Engaging the Christian Worldview 1 Only One God
“Engaging the Christian Worldview” is a series of lessons designed to address two major aspects of the Christian life. (1) The process of engaging; that is, being involved in, employing, using, making a conscious effort to apply to one’s life. (2) Understanding the way that we as Christians are supposed to relate to the world. It is, obviously, the way we “view” the world, the world being not just the physical earth, but the people living in it, both Christians, and those who are not.
Many Christians do not function within or try to function within, the parameters of a Christian Worldview, in large part because they do not clearly understand what precisely a Christian Worldview entails. We are physical beings, designed with the senses of sight, sound, smell, touch, and taste so that we might relate to the physical world around us, and the world around us is constantly impinging on our senses. And, while it is important that we relate to the physical world around us, we also need to look at the way the people of the world operate relative to the way Christians are designed to operate.
Yes, we have to work, and often with people of the world. Yes, we have to buy things, usually from people of the world. Yes, we all have friends that are not Christians. But that does not mean that we have to have the same worldview that they have. Many times, Christians have a worldview that leans strongly toward the general worldview of the secular community. Sometimes it’s because Christians don’t want to be seen as “different.” Sometimes it is because the followers of Christ’s often trail so far behind Him that they can’t hear Him or pay attention to what He is doing. Often it is because we don’t really have a firm grasp on the worldview that Jesus has prepared for us. The purpose of this series of lessons is to get everyone on the right page, so to speak, operating as fully possible in the worldview that Jesus died for.
There are truths that the Bible clearly outlines for us, which allow us to develop the correct way to relate to the world around us. Of course, as soon as the word “truth” is mentioned, the people of the world haul out the last part of John 8:32, “You’ll know the Truth and the truth will set you free,” without the slightest understanding of the Truth. And, oftentimes, Christians will do the same–without the slightest understanding of the context in which these words were spoken by our Lord and Savior (read John 8:31-32).
Jesus gave us the clearest instruction on how to develop the Christian Worldview. When asked what people should be doing to do the works of God, He replied, This is the work (service) that God asks of you: that you believe in the One Whom He has sent [that you cleave to, trust, rely on, and have faith in His Messenger] (John 6:29). That’s the way we build our Christian Worldview. We get intimately involved with Jesus. Over and over, we read about Him, what He said, and what he taught us through the writing of others like Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, John, Peter, James, and the writer of Hebrews. We look to the Old Testament to see the types there, and the prophecies about Jesus. We dig, we analyze, we apply logic, we pray, and on and on. We never stop developing a relationship with God.
And there you have Step One. We must acknowledge that there is but one true Living God. There are not many—as in Greek mythology, or Hinduism–there is only One, the great I AM. And God said to Moses, I AM WHO I AM and WHAT I AM, and I WILL BE WHAT I WILL BE; and He said, You shall say this to the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you! (Ex. 3:14).
Any other deity is a false god, created by the mind of humans as a way to control other humans. We need to cast aside all other things that would occupy first place in our lives and completely devote ourselves to developing a relationship with the One and Only True Living God. Little children, keep yourselves from idols (false gods)—[from anything and everything that would occupy the place in your heart due to God, from any sort of substitute for Him that would take first place in your life]. Amen (so let it be) (1John 5:21).
God is a reality and He really wants us to know Him in His fullness. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out] (Heb. 11:6b). God’s heart toward us was clearly defined when He said, I desire and delight in dutiful steadfast love and goodness, not sacrifice, and the knowledge of and acquaintance with God more than burnt offerings (Hos. 6:6).
Our total Christian worldview springs from this basic understanding that there is only One God, and no others. We must clearly acknowledge that the gods of other religions are not God Almighty. God is not out to compete with other human-supposed deities. They are all fakes and cannot compete with the One and True God, Who is the Truth. No, people can set up all the gods they want, but they are only human manufactured figments of the imagination with absolutely no reality. If we truly acknowledge that God is God and all the others are nothing, then, like Joshua, we can shout to the masses, And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord (Josh. 24:15).
I know that there is a current trend to make the supreme being of all world religions the same. But, they are not. There is only One God, the Lord Almighty, and no others. Oh sure, we can call them gods, and bow down and worship them, but to what avail? There is only One True Living God, not a whole bunch of them, all with different ideas about our eternal existence. Only God offers us a true eternal, unbroken relationship with Him. To acknowledge that God is God, the One and Only True God, is to live to life. This is eternal life: [it means] to know (to perceive, recognize, become acquainted with, and understand) You, the only true and real God, and [likewise] to know Him, Jesus [as the] Christ (the Anointed One, the Messiah), Whom You have sent John 17:3).
If The One True God is no different than all the other dead gods, made of stone, clay, metal, or our imaginations, then we who are [abiding] in Christ hope only in this life and that is all, then we are of all people most miserable and to be pitied (1Cor. 15:19). But we know that is not true. Anyone who really knows God, knows that He is the only One Who can offer us eternal life with Him, and a constant, real, ongoing, day-by-day relationship with Him. He is the only One who can give us any real help, any real comfort, any real assurances, any grasp on the real Truth.
Then, there is a common PW (popular wisdom) that all the world religions just represent different pathways to the same god. No, again. If in fact they do, then all of them must describe Him in precisely the same way. And, of course, they do not. All of them must ultimately have the same methodology for attaining an eternal relationship with God, but again, they do not. Only Christianity is based on the redemptive work that Jesus performed on the cross. Only Christianity posits a God who accepts us by His own mercy, love, and grace, and not my anything that we have done to “earn” His acceptance. There is only One, Living God, Jehovah, the Almighty.
To worship other gods and put them ahead of God Almighty is to live to die. All the other gods of this world owe their ultimate origins and allegiances to the Evil One, and all he can offer is eternal death. Eternal death means eternal separation from God’s love and care. Not a good thing.
So, on the very top of our clean slate we put:
1. There is only one True God, Jehovah, The Lord God Almighty.
Now, we need a way to rivet this statement fast to our spirits and make it an integral part of the way we think. To do this, every day of the coming week, pray this prayer with meaningful intention and attention to what is being said. Agree 100 percent that Jehovah is the Only True, Living God.
“Precious Lord, I acknowledge that you are the One and Only Living God; there are no others that can offer me eternal life. Help me to always put You first in my life, and to develop a full and rich relationship with You. In Jesus’ Name, so be it.”