A comparison between the naturalistic worldview and the Christian worldview.
The Christian worldview subscribes to the belief in an all-powerful all-knowing omnipotent God, who created sentient beings with the intention of loving them and living in fellowship with them forever. Unfortunately, Adam and Eve – the first people, fell into sin and it separated man’s fellowship with God.
When Jesus Christ was introduced to the world, God revealed through him man’s lost relationship with his creator would be restored which is evidenced by many parts of scripture including:
“And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” _Acts 4:12
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” _John 14:6
The meaning of life is found through Jesus, and our choice to accept or deny him. If we choose God and accept his son into our hearts, we want to live in the Kingdom of Heaven forever. If we do not choose God, we remain separated from him for eternity by our own choice.
The meaning of life is not only found through the act of accepting Christ, it also reveals itself through following Jesus as a disciple and fully submitting to his word. Although salvation is achieved by grace alone – we are promised great fulfillment for doing the works God expects of us which essentially boil down to standing up against wickedness and defending what is good.
“I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” _John 10:10b
As evidenced by scripture, the creation of our universe had distinct purposes. .
It is clear that the Christian worldview is able to accurately (and logically) explain why God created the universe, the purpose for life and our behavioral patterns. In addition, the Christian Bible surprisingly addresses many physical features of the planet and its characteristics thousands of years before they could have been experimentally tested which obviously points to a divine author.
In the naturalistic worldview, the universe was created as a result of a random explosion in space. The solar system happened to be created via a giant molecular cloud, the Earth happened to be positioned at the perfect proximity from the Sun, on the perfect tilt on its axis, with the perfect ingredients for life. Humans randomly evolved from fish out of water. We have no purpose other than to enjoy worldly pleasures (which often leave us feeling empty), we live then die and what happens in between isn’t of much significance to anyone but ourselves.
Why do we fall in love? Why are we altruistic beings? Where do we get our morality from? The naturalistic worldview does an inadequate job of explaining these things.
There are many amazing biological and planetary facts which have been revealed to us over time through the naturalistic worldview, there are certainly things we can learn from it. However, the Christian worldview is able to explain more about who, what and why everything happened the way it did and it is based on more than just pure coincidence.
Although I have faith in God the father, the Holy Spirit and His son Jesus Christ – I believe the existence of the metaphysical can be deduced using simple logical steps as well. Logical steps that will guide you down a path to living out the life God intended for you, a path to truly understanding the root of the constant battle between good and evil and a path to eternal salvation by grace through faith alone.