Join the Spiritual Conversation Around You
- Friday, July 21, 2006
* Understand the six basic worldviews. Whenever you meet people, think about the remarks they make and ask yourself what worldview they’re promoting. The biblical worldview says: “Serve the one true God – the Creator of the universe – alone. Since God loves you personally, love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, strength, and love your neighbor as yourself. God’s rules are good and are for our good.” The Haunted worldview says: “Eclectic. Syncretistic. Don’t judge anybody. Get in contact with spiritual power, which spiritual power works for you.” The What You See is What You Get (WYSIWYG) worldview says: “The physical world is the only reality. You can only know what is material. Any appeal to spiritual reality is outlawed from the start as mere superstition, hype, hokum, wishful thinking, or deception. All morals and ideas of good, evil, truth, and beauty are man-made.” The Dueling Yodas worldview says: “Good and evil are in an eternal battle in a moral universe, but neither side ever wins. It is an eternal struggle.” The Omnipresent Supergalactic Oneness worldview says: “Absorption of all things into pantheism or monism. Evil and good are only apparent opposites. There are no innocent sufferers, since suffering is exactly proportionate to one’s karma. You create your own reality with your mind. You are ‘God,’ but so is that cockroach scurrying across the floor.” The Designer Religion worldview says: “It’s okay to mix and match religions. Never judge anybody. Get in contact with a spiritual power that works for you.”
* Let challenges from other worldviews strengthen your faith. Don’t be afraid of views that differ from yours. Instead, learn from them. Ask hard questions and wrestle with ideas. Confront your doubts and fears. Be humble enough to know that you don’t know everything. Pray for God to use your discussions with others to help you more clearly see the truth that leads to Him. But be sure to stay close to God (through prayer, Scripture reading, and church) so He can continually guide you, protect you from false teaching, and give you wisdom. Pray against being deceived by evil, and refuse to take part in practices condemned in the Bible, since doing so can open you up to attack in spiritual warfare. Don’t conform to the world, but ask the Holy Spirit to transform you by renewing your mind. Be on guard against religion and philosophy that depend on the world’s basic principles or human traditions rather than on God Himself – Jesus Christ. Remember that the Trinity sums up biblical revelation. Don’t settle for anything less than God’s full revelation of Himself. Trust that, if you passionately seek God, He will allow you to find Him and strengthen your faith.
* Ask creative questions. Ask questions to invite people into dialogue, gain a better understanding of what they believe, and possibly build friendships with them. Use questions that define key terms you’re discussing, clarify, classify, challenge, and point out what is assumed. Be confident, polite, humble, and persistent. Respect people’s dignity and don’t engage them in unnecessary arguments. Keep a sense of humor. Help people think about their own beliefs and the biblical worldview in ways they may never have previously considered.
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