I am originally from Boston, MA and was raised in the Roman Catholic Church, as are most people from that area. I have completed all three of the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist), one of the Sacraments of Healing (Penance) and most recently, one of the Sacraments of Communion (Marriage). I also served as an altar server and sang in the youth choir. I was very active in my church and did as much as a child\kid could do. As I have grown older, I find more comfort in the Catholic Church; something about it just feels like home. Reciting the preface during Mass, while brief, is just comfortable. It is very hard to describe. As a boy, those stories in the stained glass windows amazed me. The intricate art work and beauty of those panes of glass is like nothing I had ever seen before. Since moving to Northeast Tennessee, I have been less involved with church due to the limited number of the Catholic Churches in this area, but still identify closely with Roman Catholicism. I open with these items because they greatly impact my Christian Worldview.
When we talk about a Christian Worldview, we are taking about the way we think and act based on our religious beliefs. Those beliefs can come from influences such as family, friends, church, the bible itself, etc. What you believe and how you believe it becomes your Christian worldview, which goes hand in hand with your personal worldview. Often, the two of these will influence each other.
Also, as we look to the bible to start or reinforce our Christian Worldview, we must remember that the Bible is meant to be read and should be read in context and read and studied as a story. As with just about every story, it has metaphors that were applicable to the time in which it was written. The uniqueness of that story is that it hasn’t ended. We are all a part of it and have a place in it every single day.
Many believe that religion can provide a worldview that is “certain.” In today’s day and age, our world is ever fluctuating and we ourselves are changing. The situations we face will always be unique and some of the most important of those are beyond our understanding. Previous experience, research and the wisdom of others can help us think about these situations and questions but they can’t provide absolute certainty. Neither can our religious belief. I don’t see how we can know that our beliefs are not the result of the time we live in, our culture, education or even our own tendencies to lean a certain way. We live in a universe that inspires awe and presents a great mystery that we cannot control and will not always understand. True religion, to me, is the acknowledgement of that mystery and its contemplation.
As we think about a Christian Worldview, one thing we will all almost inevitably have to address are mysteries - the things in life that are completely unexplainable. Even some of the answers that science has tried to give us are only plausible and not able to be actually...