For many Christians shocking…
It’s how few who profess to be Christians believe in a biblical worldview.
First, everyone has a worldview – or a combination of worldviews – whether they realize it or not … even if they don’t know for sure what a worldview is.
Simply put, a worldview is the belief system through which we
- Form our self-image and our attitudes about ourselves
- See and interact with the world around us
- Establish behavior patterns … make life decisions … and take action
It’s like a lens or a filter through which we view everything … and it helps us make sense of the world we see and experience.
Our worldview determines what we will consider to be
- True versus false
- Good versus bad
- Righteous versus evil
- Right versus wrong
- Beautiful versus ugly
- Valuable versus worthless
Since our worldview will determine what choices we make in life … and how we will behave in different situations and circumstances, the important questions are:
- Which worldview – or worldviews – do we embrace
- On what grounds is that worldview – or those worldviews — based
Your worldview is critical … as is living it out on a daily basis.
When I speak at groups or churches, I often describe what a biblical worldview consists of because it’s important … and because there’s such a huge disconnect.
George Barna – the well-known pollster – recently conducted 3 nationwide surveys of 3 different demographic groups…
The purpose was to determine how many adults in the U.S. actually have a biblical worldview … compared with the 100+ million who claim to have a biblical worldview.
The surveys contained 20 questions assessing spiritual beliefs … and 20 questions assessing behavior.
The results were … well … disturbing…
- How many believe they think biblically vs. how many do think biblically.
While 46% of adults – roughly 112 million – claim to have a biblical worldview … Barna’s research found that only 10% — about 24 million – think and behave biblically.
- The Christian vs. the true biblical worldview.
The gap between adults who consider themselves Christians – more than 7 out of every 10 – and those who have a biblical worldview – 1 out of every 10 – is even more alarming.
- The age gap.
Younger adults are much less likely to have a biblical worldview than older adults. Here’s the breakdown by age group:
- 18 to 29 – 4%
- 30 to 49 – 7%
- 50 to 64 – 15%
- 65 or older – 17%
- Pro-life and biblical worldview.
Out of the half of the nation’s adults who consider themselves to be “pro-life advocates” – only 19% have a biblical worldview.
- Bible reading and biblical worldview.
Out of the 11% who say they read the Bible daily … less than half – 45% — have a biblical worldview.
- Protestant vs. Catholic and biblical worldview.
There’s a wide disparity in the biblical worldview percentages between those identifying as Protestant and those identifying as Catholic:
- Among Protestants – 19% with a biblical worldview
- Among Catholics – 2% with a biblical worldview
- Two takeaways from this research.
First, one may have a biblical worldview in some areas – say theology, philosophy, ethics and history – while having a conflicting secular humanistic worldview in biology, psychology, politics and economics.
Second, if one claims to believe according to a biblical worldview … but does not act or behave according to a biblical worldview … one doesn’t really have a biblical worldview.
Beliefs are important … but if they don’t lead to action, they aren’t true beliefs … as James makes clear in his discussion of faith and works in James 2:14-26.
Here’s a portion of the passage (NASB translation):
“What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,’ and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself.
But someone may well say, ‘You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.’…Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? You see that faith was working with his works, and as a result of the works, faith was perfected; and the Scripture was fulfilled which says, ‘And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness,’ and he was called the friend of God.” (James 2:14-18, 21-23)
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