What Is A Biblical Worldview?

“Be careful that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit based on human tradition, based on the elements of the world, rather than Christ.”

Colossians 2:8

The word “worldview” has become a common term in recent years, but many people aren’t sure what it really means, how it affects them, or what their own worldview is. 

Christians may have a Biblical worldview without even knowing what that means, but what if someone would ask you, “What is a Biblical worldview”? 

Biblical Worldview

Definition Of ‘Worldview’

Encyclopedia Brittanica defines a worldview as simply “the way someone thinks about the world”.

The Christian Worldview gives a definition of worldview with a little more detail: “A worldview is a personal collection of ideas and beliefs through which all of life is perceived and lived. There are several prominent worldviews — Christian, humanist, atheist, Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, New Age — including subsets of each and hybrids of two or more. Every person has a worldview.”

A few other words that are used interchangeably with worldview are viewpoint, perspective, and standpoint. 

Some people are said to see things through rose-colored glasses, and then there are those who see things through a negative lens. Both of these types of viewpoints influence the person’s actions, attitudes, and ways of responding to everything. 

Our worldview determines how we think, how we act and react, and how we make decisions. It influences our speech, our emotions, and what’s important to us.

So, putting it simply, we see the world through what we deeply believe. When we believe that the Bible is true, and when we have a relationship with our Creator, we will view the world through the lens of what we know and believe about God.  

Biblical Worldview vs. Secular Worldview

When we know and believe God’s word as His inspired word. we will be able to see everything through the lens of Scripture. When we don’t understand something happening in our world, we can go to the Bible to find answers and guidance.

When we believe that the Bible is absolute truth, we can look at everything that goes on around us in the way God intended for us to see it. Instead of filtering what we see through our own flawed interpretation of truth, we can look at it all through the lens God has given us. 

We look to the Bible and not to the world for truth. 

There are several types of worldviews – some say 2, others up to 9 major worldviews. These worldviews filter all of life through such things as politics, culture, religion, science, or anything that a person believes to hold the highest truth in their eyes. 

People with a Biblical worldview look to the Bible for all of the above. God’s Word is what we filter or interpret life through. Those with a secular worldview get their perspective from something other than the Bible, often by what they see in the world. 

What Is My Worldview?

Believing in God does not automatically give anyone a Biblical worldview. We are constantly being bombarded with things that we see and hear around us. How we allow these things to affect us plus our response reveals our worldview. Every part of our lives is affected by our worldview. 

It may take you some time, thought, and prayer to determine whether you are seeing things through a Biblical worldview.

Here are some questions to ask yourself in order to determine if you have a Biblical worldview:

  • Do you believe that the Bible is truth, timeless, unchangeable, and divinely inspired by God Himself in order that we might live by it? 
  • Do you find yourself referring to the Bible for answers on how to process and respond to the things that go on in the world, and both current and historical events?
  • Do you feel that the Bible influences the way you see the world, or that the world influences the way you see God and His word?
  • Do you believe that God’s wisdom is higher than that of people and that everything that happens is in His plan?
  • Do you believe that truth is determined by God and not by our own opinions?

Biblical Worldview Scriptures

Colossians 2:8

Be careful that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deceit based on human tradition, based on the elements of the world, rather than Christ. (CSB)

Without a strong Biblical worldview, worldly opinions and ideas can be very convincing, and the people spreading them can be frightening and even threatening when we don’t adhere to their narrative. 

1 John 4:1

Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see if they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into this world. 

False teachers will often claim to have spiritual enlightenment or some kind of revelation that can be convincing, causing people to believe in their theology. This verse is telling us to test the spirits, to see if they line up with the truth of the Bible.  God’s word is the perfect tool to use for this testing and verifying or disproving. 

Romans 1: 20-25

For his invisible attributes, that is, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen since the creation of the world, being understood through what he has made. As a result, people are without excuse. For though they knew God, they did not glorify him as God or show gratitude. Instead, their thinking became worthless, and their senseless hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man, birds, four-footed animals, and reptiles. Therefore God delivered them over in the desires of their hearts to sexual impurity, so that their bodies were degraded among themselves. They exchange the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served what has been created instead of the Creator, who is praised forever. Amen. 

From the beginning of time, we humans have been tempted to elevate our own wisdom and dismiss that of God. Even though we can see Him at work in our lives, still we often have a tendency to lean toward self-reliance and self-glorification. 

2 Timothy 4:2-4

Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; correct, rebuke, and encourage with great patience and teaching. For the time will come when people will not tolerate sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, will multiply teachers for themselves because they have an itch to hear what they want to hear. 

In order to preach the word, we must study it, know what God is telling us, and be able to apply Biblical truth to any and every current situation. 

Genesis 1:1

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 

This is one of the simplest, yet weightiest statements in the Bible. If God had not created the heavens and the earth, there would have been nothing. Yet He was there even though nothingness existed, because He existed. And he created. 

Romans 12:2

Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. 

The world will lead us into such things as anger, frustration, fear, confusion, and negativity. God canl lead us out of these and into such things as calmness, peace, fearlessness, clarity, and hope. 

2 Corinthians 4:4

…the god of this age has blinded the minds of the unbelievers to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 

Satan uses every tactic possible to blind people to the truth, preventing them from turning to and believing God. Humans are fickle and easily tricked. We don’t rely on instinct, but on feelings and emotions, which will hardly ever lead us to the light of truth. 

1 Peter 3:15

But in your hearts regard Christ the Lord as holy, ready at any time to give a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the how that is in you. 

The first four words of this verse are key to solid belief. Our hearts are easily led astray by feelings. But honoring Christ as Lord in our hearts, as our default, will protect us from wavering or faltering. 

1 Corinthians 2:12

Now we have not received the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who comes from God, so that we may understand what has been freely given to us by God. 

The Holy Spirit helps us to understand truth. He is part of the Trinity, the force that fills us, draws our hearts to conviction, and leads us on the right paths.

Conclusion 

Having a Biblical worldview is a safeguard, a strong place to live from because we know and trust God with everything that happens, from the smallest irritation to the largest disaster. 

Our actions and attitudes don’t have to change like the wind, but are timeless, not needing to be reevaluated or updated with whatever the popular narrative is at the time, but following God’s narrative for all time.

Learning from examples of unity throughout the Bible can help us be unified as we are faced with a growing list of problems and controversies in our local churches.

A Biblical worldview both begins and ends with God. When we go out into the world, equipped with God’s word, we can stand up to whatever we are confronted with. Then we bring our thoughts, questions, and problems back to Him and find the answers we need in the Bible. 

When you start operating out of a Biblical worldview, you may find some people are offended, or even try to offend you, to prove a point or just to be mean. In order to remain effective for the Kingdom of God, believers need to be learn Biblical ways of overcoming a spirit of offense.

You can have true peace no matter what is going on around you because God knows exactly what is happening, why, and where it is leading. You need not be uncertain about the future when you have entrusted your future to Him.

“You see, Christy, evil is real — and powerful. It has to be fought, not explained away, not fled. And God is against evil all the way. So each of us has to decide where we stand, how we’re going to live our lives. We can try to persuade ourselves that evil doesn’t exist; live for ourselves and wink at evil. We can say that it isn’t so bad after all, maybe even try to call it fun by clothing it in silks and velvets. We can compromise with it, keep quiet about it and say it’s none of our business. Or we can work on God’s side, listen for His orders on strategy against evil, no matter how horrible it is, and know that He can transform it.”

Catherine Marshall from “Christy”
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  1. Thank you for sharing this insightful post, Kim, on the importance of having a Biblical worldview. Our worldview shapes indeed our beliefs and perspectives, and it’s crucial to ensure that our views align with the truth of God’s Word. Your post provides clear definitions and examples of what a worldview is and how it influences our thinking and decision-making. Thank you for sharing these important Scriptures that remind me to be careful of false teachings and to always seek the truth.