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Apologetics 1 - Worldviews

  1. 1. Apologetics Lesson 1: World Views
  2. 2. Why Apologetics?
  3. 3. Why Apologetics? ❖ 1 Peter 3:13 For who is going to harm you if you are devoted to what is good? But in fact, if you happen to suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. But do not be terrified of them or be shaken. But set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess...
  4. 4. Why Apologetics? ❖ ...Yet do it with courtesy and respect, keeping a good conscience, so that those who slander your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame when they accuse you. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if God wills it, than for doing evil. 1 Peter 3:13-16 (NET)
  5. 5. Why Apologetics? ❖ “...always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess...” ! ❖ The Greek word used for “give an answer” is α#ολογια. It means to give a defense.
  6. 6. Why Apologetics? ❖ Faith, on its own, is not enough.! ❖ Simple faith doesn’t enable us to defend the gospel, and make a well-reasoned case for Christ.! ❖ Faith and Truth! ❖ Truth and Love
  7. 7. Why Apologetics? ❖ The Needs of Evangelism have Changed:! ❖ Culture has shifted from valuing fact to experience. ! ❖ Can’t assume people have a christian woldview / values.! ❖ Atheists have gone on the offensive, writing books like The God Delusion, and The Blind Watchmaker.
  8. 8. Why Apologetics? ❖ High school students are leaving the faith but still attending church... until they go to college.! ❖ 40% of our students will stop attending church when they graduate. ! ❖ Studies show that most can’t articulate their beliefs.! ❖ “Moralistic-therapeutic-deism”
  9. 9. Why Apologetics? ❖ Doubts! ❖ Most will either have doubts, or know people who do.
  10. 10. Why Apologetics? ❖ You might think we don’t need to give reasons for our belief.! ❖ Why?
  11. 11. Why Apologetics? ❖ Knowing vs. Showing! ❖ “You ask me how I know he lives…
 He lives within my heart”
  12. 12. Objections to Christianity
  13. 13. Christians say that the Bible is true, but the original documents have never been found. You only have copies. You can’t know what it said originally, and yet you base your life off of these copies.
  14. 14. The Bible says in Genesis that the earth is 6,000 years old, but science has clearly shown that the universe is > 6 Billion years old. The Bible must be wrong.
  15. 15. Science clearly shows that life came about through evolution, but you claim that some intelligent God created everything.
  16. 16. Christians claim to be loving, but they oppose homosexuals and their equal rights and happiness. How is that loving?
  17. 17. Christians try to impose their moral standard on everyone, and they shouldn’t do that. Just because something is right for you, don’t mean it’s right for me.
  18. 18. God doesn’t exist because, if he did, there wouldn’t be evil, pain, or suffering. If God is all good and all powerful, he would have to prevent evil.
  19. 19. We can’t fully know if something is true. It might be true for you. Your faith experience might be true for you, but I have had my own experiences that show me what I know to be true.
  20. 20. Christians believe in the Trinity, which is 3 beings in 1 being. This is a logical contradiction similar to saying there is a “Square Circle”.
  21. 21. What is a world view?
  22. 22. What is a world view? ❖ “A world view is a set of beliefs about the most important issues in life.” -Ronald Nash! ❖ Everyone has a world view even if they cannot explain what it is.
  23. 23. World View Questions
  24. 24. Why is there something rather than nothing? What is the origin of the universe?
  25. 25. Is there a God?
  26. 26. What is the nature of Man?
  27. 27. What is the basis of ethics and morality?
  28. 28. Why is there evil and suffering?
  29. 29. How do you know that you know?
  30. 30. The Major World Views
  31. 31. The Major World Views ❖ Theism! ❖ Pantheism! ❖ Atheism (Naturalism)! ❖ Polythesim! ❖ Pluralism
  32. 32. The Major World Views ❖ Theism! ❖ Pantheism! ❖ Atheism (Naturalism)! ❖ Polythesim! ❖ Pluralism
  33. 33. The Major World Views ❖ Theism! ❖ There is one God who was and is involved in live in a personal way.! ❖ Examples: Islam, Judaism, Christianity
  34. 34. The Major World Views ❖ Pantheism! ❖ Everything is God.! ❖ Think Star Wars and the “Force”.! ❖ Knowledge is getting in touch with the cosmic consciousness. “Enlightenment”.
  35. 35. The Major World Views ❖ Atheism / Naturalism! ❖ There is no God.! ❖ This is a claim.! ❖ Material things are all that exist.! ❖ Life has no purpose.
  36. 36. The Major World Views ❖ Polytheism! ❖ “Many gods”! ❖ Example: Mormonism, Hinduism! ❖ Popular in Ancient times - Greeks, Egyptians, and other Near-East Peoples
  37. 37. The Major World Views ❖ Pluralism! ❖ Cafeteria-style religion - Mix and Match! ❖ Find what works for you.! ❖ All “ways” to god are equally valid.
  38. 38. Theism Pantheism Naturalism (Modernism) Pluralism (Postmodernism) God Personal Impersonal Non-existent Non-existent World Creation Spiritual Evolution Evolution Man Like God Is God Like Animals Like Animals Immortality Resurrection Reincarnation Annihilation Annihilation Reincarnation Destiny Glorification Absorption Extinction Extinction Authority Divine Revelation Spiritual Enlightenment Human Reason Culture Truth Absolute Personal Objective/Science Relative/Cultural Evil Rebellion/Sin Illusion Ignorance Culturally Defined History Linear Cyclical Chaotic Re-Defined
  39. 39. Why Should We Identiy A Person's Worldview?
  40. 40. Examples
  41. 41. What if You Had Been Raised a Muslim?
  42. 42. Homosexuality is something that just happens.
  43. 43. Teaching evolution, instead of ID
  44. 44. “You only go around once in life, so go for all the gusto you can.”
  45. 45. There’s nothing wrong with abortion.
  46. 46. School children from under-privileged homes committing vandalism.
  47. 47. How Should You Choose a World View?
  48. 48. Choose What Is true, Not What Feels Best.
  49. 49. Summary
  50. 50. Summary ❖ Apologetics! ❖ Fulfill Biblical Command! ❖ Aid in Evangelism! ❖ Combat Doubt
  51. 51. Summary ❖ Worldviews! ❖ Should explain reality! ❖ Should answer life’s most difficult questions! ❖ Should be chosen based on truth, not feeling/ preference.
  52. 52. Brian@BrianSeagraves.com