I cannot tell you how often I have talked to an unbeliever and they readily admitted that they were an unbeliever and yet they were open to discussing the Bible. I have just as often approached believers with biblical literature or conversation and they wanted no part of the literature or the conversation.
I have given this a great deal of thought and had numerous discussions about this with believers that I know. I have come to understand an important point; believers have an understanding of their Bible and views of life that they do not want disturbed.
Here is a quote from Worldview Training by Daniel Smithwick;
“As Christians, we must be willing to let our worldviews be exposed to the light of the gospel. Jesus said, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” (John 8:32)
We should have no fear in discovering that we may have adopted views of life inconsistent with Christian philosophy. Upon becoming a Christian, we loved the Lord with all our heart, but the Bible tells us that as we grow, we should expect to love the Lord with our entire mind as well. Our minds must be transformed to a new way of thinking”.
Romans 12.2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Andrew Hoffecker, professor of religion at Grove City College writes,
“Because a person’s worldview holds so much influence over him, examining it can prove difficult. Evaluating our worldview entails discovering the underlying roots of what we say, think, and do. We can consciously change our basic values only after we understand what they are.”
This is a challenge that is so unsettling, that most Christians change churches, friends and the things that they read and watch in order to synchronize their belief system…not suddenly we just drift in a direction and then dock.
Published on Saturday, July 31, 2010 @ 5:19 AM CDT