Theology and Worldview
A Media Guide to the Island of Truth
Everyone is a theologian. From the most fervent agnostic to the atheistic protestor, and from the activist Muslim to the Evangelical Christian, everyone has a theory about who God is, and isn’t and people are equally theological about what they believe. Think about it, one may try to silence another’s symbolism, images and expression and fight for the right to not be offended by another’s outpouring or observance of faith. Another may threaten or practice various types of Jihad when they feel their god has been offended in an outward showing of displeasure from what they might think the nature of their god is.
Wouldn’t you like to be a Pepper too?
In Christian circles there are some who feel it God’s will to pray to a patron Saint who is an advocate for them and a go-between God and His people, and then in contrast many who believe that the Bible clearly tells us that we must pray in the name of Jesus and that the Trinity is the sole means of communication between His people and God. Indeed, we all are theologians and we have guides that take us through that relationship, that bring us to an understanding of the nature of God, what He thinks and what He wants from us. At our disposal are the books, the traditions, and the oralatity, that has been passed down to each one of us. The Koran, The New Testament, and the Pentateuch, are three such books that we have at our disposal and have a heritage in our families, our traditions, and where we are located in the world. There are also denominational, sects, doctrinal, and orthodox parameters that shape, define, divide and sub-divide our theological thoughts. These books, documents and traditions also serve as the way we may see the world and how we were created and conclude who our creator is or was.
The deepest questions that we have in life are who were are, how did we get here, how was the world created, and who the Creator is? All these questions coincide with what happens to us after we die; is there something else, and what was our purpose here on earth? These are the questions that help us to explore our worldview or as I like to say our mind-set. Our influences come into play on each of these questions and so they are paramount in our belief systems. Good.
From our parents, pastors, peers, teachers, and media, we come into contact with what formulates our mindset. From books, classes, conversations and interactive media, we are bombarded with information that we might not even seek, and yet it influences us. Good. (For instance I know more about the Brittany Speers come-back CD, and I never gave it a single thought!) Media has influence on all of us, like it or not. Our worldview/mindset is a study, a quest and an accidental journey. I liken this journey to a left and right brain experience called “living life,” and what we put in our minds has to filter down to our heart, which decides to have a heart change in the building of our this mind-set.
A Mindset Built to Last
The image of these construction workers building the way we see the world in our minds-eye is quite vivid. Who we allow to influence us is part of the challenge. Is there truth in their view? Do they care about me and my viewpoint? Is the Biblical point of view the only view that I can buy into? Or are there other aspects and elements? How do I engage others who may have a different worldview and mindset than I have? Do I have a way to respectively point out truth in their worldview? Are their issues with my worldview? All of these questions point to my theology, if I let God’s view from a Biblical Worldview filter and reconstruct the ideas that I may have picked up from parents, friends, journalists, colleagues, the internet, the music I listen to, the broad-and stream casts I watch and listen to, the books I read, and the films I see. It all makes up who I am, and how I engage and navigate to what I believe is a sea of distorted thinking in this world. Yet we are called to examine, work with, reach out to, and be in and not of the world.