In my first post I laid out a brief definition of what a Christian World View (CWV) is and is not. I also pointed out that Judeo-Christian morality and not a CWV is the historic moral belief system for Western Civilization. This may have been a surprise to some. There is often the assumption that the United States is a Christian Nation, whatever that means. We are not. If we ever were, we have not been in my lifetime (over 40 years).
So what does any of this have to do with "Developing a Christian World View"? Great question! Glad I asked. 100 years ago most people would have understood, because they had been taught, basic principles of Christianity. That doesn't mean they believed in it or practiced it as a religion. They would have understood two things that are not understood even among people calling themselves Christians today. Christianity is a faith that is about 1). Believing and 2). Doing.
I know, some of you where just amazingly underwhelmed by my revelation. Reality is that if you are not living (or at least making an effort) your faith, it is a reflection of the fact that maybe you don't believe what you profess. Another possibility is that you don't know what you believe or why you believe it. This brings us to our topic.
To Develop a Christian World View you have to:
- Be a practicing Christian.
- Be committed to reading and understanding BOTH the Old and New Testaments.
- Be committed to seeking God's will for your life and doing it.
- Be committed to seeking understanding of how God views events in BOTH the material and spiritual worlds.
- Believe that the Bible is true.
- Believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God.
- Believe that the Bible is accurate in literal and figurative information that it transmits.
- Believe that the Bible has data relevant to you today.
- Believe that spiritual truth and material truth are both true and that the truth is objective, not subjective.
- Believe that it is possible to find application of scripture to understand todays events.
- You have to be reading your Bible.
- You have to be in a prayerful relationship with the Lord.
- In order to be successful you also have to be striving for righteous living.
- You have to open to the leading of the Holy Spirit.
- It helps if you ask the Lord for a mature CWV. For some reason things aren't always automatic, and it seems that while God is willing to give us blessings, He likes to be asked.