Essay: The Universe Next Door by James W. Sire


Essay: The Universe Next Door by James W. Sire

  • Worldview as a commitment: A worldview is a matter of the heart, which involves the mind. A Christian worldview includes wisdom, emotion, desire and will, spirituality, and intellect.
  • Expressed in a story or a set of presuppositions: Some Scientist tell the story of the big bang theory in which everything was created by a bang of nothing; hitting the planet and creating all things. Christians tell the story of Creation, the Fall, Redemption, Glorification and Jesus’ birth, death and resurrection as the Master Story. Christians are a part of His Story and cannot be divorced from the story.
  • Assumptions that may be true, conscious, consistent: The presuppositions of one’s commitment may be true, partially true, or entirely false. Although there are a way people perceive things to be truth according to one’s commitments but can be mistaken as to what truth really is true. Some people do not recognize their actions consciously as to how they treat others because they do not believe God is an infinitely personal God. Those who do not believe in anything, wander around endlessly looking for something to believe, which becomes inconsistent.
  • The foundation on which we live: Our worldview is more lived out by our words and actions; it cannot be mapped out on paper, then followed precisely; we may as well be robots because our worldview in deeply embedded in our subconscious.

When my worldview came into greater clarity:

I remember a time when a very close friend, and mentor told me that things seemed cloudy now, but one day the Lord would give me clarity. After she told me that, I tossed a book she gave me down on her counter and walked out of her home. The book was called, “Created to be his Helpmeet”. I had just learned the truth of what I had allowed most of my life was not truth. I was confused and angry because I believed that the Lord wanted me to submit to abusive treatment and follow in a way even if it was against my conscious. 1Peter3 “Wives submit to your husbands”, was my least favorite scripture because I grew up seeing my grandmother, mother, aunts, and other relatives being abused by their husbands; then I followed. I could never love my husband or God because of that, but no matter how angry and confused I was, something in the depths of my being sought after the Lord; something was very right in seeking after Him. After receiving godly counseling for myself and learning how to love the Person God created in His own image who was me, I became free to be myself. I learned how to set boundaries and follow Jesus in His ways. I learned that submission is actually, “Listening”, I realized what she had said was truth. Although the Lord was very much personal in teaching me in His word, I couldn’t understand how a loving God wanted me to submit to such evils. He clearly showed me Psalms 55 numerous times, but I listened to man rather than God Himself.  Now I can be my husband’s Helpmeet and love him freely. I was unaware of his struggles with PTSD, and other issues pressing on him as well. Because of our cultural traditions we fought against each other. I was not “Listening” to him, now instead of fighting against one another, we fight for each other when we stop, listen, and think before we say a word. We have become stronger in our faith in the Lord, and our love for one another is now true. I believe that although people did evil to me, God used it for good because during that time of confusion and darkness, I became closer to the Lord and the knowledge of Him

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