Musings 118

1 Thessalonians 4:13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope.

Eph 2:12 remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.

Job 19:25 “As for me, I know that my Redeemer lives, And at the last He will take His stand on the earth. 26 “Even after my skin is destroyed, Yet from my flesh I shall see God; 27 Whom I myself shall behold, And whom my eyes will see and not another. My heart faints within me!

1 Corinthians 15:19 If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied.

A worldview can be defined as a set of beliefs through which we view the world and the events that happen in the world. It is a basic set of beliefs that our minds work to conform all events and other events to fit. A worldview can also be said to determine how we view and interpret events. This is a view that explains a lot of how the world operates and how it is that people can see the same event and yet interpret it so differently. This also shows us how a true Christian will view the world so differently from non-Christians and how professing Christians who are not true Christians can see the world just like non-professing Christians (unbelievers).

The true Christian views those who die in a certain way and the non-Christian most likely will view them in a different way. In the United States there are many, many people who think that there is a heaven and a hell, but they seem to think that all nice people or basically good people will end up in heaven. The only people that seem to be consigned to hell in their view are those who disagree with them. There are also those believe that all people will end up in a good place, though they don’t necessarily think it is heaven. Then there are those who believe that when people die they pass into non-existence and it is over. Of course there are those who believe in reincarnation, but that is really just another system of denying hell or works for a better life.

If should be readily seen that a different belief will lead to a different life. However, it is not just a minor belief that guides the life, but instead it must be the major belief. Of course Christians are not just guided by a set of beliefs as such, but they are guided by the life of Christ in them. The very life of the believer is Christ who dwells in them. But what must be seen as behind acts of violence and acts of terrorism are beliefs about a higher power and of life after death. It is also clear that those who die as a result of acts of terror or violence will be thought of as innocent or good or something on that order.

It is also the case that those who view those who die have beliefs about life and death that guide how they view people and events. Those who grieve as those who have no hope are really grieving for themselves. One can hear people interviewed who have had those close to them die and all they can talk about is how much this has hurt them and caused them pain and what a loss it is. It is true that some talk about what a loss it was to others because a person of promise was taken.

But where is the basic belief of a sovereign God in all of this? Religion does little good in times of distress, but only a true hope in the living God stands in the times of distress and trial. While people go around in their religious acts with some acknowledgment that there is an existence after death, that is not a firm hope in the living and sovereign God who holds all things, events, and beings in His sovereign hands. Those who are truly separate from Christ, regardless of their profession, have no real hope and live without God in the world.

While the politicians talk about serving humanity and doing good as the heart and unifier of their religions, the Christian must stand firm against that sort of thing. It is not doing good and it is not serving humanity which demonstrates true religion, it is loving God and having the true God manifest His glory through Christ who dwells in His people that does. The life of Christ dwelling in the believer changes the believer and only the believer can be a worker of true good in the world because only the true believer can truly love (I John 4:7-8). All the works of the unbeliever are simply acts of hate toward God who is the greatest good. How can acts that do not come from God and point to God who is the greatest good for people be good for people? Christ is the only true hope for any person or the world at large.

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