The primary religion of America today is Darwinian Naturalism. Every person has a world view. A world view is a way of viewing the world around us. This world view is very popular. Darwinian Naturalism has six basic tenets. First, matter is all that exists and it has existed eternally. Carl Sagan years ago began his hit television series Cosmos with the same words every time. He said, “The Cosmos is all there is or was or ever will be.” Bristol Bay is advertised as, “A place that’s always been.” Matter is eternal.
The second major tenet is that the cosmos is a closed system. They believe there is no God. God has never intervened in history. Third, human beings are complex machines. Human beings are nothing more than a product of physical and chemical processes. We are not made in the image of God. Fourth, death is the end of all personality and individuality. There is no life after death. When a person dies, it is over. Fifth, morality is determined solely by the individual and circumstances. There is no transcendent revelation. God has not spoken. Finally, history is a linear series of events linked by cause and effect. There is no overarching purpose to history. There is no big idea. History is random.
This is the prevailing philosophy in America today. Thankfully, as Christians God has given us something much better! Romans 8:20-21 reveals a biblical worldview. A Christian worldview is given in these two verses. God says, “For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him Who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.” A Christian worldview or philosophy contains three big ideas.
The first big idea is that God created the universe and it all belongs to Him. Romans 8:20 says, “For the creation was subjected to futility….” A creation presupposes a Creator. If there is a building, there must a builder. If there is a painting, there must be a painter. If there is a meal, there must be a chef. Our universe operates on cause and effect! God created all things and He created them out of nothing.
Our culture believes that matter is eternal and had the power to create all things. No. Matter is not eternal. God is eternal and He created all things. Evolution does not answer the question of origins. The real question is, “Where did matter come from?”
The second big idea is that God cursed the world and it is no longer what it was intended to be. Romans 8:20 says, “For the creation was subjected to futility not because of its own will but because of Him Who subjected it…” Man’s sin in the garden brought God’s curse. Verse 21 says that the creation is subjected to futility. Futility means decay, death and decomposition.
The universe is running down. It is decaying. The second law of thermodynamics says that things move toward disorder. There is a relentless process of conception, birth and growth followed by decay, death and decomposition. This cycle is even seen in nature. Nature every spring tries to create something permanent. Spring tries to create a perfect environment every year but it does not succeed. Spring leads to summer. Summer leads only to autumn and winter. The entire creation is locked into a cycle of decay.
Most people think that sin is not a big deal. Sin is a big deal! One man’s sin eating one piece of fruit resulted in the curse of the entire universe. Thankfully, a Christian worldview contains a third crucial big idea.
The third big idea is that God will renew the universe and it will be free of its curse. Romans 8:21 says “….the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.”
The death, burial and resurrection of Jesus are very powerful. His sacrificial death frees the believer from his sins. Jesus offers salvation. But one day Jesus is coming back to make all things right. When Jesus Christ returns and we are revealed as the children of God creation itself will be restored. Yes, creation was subjected to futility (vanity) but a better day is coming.
Matter is not eternal. God is eternal. The cosmos is not a closed system. God has intervened through His Son Jesus. Human beings are not just complex machines. We are very complex but we are made in the image of God. We are designed to know God. Death is not the end. Death is the beginning. Every person spends eternity somewhere. Morality is not determined solely by the individual and circumstances. God has spoken in the Bible. History is not a linear series of events. History is moving rapidly to the crescendo of the Second Coming of the Lord Jesus!
Pastor Ethan Hansen
Faith Bible Fellowship
Big Lake, AK