The Biblical Worldview

W. Terry Varner
February 1, 2015

Since space prohibits setting forth sufficient evidence proving God exists, the Bible is the Word of God, and Jesus is the Son of God, we will argue from the assumption that these propositions are truthful. Therefore, these be truthful; i.e. Goa exists, the Bible is the Word of God, and Jesus is the son of God, we argue that from the beginning there has been, before any other worldview, the biblical worldview.

The Biblical Worldview Dates from Creation of Man. The biblical worldview is not a recent innovation, but dates from God revealing Himself to Adam. The biblical worldview provides the framework for showing before man violated God’s law that no other worldview existed. This being so the biblical worldview; i.e. God’s authority over man, precedes all/any other worldview (atheism, agnosticism, naturalism, et al). That God exists is an essential ingredient to understanding that God has the authority over man by what He commands and permits (cf. Matt. 18:18). It is the biblical worldview because God governs the world whether man acknowledges it or not.

The Biblical Worldview Involves Four Major Affirmations. These affirmations are essential in understanding God’s worldview for man.

(1) God has existed eternally and created all things (Genesis 1:1; Psalm 8; Romans 1:25; et. al).
(2) God reveals Himself to Adam (Genesis 2:15-25).
(3) The fall or sin of man (Genesis 3:1-7).
(4) The redemption of man (Genesis 3:15).

The importance of each of these affirmations of God to man.

First, inherent in the biblical worldview is the existence of God. God is understood to be infinite. “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One” (Deuteronomy 6:4). His infinitude of being involves His perfection, omniscience, omnipotence, immutability, et al. God is also transcendent; i.e. He is both beyond and separate from man and all that is in the universe. God is also immanent; i.e. He is actually involved in the history of man and the universe. It is unbiblical to teach that God does not work today in the life of man and nations.

Second, God reveals Himself to Adam, and as is implied to all mankind (Genesis 2:15). The affirmation that God reveals Himself to man implies three arguments:

The Possibility of divine revelation rests on the foundation that God, who is all-powerful and all-wise, is able to communicate with man whom He created (Genesis 1:26-27; 2:7).

The Probability of divine revelation is founded upon God’s character by showing His interest in the state and welfare of man who is the apex oi His Creation (Ephesus 3; Romans 1:5; 16:25; et. al).

The Necessity of divine revelation showing that man cannot learn the true nature of God, nor how to obey and serve Him (John 8:32; 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; et. al).

In the second affirmation, God reveals three mandates to Adam, and consequently to all mankind. (1) The Physical mandate involves man’s dominion over the physical or material realm (Genesis 1:26; 2:15). (2) The Religious (spiritual) mandate requiring man honor, obey, serve, and worship God (Genesis 2:16-17). (3) The Social mandate relates man to his fellow human beings (Genesis 2:18-25). This mandate expressed in marriage (home) is the foundation of society. Unless marriage (home) functions as God designed it initially, society will end in chaos. These three mandates are why MacArthur describes the biblical worldview as involving “the mind, will, character and being of God” (Truth War 2).