After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.” When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born. Matthew 2:1-4
Who am I? How’d I get here? And Why am I here? The answers to these questions compose a person’s worldview. Let’s take a worldview history journey starting with the wise men, the magi, who traveled from the east to find the King of Kings. Their worldview included studying the mystery of the heavenly bodies and following the event of one unusual star. They came seeking, anticipating discovery and prepared to worship. They were humble.
No person has the whole picture, no person knows it all. Scientific discoveries keep happening.. Many more mysteries are waiting to be discovered. We live in a tension between accepting the latest scientific discoveries and holding on to time-tested, well-established facts. We live in a culture of competition for which ideas will prevail and which worldview will dominate. The great men of science in the Scientific Revolution from 1500-1700 A.D. were also great men of God inspired by the belief humanity was created by an intelligent, rational being. This changed in the 19th century when the idea of natural selection emerged. So many new discoveries in the 21st century keep pointing to a Creator God and back to intelligent design. Science keeps on changing. People still need to be willing to investigate and humbly embrace discovery and the mysteries of the universe.
The intersection on the highway of worldviews competes fiercely for our choice of a path. With humility, research your beliefs to follow them to their conclusions. Do they match what God’s inspired word says? There is more evidence to believe in God than not. Don’t be afraid to follow the evidence to see where it leads you. Anticipate discovering and be prepared to see Jesus face to face. He is everywhere in his creation, waiting to meet you. As you reflect on your worldview journey, enjoy the pictures and listen to Chris Tomlin’s Indescribable.
By Donna Burns