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Discover Your Worldview!

Zach —  January 29, 2013 — 2 Comments

Things have changed outside of my study window.  I woke up to falling, blowing snow!  I had just pulled up the blog on my laptop and was ready to write today’s blog post when a scene out of my window caught my eye.  A small deer was rubbing noses with my neighbor’s dog.  Nothing unusual about that, I suppose but still, it kept coming back into my mind.

As I turned back to my monitor, it hit me—the deer and the dog.  They were interested in checking one another out.  There was no fighting or intimidation, just a natural curiosity about the other.  It was beautiful.  What had hit me was that they reminded me of two different worldviews.  I was captivated by that thought and this post is the outward expression of that thought.

“Amazing,” I thought, “two, completely different animals (worldviews) tentatively investigating the other!”  As I thought about that for a moment, I caught movement out my window and looked to see both the small deer and the dog walking side by side around the side of an embankment.

I thought to myself, “That is how I will describe the subjectivity of worldviews today!  Like the deer and my neighbor’s dog, both of them from different concepts about the world but willing to acknowledge the other.  When we understand other peoples worldviews, perhaps we can really appreciate our own even more!

If you have been keeping up with the blog posts, you know that we are about to begin looking into the worldview, human secularism.  Before we go any further, how about we take a look at a chart that will allow you to determine for yourself what your personal worldview is?  Sound good?

The following links open in another window so when finished just click off of that window to return here.  Ok then, take a break in your reading and I will wait for you to return.  Look over the chart ,answer the questions, follow the arrows, and you will find your worldview.  Ok –get ready, get set, click…What’s Your Worldview?

Welcome back!  Well, now you have an idea of what your worldview is and what it is called.  I have another chart I would like you to look over.     Worldview Comparison Chart.    After you see what your worldview believes in, come back !

If you clicked on the two links above and followed the instructions, you have a pretty good idea of what your personal worldview is.  Many people already know their worldview but many more do not.  This exercise is to get you ready to investigate the various worldviews and what they believe.

Next post, we will consider the worldview of human secularism.  I look forward to investigating with you!

Until then!

Zach

 

Question:  What was your worldview?  What are your thoughts on it?

 

 

It starts with a pain, not a definitive one—just this nagging ache running down your left arm.  You’ve heard that this is one of the signs of a heart attack but you’re too young for such things.  You begin to feel a tightness spreading through your chest and the pain in your arm begins to increase.

“Man, I feel weird,” you think as you ease yourself down on the couch, rubbing your left arm and clenching and unclenching your fist.  You think, “Maybe I should call someone,” but you reason that it would be so embarrassing when it goes away and you have to explain you were scared.

Then, it hits.

 “The end of your life is staring you back in the eyes, up close—eyeball to eyeball.”

Your jaw begins to feel a pain like your teeth are hurting.  The pain increases.

“This can’t be real!” you think as the pain overwhelms you and a descending darkness, like the fade at the end of a movie, blurs and coats your vision like a pull down shade.  You can’t move now and the pain is unbearable.  You know.  You just know.

“ It’s impossible.  This can’t happen to me!”

But, there it is.  It’s fact.  You are dying.

In that moment, during the time after you sit down on the couch, the realization that you may be dying hits you right in the reality.

“What’s going to happen to me if I die?”  Your mind screams as the terror mounts and you begin fading into yourself and a numbing coldness starts moving from your extremities towards your middle, toward your heart.  Then—you’re gone.

Where did you go?

Where will you wake up?

What are you now?

These and other questions are answered by the worldview that you hold.  What is the last thought that runs through your mind as death slowly—but inescapably— claims you?

 Let’s run the clock back.

 Like an old VCR tape, you see yourself speeding back second by second into the past to where you were just before the first realization that something drastically wrong was about to play out.  Every thought of the past 15 minutes is as clear and as vivid as anything you have ever experienced in your life.

The past 15 minutes are all that you can think about as you realize what is about to happen.  What are your thoughts now?  Are you thinking about it as you read these words?  You remember laughing with others about,

“Oh well, might as well enjoy life to the max!  We’re not goin’ to ever get out of this world alive!”  Or perhaps you remember thinking,

“Everyone dies, but I don’t want to dwell on such things.  Just live each day to the fullest!”

 Maybe the following invades your memory as you await that first pain of the heart attack you know is coming and that is going to end your life in the next 15 minutes.

“Hey Bill,” your friend asks as you down another beer and slap down another grain-fed steak at the neighborhood, Sunday night cookout.

You love these outings that are held each weekend in the Spring and Summer months.  In fact, you started them 8 years after that Spring when you moved into the neighborhood.

“Let’s run down and get another case after this steak and watch the game!”  He laughs uproariously.  “ Only the good die young and we be bad to da bone!”

“Ok,” you belch—scarf down the last bite—and drain one beer and reach for another, “Let’s go!”

 

  • What is your worldview about death?
  •  Are you afraid of dying?
  •  Do you think about it?
  •  Do your hide from the realities of it? 
  • Are you comfortable with it?
  • Are you aware of what others think about it? 
  • How about your friends?
  • Your fellow employees where you work?
  • Then there’s your spouse and kids?
  • What are you teaching your kids about death?

 

What do you fear, what you think about, what do you hide from, how how can you become comfortable with death, what do you discuss with others, teach your kids?  It all depends upon how you view the world around you. Please be thinking on the above questions.

 In the next post, we will begin to consider the major world views mentioned in the post, How To See Out Of The Window.

The first worldview we will investigate is that of human secularism.  I look forward to coming alongside you as we investigate this prevalent, 21st century worldview.

Until then!

Zach

 

Question:  What is your greatest fear and how does it look from your worldview?

“Your Right and I’m Wrong?”

Zach —  January 19, 2013 — 4 Comments

“Your Right And I’m Wrong?”

Ruidoso is experiencing blue skies and calm winds today.  Again, I am taking in nature from my study window and actually thinking of donning my hiking clothes and boots and getting out in it!  There is something about the sound of a bird’s whistle and a faint breeze bringing the scents of nature to your senses that stirs and inspires motivation!

As I focus on the task at hand, I remember a conversation I had outside Wal-Mart a couple of months ago.

He looks startled as I approach with a tract in hand.  Looking from my face to my hand , he asks, “What’s that?”

“Hi, I wanted to ask you if you got one of these,” I state upfront as I offer my hand to shake in greeting.

“Whatever it is, I don’t want it,” he mutters and turns away.

“Wait!” I say as he turns back towards me and glowers.  “I would love to ask you a question if you don’t mind,” I offer and wait for his reply.  He looks at my hand but still does not offer his.

“Yeah?” he queries, “What kind of question?”  He looks suspiciously into my eyes as I mentally calculate just how I want to proceed now that I have his attention.  After a few seconds – to compose my thinking – I offer, “Do you think that you’re a good person?”  He just looks quizzically at me.

“Now, what kind of a question is that to ask a stranger in the street?” he half laughs, half sneers as I respond without any hesitation,  “Do you?”  I wait as he appears to mull the question over in his mind – half ready to walk away but curious enough about what I am up to, asks smugly, “Of course I am, are you?”

“Because you’re wrong!” he shouts back.  He is still glaring at me when I ask more softly…

We fence for awhile, back and forth, until he finally counters, “Look, truth is relative!  You see things your way and I see it my way!  I know you don’t think this way but we are both right,” he says in consternation and what appears to be a look of dismissal.  “What I believe is right for me and I have no problem with you believing what you do, okkk?” he sarcastically states and then begins to turn away.

“Wait, just one more question,” I say, raising my voice just enough to get his attention, “Why don’t you agree with what I just stated?” I say, waiting now for his answer.

“Because you’re wrong!” he shouts back.  He is still glaring at me when I ask more softly.

“So you’re right and I’m wrong?  What happened to we are both subjectively right?” I finish.  He begins to turn beet red as his mouth opens to make some retort.  Slowly, a light seems to appear in his eyes and he closes his mouth, looks down and back to meet my eyes.  He just looks at me for about 10 seconds, turns on his heel, and walks away.

  • Different worldviews have different perspectives. 
  • Different worldviews have different lenses in the glasses.
  • Different paradigms have a different focus.

All worldviews are different in most perspectives but they all have one thing in common.  They have a believer who contends for them.  All believe that their worldview is correct.  There are some philosophical thinkers who concede that no one has a handle on absolute truth; therefore, they will allow that their belief might have flaws.

However, they hold to possibly flawed paradigms until something subjectively influences them to change.  Then they will tentatively conclude that their view needs adjustment.  With that being said, they only change their view in the subjective context within their own minds.

As we consider different worldviews on this blog, we will look at both secular and religious ones.  We will look at the pros and the cons.  We will compare and contrast.  We will analyze, construct and deconstruct.  Overall, we will glean a set of skills, allowing us to analyze our own, particular worldview in as unbiased a manner as we possibly can.

I look forward to this journey with you!  Please consider the question below and comment on it as part of adding your focus to this post.

Until next time!

Zach

 

QUESTION:  IN THE WORDS OF PILATE –WHAT IS TRUTH?

 

 

 

 

 

How to See Out of the Window

Zach —  January 16, 2013 — 4 Comments

I’m looking out my office window as I write these words.  The sun is shining and a gentle breeze is attempting to grant release to the last vestiges of dry, brown leaves from the tree outside of my window.  Birds are singing in the branches and a small deer is eating something beneath the tree.  A pastoral scene if I ever saw one.

If I was to remove my glasses (nearsighted as a bat), this beautiful scene would blur into different blotches of blues, browns, and grays.  The birds in the tree would become invisible to me.  The leaves would become sounds only, as they were rubbed together by the breeze.  The deer would be quite invisible unless it decided to move; in that case, it would become a mysterious blob of movement that might stir my imagination.

This brings me to the title of this post: how to see out of the window.  The window I am talking about is your personal worldview.  Your worldview is your interpretation of what it is that you see when you look out of the window.  Are you with me so far?  In the next paragraph, we will take a look at what it is that you see out of your 21st Century window at this world that you live in.

What Is a Worldview?

The first thing you need to know about worldviews is that everyone has one.  That’s right.  Even people who do not even know what a worldview is – has one.  You might be saying, “Ok, Zach, you made your point.  Now, what is your interpretation of the term, worldview?”  What matters is if you and I can agree upon a basic, working interpretation for the term worldview in order to help us to be on the same page as we continue in this post together and others to come.

There are many definitions for the term but, for our purposes in this blog post, the following definition should suffice.  A worldview is how you interpret the things you see out your window.  Think of your window as a pair of glasses.  Imagine that these glasses color what you see – which determines how you comprehend what it is that you see.   Each worldview comes with its own, different pair of glasses.

Remember the definition of what I see from my office window as I am writing this post?  What happened when I removed my glasses?  I saw differently and I had to interpret what I saw differently, didn’t I?  Now, if I had looked out of my window in the beginning without my glasses, do you think when I put them back on and looked again—perhaps I would have a different viewpoint (worldview) of what I was looking at?

Certainly I would!  I would be seeing the scene out my window from a different perspective (worldview)!

That presents the definition that we will use in this post and for several posts to come on this topic.  Let me now present to you the different worldviews that we will be considering for the next few blog posts.  I will now present them below.  In each future blog, we will consider each one of these 7 worldviews in more detail and bring several subsets into the mix as well.

Let’s look below at these worldviews now.

  1. Secular Humanism
  2. Cosmic Humanist –
  3. Post-Modernism —
  4. New Age –
  5. Marxist–
  6. Islam –
  7. Christianity –

Are there other worldviews out there?  To be sure, yes.  We will cover others as we go along.  These 7 major worldviews will provide the fodder we need in order to take a close look at worldviews in the 21st century and how they play out in vision casting for the rest of this century and beyond.

That’s it for this post and I look forward in interacting with you next time.  For now, look over the question below and please comment on it.  This will help direct the direction of future blogs as well as help guide the formation of the book, 21st Century Confusion: Finding Your Path to Hope and Purpose.

 

Question:  What current worldviews do you feel are having the most effect in politics, ethics, education, and leisure today?

How To Ruin God’s Work

Zach —  January 9, 2013 — Leave a comment

Thank you for stopping by to read my humble blog.  I have been working hard to get everything ready for this blog to offer something more than just more words on the internet.  I have a confession to make.  This morning, amid all of the hoopla of wrangling schedules, preparing sermon notes, etc…I had one of those moments of clarity that hits home…

I noticed something this morning. It was barely noticeable at first but as I began to let my mind decelerate and relax – it became more noticeable.

At first, it was akin to that feeling that something is just not quite right. It was something slightly familiar but just out of conscious reach, you know? Like the name of someone from your childhood.

Then it hit. It hit hard. It hit with that heart stopping bolt of adrenaline – flooding through the vascular system – shocking mind, body, and spirit into total focus and anguish. I was lonely!

In my quest to serve my savior, in my desire to reach out to others with His glorious message of truth, I had focused my attention upon the work – losing my focus on He that I was working for!

My first love was being replaced by the duty of my calling. I was focusing my complete attention and effort upon the advertisement rather than the product! I was relishing the sizzle at the expense of savoring the taste of the steak!

This has been a morning of awakening, confession, repentance, and introspection. My re-focus today is upon my priorities with Christ Himself, my personal relationship with Him, with Him being moved back to His rightful position at the top of my spiritual pyramid!

Before I progress any further on this blog, before I write one more post in relation to the planned book that God has called me to write, I first must concentrate upon my relationship Jesus, my savior.  He can’t be second in my desire to perpetuate His good news of the kingdom.  I lost the forest because of so many trees!

I back away for now to seek God’s face.

I humbly ask for your prayers today as I work on my most important of relationships…my Lord and my God!

Bless you.

Question:  Have you ever found yourself wandering through the forest of your faith and duty only to discover that you left your compass behind?

Blog: Take a Look!

Zach —  December 17, 2012 — Leave a comment

Hello and welcome to the first blog post for 21 century confusion.    My name is Zach Malott  and I have started blogging my new book, 21st Century Confusion: Finding Your Path to Hope and Purpose.  You, the reader, can have a critical part in its final structure by commenting on the various topics that I will blog about and will become the body of this book.

I decided to write this book to answer a current need.  That need is to gather together – in one volume – information and understanding of the various worldviews prevalent in the beginning of the 21st century in a non-academic format.  Worldview determines future.  Your future.  My future.

The finished book will be a handbook for 21st century evangelism – a book that will lead the lost through the different worldviews, help them identify their current worldview, and systematically lead them to the point where they can have the information that they need (the full gospel of Christ) so that the Holy Spirit can convict them of God’s truth, Jesus, the only way back to God!

Important information, don’t you agree?

The persons whose comments substantially influences the finished draft will be mentioned on a specially dedicated honor page in the book’s front matter with bio and photo. Those chosen will be at my sole discretion.

This book blog will drill down into the center of the confusion of 21st century worldviews in an attempt to discover order in the midst of chaos.

  • What is a worldview?
  • Could unreality be couched in your current worldview premise?
  • Can every worldview be true?
  • Is truth whatever we deem it to be?
  • What is your worldview?
  • Does it answer your questions about reality to your satisfaction?
  • What questions do you have about your worldview?

These and many other questions will be considered on this blog.  I invite you to join me in taking a look at the worldviews of the 21st century.  See how your worldview fits into the mix.  I invite you to join me in discovering the pros and cons of these worldviews.

This site is ready to begin delving into these concepts and the first post will appear in January, 2013. Please ask to be included above for notification of when the first blog post for 21st century confusion: Finding Your Path to Hope and Purpose is ready for your review.

You can register to receive an email when new posts are available and an occasional newsletter update about the book.  Just give me your email above in the upper right-hand corner.  This is all your email will be used for and your privacy is safe with me.

Thank you in advance for joining with me.  I need your help in making this book become a reality!  Please consider the question below:

Question:  “What would you consider important to discover in a book about finding a path to hope and purpose for you and your family in the 21st century?”