Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Through the Lens Of God's Word [Update]

Received the March issue of Coral Ridge Ministries' "Impact" newsletter in the mail yesterday. These newsletters are brief but often very informative.

This morning, there was a spam post in my comment box. It was an invitation to link my blog with someone who posts about astrology. I politely declined the invitation, but welcomed the spammer to continue reading here at this blog. It is my hope that she, perhaps, will be inclined to read the Bible and learn about Jesus Christ.

On the back of the Impact newsletter, there was a commentary that was adapted from Dr. James Kennedy's (who is now deceased) message entitled: "The Christian World and Life View." I would like to share that message with readers today.

In the center of the essay, there is a box that reads:

"A biblical worldview is one in which all of life is viewed through the lens of God's Word."

What a great quote! And you will most likely notice my title for this post came from that quote.

As you read Dr. Kennedy's message, I would like to challenge you to think about all of the turmoil that is now going on here in the United States as well as all around the world. Also, for those who have been following the Glenn Beck** program and conservative talk radio, see if you don't see a distinct repetition of a pattern emerging from what Dr. Kennedy mentions in history. Has communism suddenly become "cool" to our young people who have been brainwashed by liberal/progressive/socialist/communist "red diaper doper babies" of the sixties who became today's majority of professors in thousands of liberal colleges and universities around our nation? Can you recognize how being "divorced from God" has created a moral vacuum in the hearts and minds of many people today?

I can't even imagine living apart from God in today's world of chaos. The Bible has warned us of what is to come "at the end of the age" and we are witnessing an enormous amount of Bible prophecy coming to fruition over the past 60 years. Israel rising again as a nation was prophesied in the Bible hundreds of years before it happened. Almost all of the 300 or so prophecies which were given by the Old Testament saints in reference to the coming Messiah were fulfilled by Jesus Christ. The remainder of those prophecies will be fulfilled at His Second Coming.

The Bible tells us:

Mat 28:17 When they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted.

Jesus informed us:

Mat 28:18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.

Mat 28:19 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

Mat 28:20 "teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen.

What could be better than knowing that Jesus Christ, is "with you [us, me] always, even to the end of the age?"

In contrast, the non-believer, who lives apart from God often experiences what Dr. Kennedy describes here:

" finds himself in a state of morbid decay and despair. He becomes nihilistic as he becomes aware of the logical consequences of his view. He concludes that life is not worth living. There is a deep void in the pit of his soul."

But let's start at the beginning of Dr. Kennedy's essay:

The Christian World and Life View
Commentary from Dr. Kennedy

Weltanschauung--that is probably not a phrase one would be intimately familiar with, and yet everyone has a "Weltanschauung." It's a German term which means world and life view. Simply put, a world and life view, or worldview, is a set of assumptions or presuppositions that determine the way we look at the world and our place in it. It determines how we view reality and everything that comes down our path.

A biblical worldview is one in which all of life is viewed through the lens of God's Word. There are many worldviews arrayed against this Christian view.

Naturalism, for instance, is the idea that nature is all there is--that there is nothing in the universe but matter (materialism). This worldview was promoted by Carl Sagan, an evolutionist and naturalist. On his famous ten-part educational TV series entitled Cosmos, Sagan made this clear statement: "The cosmos is all there ever was, or is, or is to be." That worldview is purely naturalistic, materialistic, and atheistic.

Chuck Colson in his book, How Now Shall We live? says that many of the battles in our culture stem from a conflict between worldviews. He says, "The culture war is not just about abortion, homosexual rights, or the decline of public education. These are only skirmishes. The real war is a cosmic struggle between worldviews -- between the Christian worldview and the various secular and spiritual worldviews arrayed against it."

One worldview that rages against the Christian view, and which has arisen since the French Enlightenment of the 1780's, is rationalism*--the idea that reason is the only source of knowledge and understanding. It rules out entirely any faith in God or His Word.

Additionally, Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species, published in 1859, provided a comprehensive worldview in evolution that made atheism palatable for the first time. Darwin's evolutionary view has been promulgated in Western society in the last 150 years like few things have.

This Darwinian worldview helped set off World Wars I and II; gave rise to communism, which, according to The Black Book of Communism, put to death some 100 million people, and fueled Nazism and Fascism.

While the atheistic worldview says "down with God," humanism says, "up with man"--but the end is the same: man is elevated in place of God, and God is abased.

That counters what Christians have always believed--that God is the measure of all things; that God tells us what is good and bad, right and wrong. He directs the very course of our life. In humanism, man is divorced from God. And that has led to catastrophic consequences.

Because he lives apart from God, man finds himself in a state of morbid decay and despair. He becomes nihilistic as he becomes aware of the logical consequences of his view. He concludes that life is not worth living. There is a deep void in the pit of his soul.

How far removed that is from the Christian world and life view, which says God has made us in His image; that He has placed eternity in our hearts and has given His own Son to redeem us from our sin. We have a glorious calling "to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever," and to be co-workers of Christ in the redemption of the world. Life is filled with meaning and purpose. This Christian worldview is glorious beyond understanding. I pray it is yours.

- Adapted from Dr, Kennedy's message: "The Christian World and Life View."
Hat tip:

Coral Ridge Ministries

* Some thoughts to consider about "rationalism." Logical reasoning is not an absolute law which governs the universe. Logic is not a set of rules which govern behavior. When one's view only explains how to use logic, you must decide whether logic is the right tool for the job. There are other ways to communicate, discuss, and debate.

** Some of my Christian friends have expressed some concern about my interest in Glenn Beck's TV program. There is no need for this concern. I am well aware that Glenn is a Mormon (and as Brannon Howse in this video link states), could also be guilty of EMBRACING NEW AGE THEOLOGY and possibly be deemed as A UNIVERSALIST.

I see Glenn as a news analyst who has an uncanny ability to discover and share what is going on in our current political world. I DO NOT EMBRACE HIS RELIGIOUS BELIEFS.

But at the same time, Beck has given a voice (on several episodes of
his show) to some genuine biblical Christian leaders, pastors, and authors (for
example, promoted Dr. David Jeremiah's book "The Coming Economic Armaggeddon").
At least that is one good thing that is happening as a result of his large TV

However, the fact that he also embraces Ghandi and universalistic
ideas shows that he himself is probably not a biblical, born again Christian.

We can continue to pray for genuine salvation through Jesus Christ for Glenn. We can also appreciate what he contributes to our nation through sounding the alarm bells about Obama's dangerous socialist agenda and why we cannot let such terrible policies stand or continue past 2012.

I am grateful to Brannon Howse and his indepth analysis and warnings about Glenn's religious beliefs in the video he created at the above link.


Susan Smith said...

Dear Christine,
You are amazing! The guest speaker just yesterday, at Columbia International University, my school, was Tullian Tchividjian, Pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church in Florida. (He is a grandson of Billy Graham.)

His presentation was with no doubt in my mind comparable to “manna” from heaven. He is 38 years old and appears to be on fire for the one God of heaven and earth.

You too are purely and simply beautiful when you view the world through the “Lens of God’s Word.” Jesus is alive. He delivered me from more than 20 years of homosexual behavior and more than 30 years of drunkenness.

Some clinical counselors call the abomination of sin in our lives something to live with; however, the Living Word of God does not agree with the world.

It is a privilege to call you my sister. It is a privilege to say with simplicity and purity of heart… I love you! (ss)

Christinewjc said...

Hi Susan!

How wonderful it is that God works to connect us through various Christian ministries! The Holy Spirit stirs our hearts, minds, and souls in surprising ways!

Your deliverance from the two behaviors that plagued you all those years is quite a testimony for those who may still be trapped in them. Many do not even realize (unfortunately) that Christ can set us free from ANYTHING that would deem to tear us down or keep us apart from God. All we need to do is acknowledge our sin, confess and repent, and be saved through accepting Christ as Savior. Our sins are washed away through the shed blood of Jesus on the cross.

How sad that some clinical counselors would think that "sin in our lives is something to live with." Jesus tells us something very different! We can be RELEASED from sin's hold, consequences, and power in our lives. Our Hero - Jesus - does this for us at the moment of salvation on forward over all the years of our lives! He continues to work within our hearts, souls, and minds through the ministry of the Holy Spirit and God's Word.

Thank you for your kind words about this post and this blog. We know that all the glory belongs to Christ. He has changed my heart and has enabled me to share the gospel via this tool called the Internet. I am always so blessed when someone comes along - like you - and shares additional inspiration from God's Word!

Thank you for "adopting" me as your sister in Christ. Keep up your ministry with your news letters so that people can see how God has transformed your life in such a grand way that He has enabled you to reach and teach so many others! God bless you today and always!


Susan Smith said...

Thank you for your kind words, Christine. My overt homosexual behavior (i.e. sexual behavior) stopped in 1985. Then by the grace of God I was released from the identity of a lesbian in 1988.

My healing from the scars of my sins continues today as God uses beautiful women like you to minister to me on a regular basis. Words are powerful.

It is comforting to me to know by the written Word of God that Jesus had scars even after he was raised from the dead. I do too. Loving you and all of God’s people along the Way brings joy to my heart.

By the way, I have plans to travel back to Jerusalem on a three-week study tour (led by a professor at my school) this summer in conjunction with the faculty of Jerusalem University College. It will be my first trip back to Israel since living there for five years (2002-2007). (ss)

GMpilot said...

CJW (in reply to Lisa John, 08 Mar 2011):

”I need to inform you that I will not place your blog on my blog list because as a believer in Jesus Christ, I do not engage in pagan activities like astrology.”

But you did as recently as 2004! I saw it myself! A few years ago on this very blog you mentioned your birth sign in your bio, rather than your birth day. Why would you do that, hypocrite?

When God abandoned King Saul without telling him, the ruler consulted the Witch of Endor, and had her raise Samuel's ghost in order to learn his own fate (I Sam 28:4~25). Maybe that's what Nancy Reagan was trying to do when word got out that she followed astrology. I've known all along that astrology was bunk. But I'm in the minority; newspapers in even the most civilized nations—even “Christian” nations-- have a daily astrology column. Very few have even a weekly science column.

As always, DJ Kennedy got it wrong. He blamed evolution for the rise of Communism, even though The Communist Manifesto predates Darwin's book by a decade. Nor could he demonstrate that one resulted from the other. The young people of today didn't grow up under the threat of the Big Red Machine, so they have no reason to fear it; but that's a long way from accepting it, or thinking it's “cool”. A lot of them think well of the Confederacy too, but don't really like that whole 'slavery' thing.

”I can't even imagine living apart from God in today's world of chaos.”
Christians are always telling me that God is in control...and yet the world is in chaos. Tell me, what would the world look like if God wasn't in control? Would it look any different from what it does now?

Christinewjc said...

When I was new to blogging, the astrological sign appeared automatically and it took me a while to figure out how to delete it.

You keep forgetting what Jesus has told us in God's Word - "my kingdom is not of this world."

There is the answer to your question.

GMpilot said...

Ah, I see.
God is in control...just not here.

Since we are in this world (and Jesus is not), what has he to do with us? He admits that this world is not his kingdom.