Wednesday, December 21, 2005

"Lessons From Narnia" Series: Your Worldview Changes Your World

(This is the first message in the series spoken on Dec. 4.)

I have two pairs of sunglasses here. Imagine something with me for a second…

Each of these sunglasses affects the way you see the world. If you put on this pair it will tint your view of the world in one way. If you put this pair on it will tint your view of the world in another way.

You need to be careful, because once you choose a pair to put on they will affect everything you see, hear, and experience. The way you see and feel about things will be different based on which pair of glasses you choose.

You might think what I just described is far-fetched, but these sunglasses represent something real!

These sunglasses represent two worldviewstwo ways of looking at life.

Secular worldview: The only thing that is real is what I can see, taste, touch, smell, and feel. Reality is only what I can measure, test, and reproduce in a lab. The only reality is this physical world and what I experience while I am alive. This view has no room for God in it.

Spiritualistic worldview: There is a reality beyond my 5 senses. There is reality beyond what I can understand or explain. Reality exits beyond this physical world and there will be an existence beyond this life. This view believes in the existence of God.

These two worldviews basically come down to one question and how we answer it. The question of “Is there a god is?”

Paul Little in his book, “Know WHY You Believe” says this “There is in human existence no more profound question demanding an answer.”

Your answer to this one question really does affect the way you see, hear and experience everything in life.

There’s really not a neutral choice.

You either believe there is a spiritual world and a God or you don’t. Claiming you don’t know if there is a God will by default cause you to see life from the secular worldview.

Once you choose your point of view it will affect how you perceive and respond to this world and your life.

I found a perfect example of how these two worldviews totally change you and the outcome of your life in a book called, “The Question Of God”. It’s written by a man named Dr. Armand M. Nicholi Jr.

In the book, he contrasts the life of C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud. He shows how they both started as atheists and shared many of the same views, but C.S. Lewis turned off that path towards God.

Nicholi sets up the book in a way where it presents a fictional debate between these two great men on topics like: the problem of pain and suffering, love, sex, and the ultimate meaning of life and death.

You might wonder well know is this guy? What gives him authority to write on this subject or these two men?

Dr. Nicholi is an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at the Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital. He has served on the Harvard Medical School faculty for the past 25 years, where he teaches a popular course which this book is based on. He also teaches an undergraduate course at Harvard College.

Dr. Nicholi is editor and co-author of one of the leading textbooks on psychiatry used in universities and medical schools throughout the world.

When he says something he know what he’s talking about!

C.S. Lewis has been called one of the greatest writers of the 20th Century. He’s also known as one of the greatest apologists (or defenders) of the Christian faith…

But many people don’t know, is that for about 18 years of his life he was an atheist. He had a secular view of the world. During that time he had many of the same opinions that Freud did about life.

Some people also don’t know that Freud started out his life in a religious family and that when he was young he had believed and knew the Bible really well.

Here’s what I want to do…

I want to let you see a quick look at both of their stories so you can sit on the sidelines and watch as they choose which worldview they’re going to wear.

Let’s look at Freud first.

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