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Continuing from last week….the seven elements of a worldview are:

  1. Belief about God.
  2. Belief about the origins of man.
  3. Belief about the afterlife.
  4. Belief about how knowledge is acquired.
  5. Belief about morality.
  6. Belief about what is wrong with mankind.
  7. Belief about the solution for mankind.

The second element of a worldview that I’Ching Thomas shared with us on March 17th is that of man’s origins.

“Who are you to answer the question of where man came from? Are you a scientists? Are you a geneticist, physicist, or a historian? Have you ever faced Richard Dawkins in a nationally televised debate? Have you even read Darwin’s On the Origin of Species? Have you even read The God Delusion? You don’t even know what you are talking about; so don’t try to tell me that man was created by God. Science has already proven time and time again that man evolved through millions of years of natural selection.”

Ever heard a statement like that before? Ever have someone say something like that to you? Even if you haven’t, I would guess that the majority of Christians are afraid to engage in conversation about the origins of man because they feel ill equipped to offer a credible rebuttal to such a statement. What would you say in response to the above?

I want to encourage you to answer the question of the origins of man with a narrative. Yes, it might be a good idea to tell a story (a true one) in the midst of a scientific debate. Now, I say this not only because you might feel more comfortable sharing a narrative, I say this because the answer for the origins of man was given to us in a narrative–the narrative of the Bible. Plus, it seems man was created with a passion for narrative. How much of our free time is tied to narratives in movies, plays, books, and even music? We love stories! Every culture has a place for stories! You need to remember that the Bible is ultimately the recording of the grand narrative of God and His creation.

When this series on a worldview is over, I will be writing an article, if I can remember, called The Bible is Not the Internet. The Bible, as LT pointed out, was not written systematically. At least that is the not the genre of the whole Bible. The Bible is a grand narrative about God’s creation of all that exists. Too often we expect the Bible to function like the Internet. We expect that we can type in a question and an answer will pop-up in a new window. The Bible is not the Internet.

The Bible is many things. It is instructional, theological, motivational, encouraging…it is many things, but it is not the Internet (more on that later). One of the most important things about the Bible is that it is a narrative. The Bible is the story of the creation of man and his relationship to his God.

Now you may be thinking, “But why in the world would I share the narrative of the Bible to answer the questions of the origins of man?” Well, for one, God gave us the narrative of Genesis. Also, there are many questions to be answered in the first few chapters of the Bible. If you share the story of the Bible, just Genesis 1-6, think of all the worldview elements you will express:

You will explain that the origins of man are God. (Gen 1:26)
You will show that morality is from God. (Gen 2:16)
You will show that God desires that man live in community. (Gen 2:18)
You will give the reason that mankind is broken. (Gen 3)
You will introduce the concept of redemption. (Gen 3:21)
You will reveal God’s heart concerning evil. (Gen 6)
You will show God is willing to interact with man throughout the narrative. (Gen 2-6 an on)
You will express God’s view on violence. (Gen 6:11-13)

In just telling the story you can express most of the elements of a biblical worldview. Look back up at the seven elements. How many can be addressed in just telling the story of Genesis 1-6?

So you might feel pressured to answer scientific inquiries with equal scientific banter. But, don’t forget that the truth about man is also found in a story, the story, a true story, of God’s creation. No, I doubt that a story will suffice to satisfy all the inquiries of a steep scientific mind. But they will help you level the playing field and help you communicate your worldview about man in a manner that anyone can understand and engage in.

For His Glory,
Nathan
nathan@ibc.org.hk
www.ibc.org.hk