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Worldview your narrative and why you believe it.

In Apologetics, Chrisitian, Christ, Christian, Christianity, Prayer, Satan, Saved, Sin, Sunday School on October 10, 2009 at 4:38 pm

threecrosses1 ESTABLISHING  A WORLDVIEW

Ravi Zacharias

 
 

VOLUME ANSWER GUIDE LAYING THE GROUNDWORK I video session

INTRODUCTION
+ Assumptions and presuppositions are the guiding factors in decision making.
+ Alvin loftier: Every person carries in his head a mental model of the world.
. Correspondence
• Coherence
— People will try to deny this until they are on the receiving
end of a non-corresponding truth or an incoherent worldview! — Correspondence and coherence are incontrovertible methods of
establishing truth in a court of law
+ This view of truth is supported by four laws of logic:
• The Law of Identity ; An object is identical to itself.
• The Law of Non-contradiction ; Two contradictory statements cannot be true in the same sense at the same time.
• The Law of the Excluded Nicole ; Just because two things have one thing in common does not mean they have everything in common.
• The Law of Rational Inference
Inferences can be made from what is known to what is unknown.
HOW DO WE UNPACK A WORLDVIEW AND CONNECT IT WITH REALITY?
+ Logical Consistency
Empirical Adequacy
• The Bible is a book of Geography and history .
• God is a God of empirical value.
• Jesus told Thomas reach and feel his side. (John 20)
• God has etched his reality in stories and history.
+ Experiential Relevance
• Norman Geisler gives two additional tests:
1. Unaffirrnability as a test for falsehood
2. Undeniability as a test for truth
— Pantheism is an unaffirmable world view because it forces you to deny your own existence.

WHAT ARE THE QUESTIONS THAT FORM A WORLDVIEW?
^ Where did I come from ? (Origin)
^ How do I separate Good from bbua ? (Morality) ^ What is my life’s r neaninca ? (Purpose)
+ What’s going to happen to me when I die ? (Destiny)
HOW DOES THE TEST FOR CREDIBILITY COME?
^ Five Areas of Credibility 
• The Pragmatic Basis—Does it really work?
• The Experiential Basis—Can I sense it in my
experience internally? 
• The Cosmic or Metaphysical Basis—Does
it fit the big cicture? 
• The Historical Basis—Did what it says really happen?
• The Community Basis—Does it provide relational support?

WHAT MUST A WORLDVIEW HAVE IN ORDER TO BE PERSUASIVE?
* A strong foundation in correspondence (factual support)
^ A high degree of coherence (internal consistency)
^ Lxplanater z power (the integration of facts and deductions}
^ Avoid two extremes (neither too corn elicatec nor too sir 11IDlistic
+ More than one line of evidence
^ Able to refute contrcrr worldviews
CONCLUSION
+ Four Steps in Communication
• identification
• Translation
their idiom?
—How can you identify with your listener? —How can you translate your message into
^ Immanuel Kant: First to use the German term “Weltanschauung,” which means “a way ci looKnu at the world.”
^ James Olthuis
“A worldview… is a framework or set of fundamental
beliefs through which we view the world and our calling and future in it. This vision need not be fully articulated: it may be so
 internalized that it goes largely unquestioned; it may not be explicitly developed into a systematic conception of life; it may not even be theoretically deepened into a philosophy; it may not even tbs codified into croodal form. It may be greatly refined through cultural, historical development. Nevertheless, this vision is a channel for the
ultimate beliefs which give direction and meaning to life. It is the integrative and interpretive framework by which order and disorder are judged. It is the standard by which reality is managed and pusued. It is the set of hinges on which all our everyday thinking and doing turns.”
^ A worldview is a set of beliefs that underlie and shape all human
thor u~ fa f and action .
^ The question is not whether you have a worldview or not, but whether the
worldview you are living by is a good one.
WHAT IS THE GOAL OF APOLOGETICS?
+ The goal of understanding worldviews and communicating your worldview is to get the one to whom you are communicating to God
HOW DO YOU COMMUNICATE THE TRUTH?
+ TWO Theories of Truth/Methods of Truth Testing

Persuasion —What about your story is persuasive?
Justification —Why do you believe what you believe?
+ The dilemma in all of this:
• The human problem is not finiteness or smallness but fallenness and sinfulness
• You can expect a sinner to insist on his own View of things.
• Sin involves an evasion of the truth.
• Sin has ultimately contributed to Intellectual confusion and moral evil.
Conversion is not your prerogative; evangelism is.

Conversion is God’s prerogative.
+ Three “ologies”:
• Ontology—\Nhat is
• Epistemology—How you know it is tru
• Axiology—How it impels you to live
^ Revelation 3:14-18
To the church in Laodicea:
“These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You sal. `I am rich; / have acquired wealth and do not need a thing. ‘ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.”
^ If you understand the worldview of the people you are speaking to, you will have an effect.

TESTING THE FOOTING

Comprehension
These questions are meant to confirm that all participants have understood the concepts presented in the lecture and are able to articulate them. They can also
be used as a review.

^ Ravi imagines a little boy who, when asked if it is true that he has eaten a cookie, replies, “What is truth?” Why does the boy ask this question? What is his motive?
He is trying to distract the one asking the question from his own guilt. He does not want to face the truth, so he questions whether it exists at all.
^ Which law of logic does the following statement violate: It only snows when it is cold; it is cold, therefore, it must be snowing”?
This statement violates the Law of the Excluded Middle. It assumes that just because cold and snow go together that they always go together.
^ Which law of logic does the following statement violate: “This statement is false”?
This statement violates the Law of Non-contradiction, It is making the assertion that something this statement) is true, while at the same time asserting that it is false.
^ What does it mean to say that the Christian worldview has “empirical adequacy”?
It makes sense of the world that we can see and touch. It is based on real events that happened in real places in real time. It fits the facts.
^ What does it mean to say that the Christian worldview has “experiential relevance”?
it aswers the questions that flow out of our experiences and the felt issues we face in every area of our lives, It make sense of our experience and gives guidance for how to live,
^ What two extremes does Ravi say that the Christian worldview needs to avoid if it is going to be persuasive?
We need to avoid the extremes of making our worldview too complicated or too simplistic.
+ What was Ravi’s point in bringing up the parable of the sower and the seeds?
Sometimes our words and arguments will bring forth the fruit of conversion. Other times they will not. We cannot always tell when someone is going to be changed by our words. It is our job to be faithful and let God use our efforts how He will,
+ Can you think of an example of a worldview that does not meet the pragmatic test for credibility?
Answers will vary. One example would be a communist woridview Communism failed the pragmatic test because it didn’t work over the long term; it failed to account for human selfishness as a motivator towards productivity.
+ What does it mean to say that the Christian worldview rests on more than one line of evidence?
The Christian worldview is supported by historical evidence, philosophical arguments, experiential validation, and internal coherence. It does not rest on one argument alone or one sole piece of evidence,
^ Even it you could flawlessly prove the Christian worldview, what dilemma would you encounter?
The human heart is sinful and evades the truth. Just because you show someone the truth does not mean they will necessarily choose to see it if they don’t want to see it.

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