Worldviews in Conflict

By Edward Thal /

The social turmoil we are witnessing in America has roots that go far deeper than opposing political systems or disparate social classes. Turmoil originates in human sinfulness and a struggle to answer the big questions of life (though many would have difficulty articulating such thoughts with any precision):

  • “Who am I?”
  • “Why am I here?”
  • “What is the meaning of my life?”
  • “Where am I going when this is over?”

Ecclesiastes powerfully summarizes this inner debate and reaches an interim conclusion that has been echoed by millions through the ages:

The work that is wrought under the sun is grievous unto me, for all is vanity and vexation of spirit…therefore I went about to cause my heart to despair of all the labour which I took under the sun (Ecclesiastes 2:17,20)

The answer to such a bleak picture lies in an awareness of ourselves in relation to God. Without it we cannot find peace – within ourselves or with each other:

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his  commandments, for this is the whole duty of man (Ecclesiastes 12:13)

The gulf between these two conclusions – despair and submission to God – is spanned by a whole world of truth contained in the Bible: its worldview stands in stark and hopeful contrast to the cold mechanistic fatalism of godlessness.

                          Biblical Christianity                                      Secular Humanism

Theology                     Theistic                                                                Atheistic

Philosophy                  Supernatural                                            Natural/Materialistic

Ethics                          Moral Absolutes                                             Moral Relativism

Biology                        Purposeful Creation                               Blind, Random Evolution

Psychology                 Soul/Spirit/Mind                                   Physical/Chemical/Brain

Sociology                    Family/Church/State                            Non-Family/World Government

Law                             Bible/Objective Moral  Order                          Active/Evolving

Economics               Private Property /Work Ethic                                 Socialism

Politics                      State is God-ordained                                        Man-made State

History                            God’s Plan                                           Impelled by objective  economic forces