There are four ultimate questions I want you to think about. These four questions make up a worldview. A worldview is how you personally interpret the world. It includes your beliefs, attitudes, emotions, and values about society, yourself, and existence. Each of us, whether we are aware of it or not, interpret the world. Let’s run through these.
The first question I want you to think about is: what is the nature of reality? Is there a God or not? If there is, what is that God like? Is he one God like Judaism or Islam or three distinct persons yet one God (The Trinity) many gods like Hinduism, or is the universe itself god (Buddhism)? If there is no God like Atheists believe, is the universe all that exists? Or is there a supernatural realm like angels and demons we can’t see? If you get really skeptical, a question you might ask: Is the physical world really real or are we in some dream state right now and just haven’t woken up yet? Like a dream within a dream.
The second question is What is a Human Being? Sounds simple to answer but there are many interpretations. Are you and I just a highly evolved biological machine similar to a crocodile or bird? One Atheist has said: You couldn’t be here if stars hadn’t exploded, because the elements – the carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, iron, and all the things that matter for evolution and for life – weren’t created at the beginning of time. They were created in the nuclear furnaces of stars, and the only way for them to get into your body is if those stars were kind enough to explode. So, forget Jesus. The stars died so that you could be here today. The Bible has a radically different worldview. It says you were in fact created in the image of God who is creative, intellectual, has a will, and develops personal relationships with people.
The third question: What happens to a person at death? Do people stop existing when their brain waves no longer function? Are individuals transformed to a higher state of existence? Will we reincarnate into another life form on earth? Hindus believe that if you live a good life you will go to heaven and not return to this life again, and if you are bad, you will turn into some lower animal form like a giraffe or fish. If you are really bad, maybe you will turn into a cat. Just kidding, I am a dog fan. Then there’s the Christian belief that individuals will enter into the spiritual realm (heaven or hell) based on their relationship with Jesus Christ.
The fourth and final question is: How do we know what is right and wrong? Is right and wrong strictly products of human choice. Are right and wrong determined by what makes us feel good? Atheists say a sense of right and wrong are an evolutionary development as a survival mechanism for the species. So lying isn’t really wrong; only if you get caught. The Scripture says because we are made in the image of God, whose character is good and who has revealed what is right, we are to obey him. An example might be a strategy game. You have to play by the rules in order to win the game. Same is true in this world. God is the Creator and we are the characters in His story.
These are 4 ultimate questions people ask when framing their worldview. Do you have any other suggestions to add to this article? Your comments are appreciated. Thanks!