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1 Beacon Media Supporting Christian schooling worldwide What is Biblical Christian Worldview?

2 What is a worldview? A worldview is a framework by which we make sense of the world. Everyone has a worldview, derived from personal life experience, as well as choices and decisions made along the way. Christians have a Biblical worldview by which they make sense of the world according to God’s standards as set down in the Bible.

3 The big questions of life Who am I? Where did I come from? Where am I going? What is my purpose? Why is there suffering? How can things be made right? Does God exist? What is right and wrong?

4 What does the Bible say? God exists. He created us. The universe does have meaning. We have a purpose. The Bible defines right and wrong.

5 Life has value. Sexuality is confined to heterosexual marriage. Death and suffering is a result of man’s original sin. Salvation is offered through Jesus Christ.

6 10 Pillars for a Biblical worldview

7 1. The Bible as the measure of truth The Bible is without error and is an accurate historical record. Standards for right and wrong are definitive and explained to us in the Bible. The Bible sets the standard for morality. The Bible tells us that the God of the Bible is the only true God.

8 Implications for education: Discussions on moral issues are not a matter of opinion. God’s answers should be pointed out. An understanding of other faiths should be taught, with reasons as to why Christianity is the only faith by which we can come to know the true God.

9 2. Creation in six days God created the universe in six 24-hour days, (Genesis 1). Nothing exists apart from Him. God’s creation was perfect. Living things were created after their own kind. The age of the earth can be calculated through Biblical history as being around 6,000 years old.

10 Implications for education: Evolution and long-age theories should be counteracted. Ecology should be taught. Man has been given a responsibility to rule over creation, (Gen 1:26, Ps 8). Therefore we should show compassion and sensitivity towards animals. Therefore the whole of creation should be cared for, (plants and animals).

11 Christians should take a stand against greed and exploitation of the earth. We are to be God’s stewards.

12 3. Man in the image of God Man is made in the image of God. Human life therefore has intrinsic worth. God loves all human beings equally.

13 Every human being is special to God. We were created to have relationship with God. God created male and female. God created both sexes as equal but different. The two sexes have need for one another.

14 Implications for education Christians should accept God’s standard for marriage. Marriage is between man and woman and sexual relations are within the confines of marriage. Christians should have a mission to save lives, including the unborn. Christians should acknowledge that racism is based on human egotism and selfishness, and against God’s commandment to love one’s neighbour as one’s self.

15 Christians should love and accept people from all cultures, language groups and social status, but not accept other religions / other gods. Christians should have a concern for the poor and those who suffer. Christians should stand against slavery and maltreatment of individuals.

16 4. Man’s fall into sin The Fall of man brought sin and suffering into the world. Man is not intrinsically good but has the ability to choose right and wrong. Man was created to have a relationship with God. Man’s fall into sin broke that relationship.

17 Implications for education Students need to understand that they cannot be ‘good’ in their own strength. God is only pleased with the ‘goodness’ that comes out of a motivation to love and serve Him, and to make Him Lord of our lives.

18 5. The Great Flood This was an actual event. The flood covered the entire world around 4,000 years ago. This accounts for many of the earth’s geological features which are falsely dated by evolutionists to be millions of years old. Layers of fossils were buried quickly, not slowly over millions of years.

19 Implications for education Secular history, geography and geology records often contain false information concerning the age of the earth.

20 6. The Tower of Babel This event accounts for the gathering together of different language and people groups.

21 Implications for education Human evolution does not explain the different races. All races descended from the sons of Noah, from a large and diverse gene pool. The gene pool became narrower when the language groups dispersed, leading to specific characteristics within racial/tribal groups.

22 7. The coming of Jesus and His death on the cross Christ died on the cross to give us an opportunity to be one with God. Because all have sinned, all need to ask Jesus Christ for total forgiveness and restored relationship with God.

23 Implications for education Students must be given the opportunity to receive Christ as their Saviour and Lord. Students are instructed in the ways of God, and grow in their understanding of His character and nature.

24 8. The role of the church The church has a God-given role to: stand against wrong standards show the love of God live according to Biblical principles spread the Gospel

25 Implications for education Students are encouraged to: be lights to the world embrace all that God has for them find the servant role that God has for them

26 9. The role of Israel in world history God chose Israel to be the nation through which Jesus would come into the world. Israel has been a target for persecution throughout history. Israel has a part to play in the fulfillment of Biblical prophesy.

27 Implications for education Students need to understand: the historical and geographic context in which the Bible was written. the role that Jews have in world history.

28 10. The end of the world The Bible tells us that the world will not go on indefinitely and the fulfillment of Biblical prophesy will point to the end of the age. Matthew chapters 24 and 25 tell us about the end of the age. Jesus will come again. God’s perfect world will be restored in a new Heaven and Earth.

29 Implications for education The universe as we know it will not go on indefinitely. God is in control. Our time on earth is temporary. A better home awaits us. Heaven is a real place, (Rev 22). We should always be ready to meet Jesus.

30 The importance of Biblical Christian worldview in education Students are bombarded with sensory input through the media, the internet, entertainment, their peers. Students who can process the information they receive through the glasses of a Biblical worldview will have confidence and strength to stand in a secular world.

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32 Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. (1 Corinthians 16:13) So then our brothers, stand firm and hold on to those truths which we taught you. (2 Thessalonians 2:15) Put on the full armour of God that you can stand against the devil’s schemes. (Ephesians 6:11)


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