A Christians Worldview In Suffering

I was deeply saddened by news of a family i know’s son falling 2 stories. He’s not doing well, and as
i said in the last post, it has been a sober reminder of how temporary life is, and how the biblical view of suffering is so different from the world’s.

Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”eiffel-tower-927634

As Christians, when tragedy strikes, we have something, someone, to hold on to. God reminds us that he works all together for good, even in the midst of tragedy.

This shows us the fundamental fact that God is in control. 

In many other worldviews, it’s us who have to take control. We have the burden to stop evil. This diminishes God as the ultimate sovereign king that he is. Though we do have a calling to fight sin, but we cannot do it without God. Without Christ’s blood applied to our account, we can do nothing.

But if God is sovereign, doesn’t he have the power to stop all this evil that happens to christians and non-christians alike? The answer is yes. God has the power. But he also has a plan, he is working all things for good for those who love him, who are called to his holy purpose. So in suffering, Christians have the hope of eternal good. We have something to suffer for, we can glorify God through our suffering. Even when we don’t know his plans, we know he will right every wrong and every injustice.

Romans 12:19 says, “Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”

In many ways, this has been a very comforting verse to me. It may seem counter-intuitive to some of different worldviews, but the fact that God is a God of wrath makes me filled with peace because of this verse.

Let me explain. We can’t stop every injustice. We are humans, we’re flawed. We cause the injustice. Our sinful flesh is the reason anything bad has ever happened in the first place!

But if God avenges all evil and all injustice in it’s time, then I don’t need to hold hatred for people who have hurt me and others, I have a God who will right every wrong. This may sound harsh, but unless there is repentance and faith in Christ, every evil-doer (myself included) will pay for there sins, and there will be perfect justice in that.

So as i think of these tragedies in Paris and elsewhere, I’m reminded that God has a plan, and he will right every wrong. If the murderers don’t get justice on earth, then God will ultimately bring justice upon them. But we pray that all would come to Christ and be changed.

Christ knows what it is like to be murdered as an innocent man. He knows the pain these families feel. He knows.

And only in that do I have some comfort for my soul.

Our Worldview In Suffering

Suffering is probably where our true beliefs and values come into light the most fully. The pain of death, the sting of defeat, and the hurt of loss all compel us to run to what or who we value most.

We see this in recent tragedies, with Paris and the following events we see many people crying out for some sort of “savior” whether it be God, guns, or pacifism.

When someone we know and love is hurt or worse, killed, we feel it deeply in our souls. I must admit with the recent attacks, i didn’t know anyone. So it didn’t “hit home” until i heard of a friends child who’s in critical condition earlier today.

This event reminded me of the fact that every single victim of this horrible attack had someone who cared about them, someone who loved them. Over 100 families are grieving for these people. My soul is heavy with one person in critical condition, I can’t imagine over 100 deaths.

I grieve based on scripture, but many grieve with thoughts of revenge and hatred, or depression and loneliness. Our core beliefs change how we view life. In the next post i’ll be talking about how my Biblical worldview affects how I think about life, death, and grieving. It will by no means do any justice to all issues, but it will hopefully help others understand that God is in control, He cares for us, and he will right the wrongs eventually.

We need to be praying. May Christ come soon.

A Barnes and Noble Worldview

Many of us Christians have visited the Barnes and Noble “Chrisbestsellers-67048_640tian” section. We go up or down the escalator only to find a myriad of books to choose from, some recognized, some not.

We peruse by the winning smile of Joel Osteen, only to read the book to find it somewhat depthly lacking. We then turn to a Bible, can’t really go wrong, God’s word in a nicely made package. We find many different thoughts on things like heaven, hell, gifts, life, marriage, the list goes on…

What strikes me about this section is the huge amount of Christian worldviews. Most authors in this section share a fundamental belief in scripture and (hopefully) hold to faith in Christ.

For example, we look at 2 different Christians, one parent who believes in spanking, the other does not. We find a writer telling us that health and wealth are found in scripture, while another author argues aberrantly against it. Another book tells us that true glorifying of Christ comes through enjoying him, whereas another says you must do these works to be saved.

Though im not saying these writers are all believers, I am saying that there are many worldviews sitting on that “Christian Living” section. My counsel would only be, buy that Bible if you haven’t already, and use that to sort through the rest.

How Worldview Affects Our Stuff

This is a tough one for me, I sometimes love stuff too much and God too little. What I mean by “stuff” is those things in our life that aren’t necessarily needs, but rather fun things we like to have.

Biblically speaking, it’s not wrong to have “stuff”. After all, most of us have a car with air conditioning, a house with a television, and other “things” we tend to not think too deeply about.

But the problem comes when our “stuff” starts to rule us, to control us.

This is partly a consumerism/materialism issue, but i’m more thinking practical applications for not making stuff an idol.

Now, not so good stuff tends to be stuff we “buy” but can’t afford, like that big screen TV that we have payments on, our brand new $100,000 Mercedes on a $30,000 income, and other like things. These things are neither helpful, nor are they wise.

The way worldview practically applies to this is that someone who leans toward a more naturalistic worldview would want more stuff for satisfaction, trying to get the next big thing to satisfy.

Whereas a Christian worldview sees “stuff” as a means to (hopefully) glorify God with.

Evolutionism According to Romans 1

In the last post, I briefly touched on the cultural hype of thdelicate-arch-960279e new fossil discovery where a dinosaur was found with preserved feathers and tissue. Read that if you haven’t!

So why do people believe in evolution? Isn’t it clear through creation that God has spoken and created? Let’s take a look at Romans 1 for the answer:

For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. (vs. 20-21)

We see in the first part of these verses that God’s unseen attributes are seen in creation. Because of the massiveness of creation we can see God’s eternal power. In the complexity of it we see His glorious divine nature.

Next Paul tells us that because of these things they’re without excuse. Unbelievers experience God’s creation, just not in a salvific way. People behold God’s creation every day, and they don’t give Him thanks for it.

Sobellflower-373106_1920 why do they reject it? While many people reject for a myriad of reasons, the core of it comes down to that they’re hearts are darkened by dishonoring God and giving credit to something other than Him.

For those thinking of throwing stones and saying rude, uncaring things due to another so-called “win” for creationists, don’t. We need to speak the truth in love. When we post replies to these topics, we must post in grace and truth. Nobody cares about your opinion if your response is disrespectful.

So respond in truth, but season it with salt.

Flesh and Tailfeathers – The Worldview of Evolution

If you haven’t already heard, according to this article, an undergra1501314765148874893d student from the University of Alberta uncovered a dinosaur by the name of “Ornithomimus” with preserved tail-feathers and soft tissue. Why is this important? I’m no scientist, but I’m not sure that the odds are in the favor of this kind of preservation over “75 million” years. And before people go up in arms about how i haven’t read scientific articles about iron preservation and such, I have, and it’s all very fascinating, but I’m not convinced. I’m not saying that Iron can’t be a preservative. I just don’t think it’s logical to throw out a Creationist’s views.

The real question is why? Why don’t people want to believe in the God of Creation? We’ll look at this worldview issue tonight! Stay tuned!

In the meantime, here are some sources from both points of view:

The Gospel and Fundamentalism (Part 2)

Click Here to read Part 1! (p.s. Happy November!)

So what does the Bible say about fundamentalism and fundamentalists alike?

Firstly, we have to understand our Theology. God is perfect. We’re not.

We’ve all sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. We’re bycross-66700_1920 nature children of wrath (Eph 2:3) So really, we don’t deserve anything good. We deserve justice for our sins just as a good judge punishes criminals for there acts justly. That justice is hell, the wrath of God being poured out on those who haven’t repented and trusted in Christ.

If we can’t escape our sins, then someone else will have to pay for them in our place. God sends Jesus Christ to live the perfect life we can’t live, and to die the death we deserve to die. God poured out the wrath that should’ve been on me, onto Christ. Thus cancelling the eternal debt I owed for my sins.

Praise the Lord for such a great savior!

So now that we have the gospel straight, we can move forward.

In response to the idea that we’re called to “condemn” people, I think we need to look at what Christ did, He didn’t come to condemn the world, but to save it (John 3:17). This doesn’t mean we don’t call all people to repentance and faith (Luke 13:5). We just do it in a way that’s loving, truthful, and seasoned with salt (1 Cor 16:14, Eph 4:15, Col 4:6).

I guess a practical way of breaking it down would be simply, does your gospel presentation contain the truth? And does it contain love?

Because if you neglect the truth, you do the world a disfavor in not calling them to repentance. Without it you will miss the core of the gospel, leaving the world with nothing tangible to believe. Good intentions get nowhere without good content.

Without love, your words become meaningless. You may say some truthful things, but if you come across as careless not many will want to listen.

Obviously this isn’t an exhaustive response to this issue, I’m simply trying to provide a short response. I and I’m sure many others have failed in these areas, and we always have room to grow!

Thanks for reading!