Do you have a Biblical Worldview? When I was in college I was shocked at how many of my peers didn’t think that scripture was the foundation for truth. I thought I had a biblical worldview. I would try to view the world through the lens of scripture. But it was amazing to me how many people would try to make big decisions, think of ideas, and draw conclusions on matters without looking to what the bible has to say.
A 2009 survey by the Barna Group said that just 19% of born again Christians have a biblical worldview. Barna says,
“Although most people own a Bible and know some of its content, our research found that most American have little idea how to integrate core biblical principles to form a unified and meaningful response to the challenges and opportunities of life.”
That is a fascinating statement. Almost all Christians own a Bible, have attended church, and may know some of the core biblical principles. But only 19% of these christians could actually create a unified response to what they face in the world. Consider some of these questions asked by the survey:
- Do absolute moral truths exist?
- Is absolute truth defined by the Bible?
- Did Jesus Christ live a sinless life?
- Is God the all-powerful and all-knowing Creator of the universe, and does He still rule it today?
- Is salvation a gift from God that cannot be earned?
- Is Satan real?
- Does a Christian have a responsibility to share his or her faith in Christ with other people?
- Is the Bible accurate in all of its teachings?
Only 19% of the respondents answered yes to all these questions. This statistic has remained unchanged for 15 years. I suspect the reason that this statistic remains unchanged is because when adults 15 years ago didn’t have a biblical worldview, they don’t teach their children a Biblical worldview.
But there is another interesting part about this survey. “An overwhelming majority of self-identified Christians (81%) contend that spiritual maturity is achieved by following the rules in the Bible.”
Now, the language of this sentence isn’t what I would use (rules of the Bible), but its interesting. Only 19% have a biblical worldview; however, 81% believe the bible is essential for spiritual maturity. Where is the disconnect?
I believe its in the teaching. Pastors, teachers, and youth directors are so consumed with being “relevant” and “authentic” that they forget what they are there to do.
Paul says it well:
“How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard?c And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”16But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?” 17So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” – Romans 10:14
Teach the Bible. Teach the Gospel. “Faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ”. This is the foundation of a Biblical Worldview. This is how we begin to reverse this statistic.
- If you could add one question to the Barna Group survey, what would it be?
- What do you think is the cause of only 19% of Christians having a biblical worldview?