By Beth Groh
Time to confess, all you moms and dads.
Do you ever catch yourselves answering that pesky “why” question with the response you probably vowed as a child never to utter when you were a parent… “…because I said so!”
I’ve said it. You’ve probably said it.
Sometimes it just was the simplest way to shut off the conversation.
Other times, it was spewed out of sheer frustration.
But is it really such a bad answer?
Let a parenting pro offer that opinion, in terms of disciplining styles and effectiveness.
But from your “worldview advisor” standpoint, I think that simple response cuts to the heart of a lot of issues we tackle on this blog.
“…because I said so!” That’s the ultimate authority phrase, don’t you think?
As a parent, you just drew a firm line with those words.
I’m the parent. I’m the authority.
My word matters.
As we go through life, we encounter all kinds of situations and challenges where we have to assess who, or what, have the ultimate authority—and that’s an analytical process that is profoundly shaped by our worldview.
Let’s consider moral issues…How do we determine what’s right or wrong?
Is it based on what we feel? What seems right? What our friends say? What our culture says?
If that seems reasonable to you, then you’re operating in a humanist worldview. The authority (or “god”) for weighing right and wrong is man: his intellect, his reason, his culture.
If, however, you reach for your Bible in weighing right and wrong, then you’re operating in a biblical worldview. God’s Word defines right and wrong.
In both worldviews, there’s still an element of AUTHORITY—in one it’s man and in the other it’s God.
Now let’s consider eternity…How do we know what happens after we die?
Does it seem reasonable to think that there must be something that comes later after death? What do books and movies say? After all, aren’t there stories from people who were revived after being considered clinically dead? Don’t you think hell sounds a little too harsh since people talk about a loving God? If there is a heaven, wouldn’t I surely go there since I try to do good?
If you apply reason or personal beliefs to your views of life-after-death, then you’re weighing this profound issue in a humanist worldview. Your thoughts, your beliefs, your observations—those are the ultimate authority on this issue.
On the flip side, think of how profoundly different such eternal questions are in a biblical worldview. Is there life after death? Yes. Is there a literal heaven and hell? Yes. How do I know? “…because He said so!”
God’s Word is the authority in a biblical worldview—man’s beliefs and knowledge reign supreme in a humanist worldview.
Perhaps the ultimate litmus test is assessing someone’s worldview—exploring that person’s view of how man and the universe were formed. If that view is fully grounded in a molecules-to-man evolutionary process, then what’s the authoritative “proof?” Man’s word. If all life and matter was created by God, then what’s the authoritative “proof?” God’s Word.
We could go on and on down a list of core issues in life…but do you see a pattern?
Our worldview is often defined by who—or what—is given authority to govern our lives and our decisions.
Why is that good to know?
Well, it helps us be honest brokers in assessing our own views and outlooks…and what we are conveying to our children.
It’s also a powerful assessment tool you can use to better understand those around you. If you know someone’s worldview, you can be a more effective witness to God’s saving grace through His Son. After all, you can offer the sweet assurance that Salvation can be theirs through Christ, “…because He said so!”