Weltanschauung

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"Weltanschauung" sounds like the swish a sword makes when you draw it from its scabbard! This is appropriate because Weltanschauung is a German word which translated, means: "Worldview." Everyone has one - it's the way you view the world. Or to be technical, it's your comprehensive view or personal philosophy.1 Every day, it's the sword you draw as you do battle in a world of diverse ideas.

The Bible itself has a Weltanschauung. God exists; He created everything out of nothing; He made humankind in His image; they rebelled; He sent His Son as an atoning sacrifice; those who trust in Him and repent are rescued; once people become believers God's Spirit lives in them and transforms them.

Part of this transformation is a changed Weltanschauung. Consider what Paul wrote in Romans 12:1-2 (ESV):

"I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect."

The problem with a living sacrifice is that it sometimes tries to wriggle off the altar. TWR's Worldview programmes are signposts challenging and exhorting people to place themselves back onto the altar - all of themselves, including their Weltanschauung. The Bible is described as a sword, and we must allow it to strike at our human worldview and we must give way to its truth.

It's not okay to just change our confession - our hearts must agree with our mouths, an agreement which is demonstrated by our hands and feet. What we really believe is reflected in what we really do. Though we are inconsistent and though we fail, we are always changing. We must be able to echo the words of John Newton:

"I am not what I ought to be, I am not what I want to be, I am not what I hope to be in another world; but still I am not what I once used to be, and by the grace of God I am what I am."

Please keep this project in your prayers, asking the Lord to use it to help listeners lay aside every weight and sin which clings so closely so that they can run with endurance the race that is set before them (cf. Heb. 12:1).

To find out more, please visit: {http://www.twrafrica.org/projects/worldview.asp}

1. >http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Weltanschauung

Published: 28 July 2011