Letter: Help from higher power
Posted Online – Saturday, September 28, 2013
Thomas Hughes, Naples
Help from higher power
We all have our own world view which affects the way we live and how we view things should be.
America’s culture, our laws and government were established based on a Judeo-Christian world view with the Bible as its source.
This historical truth has been forgotten. It’s incredible to think that the Word of God is able to speak into every area of our lives. The Word of God speaks to us about who God is, His nature and character. It speaks about the foundation of ethics, philosophy and science. Most importantly, God’s Word, the Bible, speaks to us about His gift of salvation through His son Jesus Christ.
For decades now, America’s biblical world view has shifted to a humanistic world view. God’s word speaks of this in Genesis — you either trust in God or you become a god yourself. Therefore, it’s either God’s word or man’s word.
The conflict in America today is a battle between the Christian world view of morality verses a secular world view of moral relativism, that man determines truth. We need to return to God’s world view and develop a deep faith that can stand against our culture’s non-biblical ideas. We should be more sensitive to God’s role in the history of our nation because it gives us reason for optimism.
In the book of Malachi the Lord spoke “Ever since the time of your forefathers you have turned away from my decrees and have not kept them. Return to me, and I will return to you.”
What’s a Biblical worldview?
A Biblical worldview is based on the infallible Word of God. When you believe the Bible is entirely true, then you allow it to be the foundation of everything you say and do.
Do you have a biblical worldview?
Answer the following questions, based on claims found in the Bible and which George Barna used in his survey:
- Do absolute moral truths exist?
- Is absolute truth defined by the Bible?
- Did Jesus Christ live a sinless life?
- Is God the all-powerful and all-knowing Creator of the universe, and does He still rule it today?
- Is salvation a gift from God that cannot be earned?
- Is Satan real?
- Does a Christian have a responsibility to share his or her faith in Christ with other people?
- Is the Bible accurate in all of its teachings?
What did some of America’s early Statesman have to say about a Biblical worldview?
Noah Webster, Educator; Legislator; Judge; Revolutionary soldier and Schoolmaster of America, believed in a Biblical worldview and stated; “The Bible is the chief moral cause of all that is good and the best corrector of all that is evil in human society – the best book for regulating the temporal concerns of men.”
John Jay, Author of the Federalist Papers; Diplomat; President of Congress; Original Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and Governor of New York, similarly agreed; “The Bible is the best of all books, for it is the word of God and teaches us the way to be happy in this world and in the next. Continue therefore to read it and to regulate your life by its precepts.”
“If you believe what you like in the Gospel and reject what you don’t like, it is not the Gospel you believe, but yourself” – Augustine
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will is.” Romans 12:2.