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Worldview…how utterly critical it is! The things we believe, the things we have experience, our education, culture – all those things go together to shape our worldviews. A worldview is exactly what it says it is: it is the way we see, or view, the world. As a result, we interpret events and things we see and hear differently than someone else. It’s not a question of truth or untruth – truth is truth no matter whether we believe it to be true or not – but worldview is so strong and so persistent within us that it can lead us to truth or untruth.
What is the basic difference between Christians and non-Christians? There are those who would say it is that Christians are lunatics and delusion while the rest of the world is sane and scientific. Others might say it is what we believe or what we practice. Some would say it is determined by our relationship with Jesus. And there’s truth is some of those things.
On Sunday, the preacher put it into different words that struck me with their utter simplicity but profound truth. Here’s what he said (my paraphrase):
“The world says we live and then we die. Christianity says we die and then we live.”
What does he mean? I don’t believe he’s talking about eternal life per se, but rather this passage: Ephesians 2:1 (ESV) – And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience—among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved—and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus…
Are you living like you are dead, or alive?
PRAYER: I am so appreciative of Your patience with me. Help us not to despise the basic lessons we must learn, but to welcome them gladly and to persevere through the testing as You sanctify us in Your way! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
© 2015, Galen C. Dalrymple.
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