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By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. – Hebrews 11:3
The composite set of presuppositions, beliefs, and values a person possesses that shape how he or she see reality and determines how he or she will act. It refers to the collective set of fundamental convictions people hold and on which they base their actions. A set of assumptions and perspectives that are true, partly true or completely false, which we hold consistently or inconsistently, consciously or unconsciously, through which we make sense of our lives and our world. This is the case for individuals and collectively for a society or culture, as well.
There, that makes perfect sense doesn’t it? The truth be told, while we all have a worldview it is difficult to discuss at times because so many people have such variations in their worldview that it is hard to know what a person really believes about the fundamental things of life.
What are the basics? What are the foundational elements that make up our worldview? What effect does our worldview have on how we think about life, the Bible, family, society, the church, etc.? Everything we believe in fact is influenced by our worldview.
Our worldview is simply a grid through which we view all of life. It is the way we perceive the world around us. It influences our beliefs about basic everyday things. We really do believe (faith) and act (behavior) based on how we perceive reality.
Here are links to our study on Worldviews based on Hebrews 11:3.
Faith and Your Worldview
Intro: Faith and Your Worldview
Defining Worldviews: Deism
Defining Worldviews: Naturalism
Defining Worldviews: Nihilism
Defining Worldviews: Existentialism
Defining Worldviews: Eastern Pantheistic Monism
Defining Worldviews: Post Modernism
Defining Worldviews: Theism
Conclusion: Taking God at His Word
You may also listen to sermons preached from Hebrews 11 that cover each of these worldviews in light of a Scriptural understanding and response to them. In our series “Do You Believe?”, messages 4 through 7 cover worldviews.