The mind and heart of God – our lens by which we view the world
by Kirstie Schierkolk, AFLBS Junior from Jerez, Mexico
This paper was written as a requirement for the Apologetics class offered during the Spring 2017 semester at AFLBS, taught by Rev. Wade Mobley.
A paradigm through which we understand our present life, our world’s past, and everyone’s future – this is a worldview. In her book Total Truth, Nancy Pearcey writes that for a worldview to be legitimate, it must account for three factors: the existence of the earth and all it holds, the reason for chaos and suffering, and a method to repair what has gone wrong. Plenty of worldviews attempt this, and perhaps get all three points covered. Eventually, however, they collapse on their human origins. Christians themselves face limitations in expressing the absolute truth they hold to; yet where human minds fail, the Word of God does not. For the Christian, the basis for all we know comes down to what God said and what He did, and we presuppose that both are true. Thus, if the Christian worldview is a lens, we might call this presupposition the glass of which the lens is made. It is the material that makes every subsequent point of truth possible, and the foundation upon which everything else stands.