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1. The Adventist Worldview: What's Shared

Andy Im

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Andy Im

Associate Director for the Dept of Public Campus Ministries in the Michigan Conference. Director of the Institute of Adventist Apologetics for C.A.M.P.U.S. 

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  • December 31, 2015
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This message was presented at the Jew I see twenty fifteen come from the cold. Chosen for other resources like this visit us online at W W W G Y C web. It will give it another minute or so. As people are walking in and trying to get to their meetings. By the way just as a show of hands how many of you for you is this your first Jew I see ever OK So quite a bit of you OK. And how many of you have been to two or more G Y C S OK so it's about about fifty fifty fifty there. That's good to know. Are you enjoying it does far. By the way for the newcomers. A man praise God for his god. Well it looks like it's about time. And so will go ahead and get started just before we have a word of prayer I want to share a little bit about who I am I My name is Andy am. I work in the department of campus ministries. For the Michigan conference. Some of you may know it by campus the Center for adding this ministry to public university students. I work with Israel Ramos who actually founded. As well as Justin Kim. They're both colleagues that we work together. And also some of you may also know. And so we have a really a privilege to to work together. By the way I have up here my contact information if you have any questions or comments in regards to anything you hear. Feel free to send me an e-mail and I may not answer it that day. But I'll certainly get to responding to you so just want to make note of that before I move forward. We work with. Around seven or eight major public. Campus. Secular universities in the state of Michigan. To work of in reach. Right strengthening the faith of our admin is to dance but also a work of outreach and trying to impact those campuses with the everlasting gospel. And so that's a little bit about who I am. Let's go ahead and get started. So we can delve right. Into this very important topic. The ad. Aben its world view. What shared. That's power heads for it word of prayer. How many Father we thank you so much for the privilege to worship here. And to learn together. We think you so much for the morning message. We think you so much for getting us here safely. And as we begin this seminar season. Just want to pray that your Holy Spirit would flood. Not just this seminar. But every seminar. And also the reaches beyond when those who listen to it on audio verse and other venues. We just pray that your spirit will speak not just to their hearts. But also to the very minds. And we think you Lord. We would we want to ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen. All right so we're our topic for this morning is the admin it's worldview. What's shared. Meaning what we share in common with other Christians. Lips and. My emphasis is going to going to be stressing the importance. And the need of developing a worldview and being intentional about that. And what I mean is to establish a belief system. Right have a system of believe that forms your world view. And when discussed today the grim bits we have with Christians broadly. And then move towards. What an ad than a swirl do you might look like. I want to point your attention to a book that I was reading her name is Nancy Pearcey and. This individual. Name is Bill Witter min. He said he lost his faith. Add an evangelical college he lost his faith at an evangelical college and. Bill with them in is actually a congressional chief of staff or one of the congressmen. And what he said was very enlightening he said that his professors. Fail to relate biblical understandings and assumptions. To the subject matter that was being caught. And so for example when you have when you teach subjects like English when you teach the humanities. The social sciences like sociology. And so forth. What he stated was the professors fail to relate scripture. To the content that they were learning. In these other disciplines. Oftentimes it's very natural to do that in the sciences. But it was not done. In those classes in particular. And that's a problem because it's in those classes that you begin to formulate a sense of identity. A sense of meaning and your place within the world in your calling in it. And so he ended up becoming an atheist. Because he came to the conclusion that Christianity had no intellectual foundation. Christianity had no intellectual foundation but praise God. He's not an advantage but he ended up studying his way back to God and he read authors like C.S. Lewis and Francis Shaffer Alvan putting William Craig. Some of the popular apologists that are out there he studies his way back to God and eventually began. Became a Christian and Nancy Pearcey spoke with him and shared his his testimony to her. I was reading an article in the land tech. So you have this Christian foundation that. Interviewed college. Non-believers. About how and why they left religion. And some surprising. Themes emerge and by the way this study was conducted from your small local community colleges. All the way on to the Harvard's and the Yales and the Stanfords of the world. OK. So it was very very broad study. And it's very interesting. Some of the conclusions that came out of the study. If you notice here Phil one of the things he says is that church became all about ceremony. Handholding and Coombe idea. By the way is there anything wrong with whom by are absolutely not I mean I love that song it has a lot of meaning to me as a kid singing Kumbaya. But this was the problem it was just ceremony. Handhold again. He said with a look of disgust. I missed my old used. Pastor. He actually knew the Bible. He actually knew the Bible. Goes on to say fill this. Now atheist. Was once the president of his Methodist churches youth group. He loved his church. He loved his pastor. And most of all his youth leader. Jim Jim's Bible studies were particularly meaningful to him he admired the fact that Jim. Didn't dodge. The tough chapters or the tough questions. We're going to be dealing with some really really tough questions would you do with the claims that God committed genocide. When he commanded him to his people to wipe out the Canaanites. Those are tough questions. And oftentimes what we do and I don't want to say too much as we we sweep those under our holy rugs right. And then we had these these this built up. NX that builds and builds and lot of time didn't reaches a point. A threshing point where we can tip over to the other side and become atheist so it's very important we don't dodge. Is tough questions and chapters and Jim. Didn't do that he didn't always have satisfying answers fills or answers at all but he didn't run away from the questions either by the way this is was published in two thousand and thirteen not too long ago. Goes on to say. This article. As a narrative developed. It became clear where things came apart for Phil. During his junior year of high school. The Church. In an effort to attract more young people wanted Jim to teach less. And to play more friends now. And then let me say this as a qualifier. Is there anything wrong with plain. Absolutely not. We need to have fun to build community. But it can't be the be all and the end all of church. Difference of opinion over this new strategy led to Jim's dismissal. He was replaced by Savannah an attractive twenty something. Again. Is there something wrong with being here interactive. You see I don't have that problem. And so you know I don't have that struggle. But there's nothing wrong with being attractive. Right. But notice. What the emphasis is hears that is to teach less to play more. And according to Phil. She didn't know anything about the Bible. The church got what it wanted the youth croupe the youth group. Grew. But what happened. It lost. Phil. And this is the problem that's taking place in churches. Not just in the administration churches but in churches across the United States illustrated here fill story why unique in its parts. Was on the whole typical of the stories we would hear from students across the country. Slowly a composite sketch of American college age atheists. Began to emerge. And it would challenge. All that we thought we knew about this demographic. Here is what we learned. There are several things number one that they had once attended church. Most of the participants had not chosen the. Not because of an appeal to atheism. Per se but Christianity itself. That was the first point that they concluded with the second was that the mission and the message of their churches. Was very vague one of the reasons why I really appreciate this year's theme for Jew Y C is that it's very explicit that our church has a very clear mission. And a very clear message to take to the world. And I believe that's very very crucial to form an identity as a Seventh Day Adventist question. But I don't want to jump ahead. So they had no mission or the mission in the message of their churches. Was very very big Jesus was just a slogan. A mascot. So to speak. Number three. They felt their churches offered superficial. Answers to life's difficult questions. Notice where the says and just bear with me in this. Reading here says when our participants were asked what they found. I'm convinced thing about the Christian faith. They spoke of evolution vs creation. Sexuality. The reliability of the Biblical text that's money that was something I struggled with Jesus as the only way. Etc Some had gone to church hoping to find answers to these questions. Others hope to find answers to questions of personal significance and purpose and ethics. Serious minded. They often concluded that church services were largely shallow. Harmless. And ultimately irrelevant as Ben an engineering major at the University of Texas so bluntly put it. I really started to get bored with church. It's really interesting that he got bored. Because church was fun. Did you catch that. He got bored with church because they tried to make it about fun meaning that it had no meaning no sense of calling and destiny. For his life he did not offer that to him. Number four they expressed their respect even though they were atheists. They were expressed their respect for those ministers who took the Bible seriously and five. And this is very very important especially if you're an academy. Teacher or you're a parent with children in high school. They notice that. Ages fourteen to seventeen. Were decisive. Ages fourteen to seventeen. Were very decisive by the way just as a show of hands how many of you are in the range of fourteen to seventeen in this room. So we have I don't know about ten. I would say about ten and I'm being a little generous while this is generation. Youth. Christ. But our demographics getting a little older and older Actually we go up to thirty five. Technically. So. But parents we need to listen up. Ages fourteen to seventeen. Were decisive number six. The decision to embrace unbelief was often. Coupled with in a motional factor. Right. So there. They had issues with their. Their father. They had issues with their mother who were cramming religion down their throat. Or they were living a life of hypocrisy. There were other factors that added to the more intellectual component. This one I find very interesting. If you noticed that. That demographic. Ages fourteen to seventeen. Where are they getting their information. Lot of their content with are getting it from the Internet. Right so the internet factored heavily into their conversion to atheism. So if you go to Youtube you go to various websites as a lot of trash out there. And a lot of competition of ideas lot of competing ideas out there and it and all it takes is clicking on one link. And you can be led in a direction towards atheism. So you probably are getting the picture here. And are seeing the challenge that we're confronted with as. Nancy Pearcey by the way she the world view. Specialist. She says this is a picture of Stan Harvard. At every turn from the classroom to the workplace to the Internet. Ideas contrary to Christianity. Are clamoring for our allegiance. And that's why it is so important for us as Christians. A Seventh Day Adventist Christians. To have a world view. I want to share a biblical passage here in new chapters and verses ten versus twenty five twenty six. And through twenty eight. And you know the verse very well so the lawyer put Jesus. To the test saying. Teacher. What shall I do to inherit eternal life. And Jesus said to him. What is written in the law. And this man answered You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. And with all your ma and and Jesus said to him. You have answered correctly. Do this and you will live. I'm going to do a little bit of blasting this morning. Right. I think we ask Tristian as ADD than this. We do a very good job in emphasizing the. The devotional life and rightly so we need to add devotions every morning to be reading Scripture. To be communicating with God in nature that stress is giving. God all our heart and all our soul. In our devotion to him. And also in our strength with all the capacities of health that we have as young people to go out and do the work of evangelism. That is very very crucial. And very important. But what often happens in our church is that we deemphasized or we minimize the importance of solidifying a biblical understanding of Scripture and a worldview. That's also intellectually sound. Coherent and grounded in something that you can hear you and I can hang our hat on and it's not just the distinctive there's there's much more about Adventism and Christianity. That we need to develop as a system of truth. So that we can see. So that when. When we go out into the world. We have a system that. That answers the questions that were bombarded with. So I want to emphasize that. That we also need to love God with all our mind as well. One other point that I want to say to this. And that is this we often think that. That when we study about God. You study about God Soli in the areas of theology and more ality and ethics. Right. And what has happened in our society is is this that we have kind of separated. Various disciplines of life so for example you study about God in philosophy and theology but when it comes to sociology. When it comes to in glitch. When it comes to these other subject matters. Even in our own church. Institutions. We are feeling right and this is not a criticism. Per se I'm not here to knock the church I work for the church I'm a part of the institution. Myself. But I think what we're failing to do is to engage those disciplines. With a world view that's immersed in Scripture. And the Spirit of Prophecy. And that's one of the reasons why so many of our young people are leaving the church because when they go out and studied this. These disciplines. In other arenas and not in other areas. They are left without a way to decipher and navigate through these these ideas and assumptions that really are are opposite to the biblical worldview. Charles Malik puts it this way. The problem. And I understand that this can be a A controversial. And I posted it on Facebook and. And I got some interaction there are the problem is not only to win souls. But to save. Minds. And the typical avenues for Spawn's will be. Hey no it's all about evangelism it's all about saving souls. Well. It is but that also involves the capturing. And the the settling of the mind. Into truth so that a kidnapping moved right. He goes on to say. If you win the whole world. But lose the mind of the world. You will this soon discover that you have not won the world. You have not won the world. Think about it this way there is a lot of people. And I again I want to be very careful with what I say a lot of us. Go to we learn the Bible text in the doctrines. And we go out there and do a lot of work without truly being grounded in the understanding of those things that we're teaching and. It's very important that that we're very mindful of that. So what is a world view we've been talking a lot about worldviews. This is one way to put it. World Views are like bellybuttons by the way notice I have a lot of backdrop. Pictures on a lot of this life I I thought it would be inappropriate to put a belly button. On the sly that I think you'll appreciate that. I don't think there's a such the thing as a good looking. Belly button. So world views are like belly buttons. Everyone has one but we don't talk about the very. That's very true. Would views have been like into reading glasses. How many of you have sunglasses with the where they call a polarization. How many of you have like. Look through a polarized sunglass and just and you see things that you would not see otherwise. A world view is like that especially when it's new wants and grounded in truth. You're able to see things about the world that. Otherwise he would not be able to see. And a give you a way of interpret ing it we're going to talk a little bit more about that. Another way of framing a world view. It's a framework or set a fundamental believes through which we view the world and our calling and our future in it. And what are some of the features and qualities. Well firstly it's. It's largely pre theoretical or presuppositional. Another words. You have a lot of assumptions about life that you don't intentionally think about every time you make a decision. It's just but it's a part of the process of how you view the world and other words it's what we think with. It's not what we think about right so let me let me just give you an example of this. You're in this room. Right. Are you. You're in this room right. And we know we're in this room but how do you really know. Oh. That you're in this room. Right. Empiricist today. Will question whether. What is taking place right now is in fact really happening that's how crazy. Philosophy is getting right it started with Descartes I'm going to talk a little bit about it later where the in a movie was actually kind of framed after some of his philosophy. If you seen the movie The Matrix right. It's like you're going through reality. And yet it's not really real right. And philosophers have concluded that outside of a biblical worldview you really cannot prove that what we're going through right now is really real. And so we assume that you never think about. You know. No this is really real. Because yeah. God created the heavens and the earth and. Because he's created and he created stuff that that. And I believe that therefore when I see and talk to my friend Jonathan Walter back there. I'm actually talking to Jonathan Walter. How many of you have ever gone through that thought process before. In your life. OK I do see a couple of hands. Right. And so typically we don't think about that and so that's what we mean by this statement it's what we think with not what we think about. That's what worldviews are composed of these assumptions. A world views. Is best expressed through either a narrative we're going to talk about that a little bit. Or in a set of propositions. And its purpose. In case a what's the purpose of the world of adding and incorporating and be intentional about it worldview. Well. When you commit yourself to a certain vision of reality. It's going to become your alter man explainer. When you commit yourself to a certain vision of reality. It becomes your ultimate explainer. Then we give you an example. Right. When you and I see death and destruction when we see ISIS. Bombing and killing and murdering people. Right. We typically view those events through a world view by the way all of you have a world view. You just don't necessarily know they know that you do. But we all have these assumptions. And typically as Bible believing Christians and Seventh Day Adventists. When we look at the state in the condition of this world. When we see evil. Going on and I'm going to talk about that in more detail later on but one of the ways that we interpret. Why these things are happening. Is through because of the sin of Adam. That because Adam. Introduce in into this world. Right. We now are living in a less than ideal state of affairs. And that is one of the reasons why we see some of the measuring self and destruction and measure that. Going on today so when you commit yourself to a vision of reality it becomes your ultimate explainer. It also provides a meaning. Provides meaning. Direction and a sense of destiny. To your live. So in other words. If you identify yourself as as as as a part of the eschatological or end time. Remnant church. Right. That will provide a certain sense of meaning to your life right. We have a mission that mission is to take the everlasting Gospel to every nation. Tongue and people so it gives us a purpose. And then we have a message the three engines messages. Right. So a world view is very important in providing a sense of calling a sense of destiny. To one's life. It also helps you to live a life. And view reality. That's consistent with the Biblical framework. World Views. Largely determine people's opinions on matters of ethics and politics how many of you are have been reading the news lately and seeing just ish. And we're just bombarded with Issue after issue where there is the environment or whether it's abortion same sex relationships. The public education. Economic policy foreign aid the use of military force we could add torture. To that the issue of Kuantan I'm obey. Should we close it kick should we keep it open. It goes on the environmentalist animal rights. Genetic enhancement some new studies have come out. What they can do with genes that. That has some Rafiq ramifications. That's in the discussion in the scientific community. Almost every major if you of the day. And your opinion on it depends on your underlying worldview. More than anything else. By the way a funny story. That word euthanasia. When I was there hate to admit if the now of of that really in college by that time. And and a nursing student came to me and said hey what do you think about euthanasia. And I was like the euthanasia. And she was like Yeah the euthanasia. And I was like. I think the euthanasia are doing really. I think they're doing fine. You know I think they're doing great. And you know I'm actually a horse the youth pastor that shows you that I was probably the savannah. But I was an attractive. I just didn't know anything. Anyway. And so I said I think the youth Adventists they're avid Ansen a show of the youth I think they're doing good. There are great and. And she said oh no euthanasia and then she went on to explain what Euthanasia means. And I was very humbled and embarrassed for a couple of weeks. So surprised from a god God worked in marvelous ways to keep us from all does any and praise. Praise him for that. But I want to I want to share something else right. For example a big controversial issue and I don't want to get into all the politics of it lets this. That's just the Vorse yourself from the politics of it. And look at enviro the environment. As as an issue. As a Biblical issue is the environment something that we as Bible believing Christians should aim to preserve and protect. Absolutely I mean if you go to Genesis chapter one twenty six right. The Bible says let them have dominion over the earth. Genesis Chapter two fifteen says God took the man and put him in the garden. To work it. And to keep it or to maintain it. Right to it in other words God placed a responsibility on human beings. To care for the earth. So protecting the environment. Outside of all the politics and the Geneva this and the meetings and conferences. Outside of all of that. It is a biblical concept. And so we have to understand that and ensure that our positions on these. I don't do NOT come from any news agency that they're not from M S N B C or Fox News or C.N.N. or Rush Limbaugh or. And the list can go on and on and on and needs to be formed. And grounded in the Word of God. Period. And I believe that that is one of the struggles that we are facing today. Another example would be the issue of guns right I'm not going to get into the whole. You know hey. If you if you own a gun at M I have asked my God my wife. Can ask a gun anything. I've asked my wife hey can I get a gun. And just you know it's just there's a lot of people who own guns and so when my friend was like. You should get one asked my wife and she's from Canada. And you know there are like socialists out there and you know she was like. Absolutely not and thorough you know that settled the question are never going to own a gun in my life. But there was once a time in the reason why bring that up is that there was once a time in the administration where we had a very strong position growing up this notion of non-combatant see. Right. This is this notion that. That administering we join the military that. That more often than not we are not going to bear on arms. And therefore many avenues went into the military but they they gauge in other areas like as physicians and and nurses and so forth and so there was once a time where that was really the status quo. Of the church. But I do believe that that the. The climate of today has has shifted. The position of many and been is on that issue. And so and you may disagree with me and that's fine I'm not I'm not God. And the sharing my own personal opinion. But certainly you can agree that very often the media is shaping us more than it should. And that's the point that I want to make with that. So what is the Christian world view what is actually shared with the broader community. I want to offer an as I mentioned before it's often expressed as an unfolding. Narrative world views are often expressed as an unfolding. Narrative in there is typically for central events or themes that all of Christianity including Seventh Day Adventists hang their hat on and that is the creation which is an event in history. The fall of man. Right. And then you have redemption. And then you have restoration Abin sometimes called glorification. And so these four theme to line ever mentioned with actual historical events. And they are very pivotal and very important. As a framework. In a stablish in our world view. So for example. How do these events. And how do these these these concepts. Impact the way we view. Reality and the world. Well firstly creation. You are not derive our sense of identity. Our sense of who we all are from the fact that we are created in the image of God. Right. And so that informs us. Of with a sense of who we are at the very core we are created beings and created by God. The Fall. Provides a sense of why the things or. The way they are today I shared that a little bit earlier. Why evil and measuring the exist in this world by the way that only one component of that we're going to delve really deeply into that subject matter. And if you're planning on coming to that seminar where I were ideal. With this question of of these claims that only a pervert God. What allowed them are measuring. And the suffering. And the evil that we're seeing today. And for as long as we have been seeing it. Only a perverse God would permit that. These are claims that are being made by the. What's called the new atheists. For individuals one of them is is now dead. But the new atheist or leveling these criticisms against Christianity broadly. So the fall. Provides a sense of why things are the way they are today. And then redemption or the crosse explains the means by which God is going to make things better. The means through which he is going to restock war. What's what's what's happened with the fall back to the creation. Ideal. So the redemption is the means. And of course restoration and glorification is the all to meant. Goal. Or the ultimate destiny. That God has in store for all of Christianity. By the way. Seventh Day Adventist Christians as well as the broader evangelical community. Agree on the four pivotal events in history. I also mention that a worldview can be expressed as a set of beliefs and a well rounded worldview typically involves a belief or unbelief. About God that He exists for Christians that he exists as a personal. All powerful loving God and your belief in God in turn. Impacts your beliefs on on on everything else. Right so your belief that because God is the creator. That he created this world. And so the reality we're experiencing now is really real. Because God said it was so. And he also said that it was good. We believe that because Scripture informs us. Of that right. So. So it informs our belief about reality it also informs us. In terms of our knowledge right because we are created in the image the very image of God and God being a god of reason. Has also gifted us with the privilege of utilizing our knowledge Armand. As we observe reality. And the things that he has made. And the conclusions and the truth that we derive from our observations or are in fact true that they or I should say. They can be true. Sometimes we make false. Sometimes our logic is not always one hundred percent right. It also informs us in terms of our morality. Right or sense of right and wrong. Bible believing Christians believe that there is a universal objective. Right and wrong meaning a right and wrong. Which is true whether you live here on planet earth or whether you live. You know on some planet where in a quiz walking around some time ago. So so that there is the existence of morality. And then of course it informs us. In regards to humankind or humanity itself. Who we are and what we are were not derived from monkeys over eons and eons of years. We are created beings. Made in the image of God. I want to share something. In regards to reality and knowledge and. How do we know I kind of jumped ahead. A little while ago. But I want to sport this just a little bit how do we know that an external world. Even exists. Can you prove it. Right. They cart. Essentially came to a point where he said. You really can't prove it because there is no way that you and I can go outside of ourselves. And then view us. And see that it's really there and say yes. Reality is real. Right there's no way of doing that. And in the illustration by the way I had to read Day card. As a political science major eon the go. North Carolina. And I remember studying and he. And he said this he said you know when you have dreams for example. Sometimes you have dreams. And they appear to be so real right. And. And so it's so real that how many of you have ever woken up from a dream and it was so intense. And so real to you that you actually had to check and see if your brother was really dead or you know or. You know his arm really got chopped off. And I just had a dream recently where that happened where I think. I think my wife's. God dismembered. And I remember waking up in panic and thinking my my wife had a missing limb. And I had to go and check her out and praise God that. He was there. And so he goes on to say hey you know. If dreams can be so real then even the reality we're experiencing it appears so real pull you can't really really prove that right. And so this question is raise an answer Pierce is a Christian a conservative evangelical Christian. She asked this question how do we know that an external world even exist. The most radical and person said Mitt that given the premises. We cannot know. There is no way to rule out the possibility that we are characters in The Matrix. Plugged into some supercomputer. That is creating the illusion of a physical world. How many of you before I go any further have been confronted with ideas like this before. OK so I do see if you go to a secular university certainly will be confronted with ideas like this. OK. And is very it can be very appealing to the mind. The only adequate basis for a confidence. She says is the Biblical teaching that there is a creator who designed our mental capacities to function reliably in the world that he has created the doctrine of creation is to piss to my logical guarantee a right that word has to do it the study of knowledge the doctrine of creation is the epistomological guarantee that the constitution of our human faculties. Conforms to the structure of the physical world. She concludes and says This humans are made in God's image and as evidence we can agree with us humans are made in God's image. Human reason. Has be high dignity of reflecting the divine reason. Christianity thus affirms the reliability of human. Cognitive capacities. Without becoming rationalistic. And turning reason. Into a god. I really really appreciate that quote there. And by the way. I don't want to pick on any particular discipline. But there is one area in the academic world where it's perceived that you do not need. God in order to arrive at sound. Conclusions. What area. Would that be. I am hearing it but you're not brave enough that the math and science. Right. It's assumed that hey you do need God in theology. You do need God when it comes to ethics but when it comes to science. Right. When it comes to science. We do not need God our mind and our reason is sufficient. In and of itself and. I would like to suggest that I I want to say this very very carefully and qualify it someone. But the scientific method is a method. That leaves God out of the picture. Number one in some sense. It is the equivalent of the historical critical methodology of interpret scripture where theologians leave God. The assumptions that God even exists and that is real out of the picture when they interpret scripture. Isn't it odd that there are theologians who are atheists. But in fact. That's true. Right. Many a great many of atheists. I mean. Theologians or actually atheists. And what we have to understand that when we truly have a biblical world view that. Even when we engage in science. Even when we engage in sociology. Even when we engage in English that god. And the notion of God must be a part of what we study. It must be included. At the very level of our assumptions and and. Even our process. In deriving truth. Ministry of healing page for thirty eight. Reason must acknowledge an authority Sapir ear. To itself. Hard and intellect must bow to the Great. I am minister of healing page four thirty eight. One of the greatest evils that attends the quest for knowledge. The investigations of science is the disposition to exalt human reasoning above its true value. And its proper sphere. They endevor to determine the nature and attributes and Parag it is of God and indulge in speculative theories. And this can be pursued. Only at the peril of one's soul. Only at the peril of one's soul. As we conclude we're going to end a little bit early for this. I just want to make an application and bear in mind that what we're stablish in here. Number one is the need the necessity to be intentional about developing a world view. Right and understanding. We will inform how we interpret the world and give meaning. And a sense of direction. And a calling in not just in church life. But in the workplace and in every aspect of life. Having a Christian worldview is not just about answering. Intellectual questions. It also means following biblical principles. In the personal and practical Spears of life. Christians can be infected by secular world view. Not only in their beliefs. But also in their practices. You know when you look at various ministries. For example. And methods that we utilize to advertise. Right where we gain our techniques. Where do we gain our methods will we typically gain our methods. And our techniques from the world. Right. And oftentimes we don't filter. Those methods. Right through the principles of scripture. Right. We just take it for granted. And it's merely of and even evangelism. Has a simply become a matter of looking at statistic you know if you hand out so many. For every thousand handbills you you mail out you're going to get like what a couple percent. One or two percent is that I don't know there are some evangelists in here. I forget what the exact numbers are. If they were there what one or two percent. Adam. Point OK. So for every thousand handbills that you hand out you get point. Not even a person. Right. Not even a person. And so what we often do is we simply rely on statistics and methods and we follow. And I'm not saying that's a bad thing. Right it's. It's good to be informed on our business practices and know what the stats are. And the research and so forth. I'm not saying that that's a bad thing. But what I am saying is that when we engage in any enterprise. We have to make sure that we are number one trusting in God. And number two that our methods are consistent with the principles of God. Right. And for example what's really big today's media was just talking to one of the gentleman de Casper is his name. He's he has a medium in history. And he wants. He was sharing his passion for a medium in ministry. He is Sherri was I was buying that we shared our presentations. Last night. And he was saying and I was really impressed what he was saying to say we need to do media. In a way that's that's grounded in the principles of scripture. And having said that. Media is a great deed for the Seventh Day Adventist Church wouldn't you agree with that. That media is truly rightly utilized. Can be a very very effective tool to spread the gospel to this world. Think about the principles of scripture the vents that we talked about. And the core beliefs of Christianity. And does it inform. Why you want to be a doctor. Why you want to be a lawyer. Does it inform how you practice law. Does that inform how you plan your day. All these things are biblical worldview. Must and should inform. Every aspect and component of our life. This is my prayer. And I pray that it is also your wish and your desire. And let's go ahead and stand as we close out this session with a word of prayer. And by the way. The next session. The next section will deal with the admin is world view. Not what shared but will be going through what's distinctive to Adventism. That's powerhead for what a prayer Heavenly Father. We thank you so much for revelation. What we call special revelation that comes in the form of the Word of God. We also thank you for the Holy Spirit. That speaks to our hearts. That speaks to our minds that speaks to every faculty of our being we pray that we will devote ourselves in our devotional life. In prayer and study of your word. Having said that we pray that will be responsible or to help us to dig into scripture. The work of studying the Bible is not just for the pastor. It's not just for the theologians the Bible was given to all of mankind so that all of us. Like the farmer Miller. William Miller. Study the Word of God we pray that it will be our diligence study that we might be subtle and grounded in the truth. We thank you Lord. We ask this in the name of this message was recorded at the G Y C twenty fifteen conference called chosen in Louisville Kentucky. You I see. Supporting Ministry of a Seventh Day Adventist Church. Seeks to inspire young people to be bible based priced centered. 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