An open Bible and a cup of coffee.

“It was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.”
(Jude 1:3)

Every one of Christianity’s competing faith systems has official doctrinal positions regarding how the world began (origins), what the purpose of life is (meaning), how we ought to live our lives (morals), and what happens when we die (destiny). On the Christian worldview, the world was created by a maximally great, personal super-intelligence we call God (Genesis 1:1; Exodus 20:11; Nehemiah 9:6; Isaiah 45:18; John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:15-17; Hebrews 1:1-3, et al). The meaning of human life is to know and serve this God (Deuteronomy 10:12; Ecclesiastes 12:13; Jeremiah 9:23-24; John 17:3; 1 John 5:20; Revelation 22:3). God’s morally-perfect, omni-benevolent character comes to expression by way of His wise and good commands (Deuteronomy 4:5-8; Romans 7:12). Lastly our eternity beyond this life depends upon our response to Christ and His salvific offer (John 3:19; 14:6; Acts 4:12). “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life,” declares the Scripture, “and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him” (John 3:36). Even those who do not outwardly affirm the Christian account of origins, meaning, morals, and destiny must at least admit that what the Bible says on these issues is consistent and without contradiction. This is important because the first, most basic, test of any truth claim is that of internal consistency. If the claim is without contradiction it may be true. If it is in hopeless conflict with itself, it cannot be true. It is just here that Christianity outstrips all of its rivals. No other worldview addresses these four areas of human thought in a coherent, well-integrated way. For instance, most worldviews contain some kind of moral code that humans are obligated to live by. The problem here is that such a code can only impose itself on us in this way if it is the product of a personal, competent Authority, qualitatively greater than us all, to Whom we must give an account. This is precisely what the other competing faith systems lack. Their views on morality do not comport with their views on origins, which involve transcendent gods (unknowable) or immanent gods (gods who are not ultimate), or no gods at all. We see much the same thing when it comes to life’s meaning. Virtually everyone believes that our lives have meaning and purpose. This intuition, however, only fits within the Christian worldview, which sees everything as having objective meaning according to the Creator’s wise plan for His creatures. Without the God of the Bible disclosing the truth to us about Who He is, who we are, and what we are meant to do and become, there could be no discernible, objective, meaning or purpose for our lives. As we contemplate these deep philosophical realities, let’s remember to praise and thank our God for revealing such things to us, His fallen but beloved image-bearers.

God bless,

pastor john