Worldview is extremely important. Your worldview determines how you will interpret events and circumstances in the world around you. Your worldview governs how you think, act, and respond. Your worldview is part and parcel of who you are.
So it should come as no surprise when someone who has a Christian worldview and someone who has an atheistic worldview butt heads. Christianity and atheism are completely opposing worldviews and cannot be reconciled with one another; one is right, and the other is atheism. One has God, and the other claims not to. The atheist worldview has several problems that only the Christian worldview can solve, such as the origins of the universe; the existence of absolute truth, logic, and reason; and the manifold evidence for a Designer in nature. The atheist worldview often assumes certain things to be true without giving any thought to whether their worldview can give sufficient explanations for why those assumptions can be made.
One area that I’ve been having difficulty with lately is the idea of evolutionary biology and an old earth model, and if and how that model can be reconciled with what the Bible has to say. Perhaps they can’t. I’m not sure. But my world has been rocked a bit by what I’ve been learning lately that it’s becoming hard to ignore the massive ramifications of the interpretation of some of these biblical texts.
Modern scientists aren’t stupid. Many of them are godless, yes, and many of them will choose to refuse to see evidence for a Creator because of their worldview. But what of those Christian scientists who think that evolutionary biology and the biblical account can indeed be reconciled to one another? Certainly their presuppositions are not governing their rejection of a literal, 6-day creation and a worldwide flood. The burning question in the back of my mind has been, what if it was not God’s intention for Genesis 1-11 to accurately represent actual events? Even if that is the case, none of the theology is lost. Man is still fallen, God is still sovereign.
I don’t claim to be able to read the mind of God. In fact, anyone who does ought to be labeled a heretic. God and his knowledge and wisdom are infinitely above our own finite understanding. I am not a scientist, but many people who are tell me different stories; I just want to know the truth.
We’ll see where I land. I’ve got several issues that I have to think through. Maybe I just won’t stand firm on certain issues. Science isn’t my area, and therefore, I’ll leave it to scientists to explain God’s creation as best as they can. But like I said, we’ll see.