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A BIBLICAL WORLDVIEW (Another worthwhile read by Cliff Kelly) "When I first joined the Regent University faculty in 1983,... I frankly cared little about something called a Biblical worldview. Not even sure that phrase existed back then. In any case, I thought that my new and glowing Christian faith would do just fine wrapped tightly inside my increasingly uncomfortable pagan perspectives. Wait, what? You mean a ‘Christian’ doesn’t automatically obtain a Christian view of the world upon being born again? Well, that has not been my experience, beloved. A truly Christian and vibrant Biblical outlook takes not only conversion, but also commitment, commitment to doing the hard work of renewing one’s mind in, as it were, the very Mind of God. And that starts with one thing: Reading the Words of the Master. The Bible is clear on this crucial matter, both in the Old and New Testaments. “The unfolding of Thy words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple … [Therefore] do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect” (Ps.119:130; Rom. 12:2). So it was that I ventured into the wondrous thoughts of God by reading, from Genesis to Revelation,...but still had a relatively relativist worldview. Why? Because I had not yet taken the important next step of applying His Word to the world in which I lived. Journalist and political leader Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920) once said it best this way: “There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, ‘Mine!’” Roughly translated, there is not a single subject under the sun or beyond the sun about which God has not spoken plainly. Not even one... Oh, the undoing of it all! Truly glorious, but painful as well, as the Holy Spirit dismantled, brick by philosophical brick, the entire edifice of my non-Scriptural presuppositions, to replace each one with sounder theological footings. And that process is still going on today, as I continue the dual tasks of unlearning unbiblical ideas, in powerful favor of Scriptural ones. And even though I shall in this life continue to see in a human mirror somewhat dimly, I also look forward each day to seeing those shafts of God’s light piercing my intellectual darkness, until The Perfect comes, when we shall all, finally and furiously, see fully indeed (1 Cor. 13:12)." Selah. So ponder these things deep in your heart and mind and spirit today, and ask God to...steer you on a course closer and closer to that brilliant Mind of the Master concerning all things under the sun and beyond the sun,...shared with all who would have ears to hear and eyes to see The Truth, in all its power and wonder and splendor. For the love of both God and Man, for the freedom of captives everywhere, and for the glory of the One who sent you to them in the first place. Now and forever. " Amen. d
Posted on: Sat, 08 Jun 2013 19:34:39 +0000

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