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24th February 2013
The world has many claims to truth, and we spend much more time under its influence, bombarded by versions of 'truth' from the media, politicians, entertainment, history, science and many other influences, than we do at church meetings or reading the Bible!
But the world is under the influence of Satan (see John 12:31) and it distracts and detracts from God's truth by promising to meet our deepest needs – the security, acceptance and significance that we were created to enjoy.
One of the ways in which the world deceives us is by painting a faulty picture of reality. We all have a worldview – a framework of beliefs and ideas through which we interpret the world and interact with it – and this worldview will filter our outlook on all sorts of things, from history and politics, to family and ethics.
It's important to be aware of how influenced we are by certain worldviews. For example, we can easily fall into the modernist "I'll believe it when I see it" view, or even the postmodern view that "what's true for me isn't necessarily what's true for you". But logically, as Os Guinness puts it: "Truth is true even if nobody believes it and falsehood is false even if everybody believes it. That is why truth does not yield to opinion, fashion, numbers, office or sincerity – it is simply true and that is the end of it."
The Bible claims to be the revelation of God, the Creator of everything, to the people He created. Jesus said, "Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away" (Matthew 24:35). Not only does He claim to tell the truth, but also to be the truth (John 14:6) – not just one version of the truth, but the total truth.
We need to understand that we've been brought up with a certain worldview that shapes how we view the world around us and impacts upon our faith in Christ. There's a danger that, when we become Christians, we carry on with our previous worldview and just add on a few Christian bits to the way we think! But Romans 12 says "be transformed by the renewing of your mind".
Why are you a Christian? Is it because you feel that it might be true for you? Or is it because you know that it's the truth for all people everywhere? Let's spend some time over the next few weeks praying through Ephesians 1:17-18, that we might have God's revelation and know Him better!
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Posted by Paul Mann