By J. Luis Dizon

“I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” – C.S. Lewis

Jesus called Himself “the Truth” (John 14:6). Paul said that in Christ “are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:3).[1] It can be surmised from this that it’s only through the lens of belief in Christ that we are able to accurately understand everything as it really is. This is the reason why it’s important to always consider what the Christian worldview has to say on any given issue. In addition, this is the reason why it is important to consider what worldview non-Christians are coming from, and why they fail to explain the nature of reality or to be practical in their application to reality.

Remember that everyone has their own worldview, but the vast majority of people are unaware of it, or would not even know what a worldview is. It is basically the sum total of everything one believes regarding the universe, life, knowledge and how everything holds together. One’s worldview determines how one answers the big questions of life:

  • “Where did we come from?”
  • “Can we know the nature of reality?”
  • “Does life have purpose?”
  • “Why are things the way they are?”
  • “How do we know right from wrong?”
  • “Where do we go after this life ends?”

Why is it important for you to think about your worldview? Because that will tell you what your answers are to these big picture questions. It also determines how you live your life, how you relate to others and whether you believe that your life (and the lives of those around you) even matter. You will encounter many people who hold to all kinds of views on these matters. However, most people have either not really thought their views through, or have uncritically accepted it on bad logic, or a faulty interpretation of the facts. It is important to consider your own views and make sure that they are internally consistent, logically coherent, and practically applicable.

From a Christian perspective, we are to expose the flaws in these worldviews that are preventing non-Christians from coming to faith in Christ (something that scripture refers to as “destroying strongholds,” cf. 1 Corinthians 10:5). Francis Schaeffer in The God Who is There likens these false views to a roof that the unbeliever uses to shield himself from the nature of reality.[2] He argues that the more consistent the unbeliever is with his worldview, the less able he is to account for the way the universe is in terms of ethics, epistemology, etc. And that by asking the right questions and bringing their views to their logical conclusions, we are “taking the roof off,” so to speak, showing how intellectually and spiritually bankrupt the unbeliever’s worldview is, clearing the way for the proclamation of the Christian faith as the only viable alternative.

This article concludes the series of articles introducing Apologetics. The next series of articles will be on the various worldviews and how to answer them from a Christian perspective, as well as how the Christian worldview is superior to them. So stay tuned for that.

[1] Unless otherwise stated, all biblical quotations are from the English Standard Version.

[2] Schaeffer, Francis A. The Francis A. Schaeffer Trilogy: Three Essential Books in One Volume. Wheaton: Crossway Books, 1990. Dr. Schaeffer was a much more articulate exponent of the presuppositional aspect of apologetics than I will ever be, which is why I highly recommend obtaining his books (beginning with the one just cited) as well as his lectures, most of which are available on YouTube.


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