by Shelby Smith, Creation Truth Foundation
At the end of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus explains to His listeners that they should build their house upon the rock of His words (Matthew 7:24-27). Those who build their house here will withstand life’s storms and those who do not will come to destruction. This helps us to understand that the Bible should be the foundation that the house is built on and the framework of the house, representing the believers understanding and actions, should extend from it. In these scriptures, we also see the false trust placed on human wisdom and the thinking that our finite human knowledge can withstand the storm or determine where the foundation should be placed and where the framework should extend out of the foundation.
Building a Biblically based worldview has become harder and harder to do in a world that promotes reasoning and learning using the senses to acquire knowledge. Do not misunderstand, the Scripture does mandate that we study and apply what we have learned about the Creation for God’s glory (Genesis 1:28). However, with sin and the Fall came the mixture of good and evil that distorts the acquisition of knowledge for man and when the flesh gets in the way science is no longer for the glory of God, but for the glory and self-promotion of fallible human beings.
Science is able to observe, test and repeat, obtaining information about how our world works. The problem with this is that science starts with underlying assumptions about the world and then uses these assumptions to interpret the information obtained. The need for an accurate filter to determine Truth for all reality became essential at the Fall because science can only tell you about the observable and cannot tell you about onetime events that we are not able to observe in the present (i.e. origin issues). These events require faith in Christ or faith in human intellect! God did not give us material things to put our trust in for the consistency found throughout the universe, but He gave us someone, who is an objective standard, Jesus Christ our Creator.
The ability to fellowship and commune with our Creator are characteristics given to man alone and are an essential part of building a Biblical worldview. Being created in the image and likeness of God, directs us toward how we are to learn about our world by applying what we have learned to our knowledge base that helps us to develop our worldview (Genesis 1:26-27). God is triune Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and man is triune soul (mind), body (senses), and spirit (heart) (1 Thessalonians 5:23). The believer’s spirit is directly influenced by the Holy Spirit and, when learning using the mind and the senses, the information is filtered through the heart that is sensitive to the direction of the Spirit helping man to know good from evil and determine Truth. The Bible reveals numerous verses that direct us to learning in this triune fashion and shows us that the heart is the vehicle through which the knowledge and wisdom of the Truth comes to a man.
When we learn using the methods of secular science that are lacking in the spiritual component, we are inept at determining what Truth is because we have left Christ out of the learning process. At that point, the Truth is exchanged for the lie whether it be progressive creation, theistic evolution, or evolution it is all promotion of human intellectual endeavors (Romans 1:25). This is because we are to grow and mature in Him and still need the more mature believer who is full of age and discernment to teach us in the areas that we are lacking (Matthew 5:48 & Hebrews 5:14). This will require hard work and is not something that just develops when we obtain spiritual life, but develops as we form a relationship with our Creator.
Therefore, building a Biblical worldview in a culture that revolves around human knowledge requires that you develop the spiritual component (Philippians 4:7 & 1 Corinthians 2:14). The use of the senses (Hebrews 5:14) and the use of the mind (Romans 12:2) are also important aspects and all three must be directed for the glory of the Creator for true development to occur (Colossians 3:2). When reading these Scriptures the Bible points the way directing us to how we can determine what true knowledge is. It will be learned using the mind and the senses and then, when filtered through the heart, it will be weighed proving to be in agreement with the word of God or will be exposed as a lie having weak foundations.
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