Just as the word itself suggests, a worldview is an overall view of the world. It’s not a physical view of the world, like the sight of planet Earth you might get from an orbiting space station. Rather, it’s a philosophical view of the world—and not just of our planet, but of all of reality. A worldview is an all-encompassing perspective on everything that exists and matters to us. Your worldview represents your most fundamental beliefs and assumptions about the universe you inhabit. It reflects how you would answer all the “big questions” of human existence, the fundamental questions we ask about life, the universe, and everything. Is there a God? If so, what is God like and how do I relate to God? If there isn’t a God, does it matter? What is truth and can anyone really know the truth anyway? Where did the universe come from and where is it going—if anywhere? What’s the meaning of life? Does my life have a purpose—and, if so, what is it? What am I supposed to do with my life? What does it mean to live a good life? Does it really matter in the end whether or not I live a good life? Is there life after death? Are humans basically just smart apes with superior hygiene and fashion sense—or is there more to us than that?
Does it really matter what worldview you have? Worldviews play a central and defining role in our lives. They shape what we believe and what we’re willing to believe, how we interpret our experiences, how we behave in response to those experiences, and how we relate to others. Your worldview reflects your most significant and influential beliefs, and those beliefs have implications for almost everything else you believe. Your worldview concerns what you think about matters of ultimate importance, matters that affect your entire outlook on life. Your basic view of the world shapes how you feel about the world and how you engage with the world.
It also matters what worldview you have because worldviews involve claims that can be true or false. Some worldviews have more truth in them than others. So if you care about truth, you ought to care about what worldview you have. You ought to seek out the worldview that is closest to the truth; the worldview that accurately reflects the way things really are; the worldview that allows us to see the world rightly. Having the wrong worldview is like wearing the wrong pair of spectacles: you won’t see the world the way you ought to see it. None of us should want that!
Excerpt from: What's Your Worldview?: An Interactive Approach to Life's Big Questions (James N. Anderson)
For us at St Ives Community Church, we are all about developing a robust Biblical worldview. The Bible is our window to make sense of the world. The Bible has proved for millions throughout history to make more sense out of reality (and make sense out of more reality) than any other worldview. In other words, there is a kind of self-evidencing power that these inspired writings have because they shed so much light on the biggest issues of life: God, and human personhood, and where we came from, and why we are here, and what the future holds, and what evil and sin are, and what God has done about our sin in the death of Christ, and what true happiness is, and how life on earth is to be ordered so that society flourishes instead of collapsing into chaos. For 2,000 years people have embraced this book as true because it answered the biggest and most important and hardest questions in a way that helped make sense out of all reality.