The Bible Answers all Questions
Every worldview or belief system can be analyzed by how it answers the basic questions of life:
1. Where did we come from and who are we (creation)?
2. What has gone wrong (the fall)? How can we explain the human dilemma – why is there war, suffering, and death?
3. What can we do to fix it (redemption)?
The basis for the Christian worldview is, of course, God’s revelation in Scripture. II Timothy 3:16-17 comes to mind: “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” If you are like me, you tend to focus on the first 5 words of this section. However, it is in the remainder of the passage that we are challenged to see all of scripture as sufficient. We need to understand that the Bible is intended to be the basis for all of life. As evangelicals we often stress a personal relationship with Jesus Christ the son of God, and rightly so. However, we need to realize that being a Christian is more than discipleship and believing certain doctrines; we must also see Christianity as a way of seeing and comprehending all reality. It really is a worldview!
First, the Bible answers the questions of where we come from and who we are. Genesis chapter 1 gives the familiar creation account. Focus on Genesis 1:26-27, “Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’ So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” Here, we find not only the creation account, but that men and women are image bearers of God and, as such, derive dignity and worth.
Next, the Bible not only provides an accurate diagnosis of the human dilemma – our guilt, our sin, before a holy God (Rom. 3:23, Rom. 6:23), but it provides the only answer to the problem of sin – by accepting Jesus who died for our sins (John 14:6).
Finally, Paul summarizes the solution to our dilemma in Romans 10:9-10, “If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Furthermore, Jesus’ offer of salvation is based on historical truth – He was crucified in A.D. 30 and rose again, and this has been verified by a wide variety of investigators. The disciples were persecuted and even killed for what they knew to be true. The gospels (and the rest of the Bible) have been verified as true in various ways including the Dead Sea Scrolls and archaeology. God’s redemption does not change us into something different so much as it restores us to the way we were originally created.
By lining up the Christian faith against other worldviews the gospel offers the only real answers to the basic questions of life and understanding how we can be saved.