Mar 15, 2011
Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”
“What is truth?” retorted Pilate. ~ John 18: 37 – 38a NIV
The Roman governor looked at the condemned prisoner standing before him and asked, “What is truth?” Jesus had just told Pilate that He had come into the world to bear witness to the truth. What Pilate did not realize was that standing before him was the very Author of truth Himself.
In John 14:6 Jesus declared “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” How you and I view this statement and others in the Scriptures impacts our lives, our relationship with God and our eternal destiny.
Recently, Sus took a graduate-level course, “Christian Worldview,” through Campus Crusade’s Institute of Biblical Studies; all our staff, both field and headquarters, are now required to complete eleven courses in advanced Biblical studies to equip them for ministry in today’s world. During the worldview class Sus learned that everyone essentially has a worldview (whether they know it or not) which determines what they believe about God, truth, eternal life, the nature of Man, who is Christ, and much more. Their worldview is the foundation explaining the “why” behind what you may see that person (or a group of people) doing.
Perhaps you have heard the term “postmodern.” This is a philosophy that has run rampant on our college campuses and in our culture for a number of years. Postmodernists do not believe in absolute truth; rather they believe truth can be defined by each individual. They would view Jesus’ statement in John 14:6 either as intolerant or only meaningful for those who chose to believe in Christ.
Christians need to know their worldview. We need to be aware of and acknowledge the power of God in the spiritual realm. We need to have a natural history that honors God as Creator as an alternative to the secularism of our American culture. Finally, we also need to know and share God’s overarching plan revealed to us through the Bible and throughout history with believers and nonbelievers. Mike’s office team just completed The Truth Project (at thetruthproject.org) and recommends this video series for learning a Christian worldview.
During this course, Sus was able to learn about different religious and philosophical trends that form the majority of worldviews today. She also learned some practical tools to help discern a person’s worldview, which affects how to approach them with the gospel. In our next newsletter we will share how she used this approach with three young adult nonbelievers. She was also encouraged that her blogging, as an evangelistic storyteller, is a culturally relevant way to connect the reader’s needs to God’s story.