end.
Plot Move #1
Creation. This tells us how things began, where everything came from (including us). Who made the world? Where did we come from? The world God made was good. The secular worldview says that we are a random product of time and chance not a personal creator.
Plot Move #2
Rebellion. This describes the problem. What went wrong with the world? What is wrong with us? We don’t start off neutral in life. We are born with a sin nature. We struggle to know and understand the truth. We are bent towards selfishness. The secular worldview says we are basically good and just need a better environment; that there has been no "rebellion" because there is no God that has established truth.
Plot Move #3
Redemption. This gives us the solution, the way to fix what went wrong. What is God doing to fix our world? What is God doing to fix us? God never walked off and left us. He wants to restore you, beginning now. It has always been God’s plan, not just to forgive you, but to restore you – to make you like Jesus. The secular worldview says our world will be redeemed through ecology and creation care; that’s how we save the planet. And let’s create a utopia and let socialism be the way that we solve the world’s problems.
Plot Move #4
Restoration. This explains what the world will look like once the repair takes place. How does it all resolve eventually? Will we become what God intended? Through Christ our world will be restored to what God had intended all along. We will all be what we were supposed to be. The secular worldview says that everything is physical and material and eventually, it will all decay into nothingness.
Two Major Worldviews Summarized
Biblical Worldview: A Biblical Worldview says that God is the Author of our universe, that we are accountable to Him, and that we have hope of being a part of His grand story to triumph over all evil in our world through Jesus. You see, Christians believe that there’s a larger story going on in human history; that there is a God and He made all that we see and know, including human-beings and it was perfect; that something went wrong in the world because of our rebellion prompted by the Evil One; that God has initiated a plan to fix this mess and that Jesus’ coming was promised way back in Genesis 3:15; that I am part of His plan to restore this world to all that He intended for it; that as I live a life He endorsed and as I struggle to make sense of all the suffering in this fallen world, somehow Christ’s takes shape in me and uses me to give hope to the broken. That’s a Christian Biblical worldview in summary form.
Secular Worldview: A Secular Worldview says that we have no Author, that we are not accountable to anyone, and there are no ideals or grand story's of redemption. The prevailing post-modern story is this: “Once upon a time, there were no big stories, only local ones. So don’t pretend you know the big story of the world because you might start to believe yourself and therefore begin oppressing people who disagree with your story.” Since we are on our own, we should seek all the gratification and satisfaction we can now. Each individual is free to create a belief system that works for them. And then at death – full stop. Life is over. We cease to exist. So, in this worldview, we are marooned on a pale blue dot in a possibly endless cosmos. We are unnoticed, insignificant, and on our own. Humans have huge problems and may not be able to ever overcome them. And there is no hope beyond the grave.
Which worldview do you want to shape your life and the lives of your children and grandchildren? What you believe about yourself and your worth and value ties directly to your worldview.
Would you like to have Jesus in the center of your life and worldview? Welcome Him into your life today!