Years ago my brother who is also in ministry said something to me that stuck with me. I didn’t really understand at that point what he was trying to tell me, but over the last few years I’ve seen just how important his advice is when it comes to engaging others with your worldview. Tim, (my brother) said that when you talk and share with others and deal with questions about the universe and the existence of God, you always need to do it from a Biblical base.
Sharing from a Biblical base means that you align your illustrations, words, and actions with the Bible within the conversations you have with people. The reason you do this is to show the coherence of the Biblical worldview to any situation or information we come across. Let me clarify that I am not saying you should bias your opinion of the evidence to reach a Biblical conclusion. That would be a wrong approach and could also be faulty logic called Begging the question or Circular reasoning.
For example, lets say that a conversation with your hairdresser or barber comes up because he makes the statement, “There is a lot of evil out there in the world.” This will open up for you to share with them about what the Bible says about evil. You can use questions like “Do you know what the Bible says about evil?” or statements like “the Bible says that there is a lot of evil inside of us all too.” These are great transitions into opportunities to share the real gospel of Jesus.
Even if you are dealing with the question of the existence of God, before even talking about evidence for Jesus or the Bible you can use the Bible to show how it lines up with the understood knowledge of the universe. For example, scriptures that point to the earth being round (Isa 40:22) or that the earth is hung on nothing in space. (Job 26:7)
The reason you always need to talk and debate from a Biblical worldview is so that others see how the Bible is unique and is really the best coherent “lens” in which we see our world. You can use the Bible to compliment the evidence and reasons for your believe and worldview. Areas like morals, ethics, truths of life, evil, and leadership are just a few of the subjects you can relate the Bible to.
As always questions, comments, and discussions welcome.