What fundamental questions do worldviews answer?

Let’s conclude the explanation of worldview components.  All worldviews have to answer fundamental questions. These are questions that all people ponder—issues that are universal to all humans. The questions that all want answered are: Where did we come from? Why are we here? What can we do about evil and suffering? And what happens when we die? Or to state them another way, what are man’s origin, purpose, and destiny? Since everyone wants the answer to these basic issues, a worldview has to deliver solutions that make sense. But only Christianity gives a coherent set of meaningful answers.

To illustrate how other worldviews lack meaningful answers to life’s big questions, take Cornell University professor Dr. William Provine’s statements in a debate with Dr. Phillip Johnson of Stanford on creation and evolution. When relating the implications of evolution, Dr. Provine stated that there were no gods, no life after death, no ultimate foundation for ethics, no ultimate meaning in life, and no free will. Let those words sink in for a moment. Then consider how that worldview answers the issues of our purpose and destiny. It doesn’t. There is no meaning in life. There is no life after death. The Secular Humanist map has gaping holes in it. People have legitimate questions that this worldview doesn’t answer! On the other hand, Christianity can explain man’s origin (creation), purpose (relationship with God and others), and destiny (heaven or hell) with information that can be intellectually and spiritually satisfying.  Knowing what this information is requires later blog postings, but suffice it to say if a worldview can’t answer basic questions, people will look for answers elsewhere.  That is when the Christian must be ready to give a reason for the hope that they have (1 Peter 3:15).

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