TURNING WATER INTO WINE(Pt. 3)

“Hear this! The days are coming-[this is] the Lord’s declaration- when the plowman will overtake the reaper and the one who treads grapes,the sower of seed. The mountains will drip with sweet wine, and all the hills will flow [with it].” (Amos 9:13 HCSB)

As we move towards the conclusion of this Age, there is an increasing onslaught on the faith of God’s people. This should come as no surprise as “Satan knows he has but a short time”. He hates everything that is of God, especially His people, those that name the Name of the LORD ( Jew or Gentile). One of the desperate ways he seeks to defeat and overthrow God’s plans is to pervert a true view of the world in which we live. Our World-View not only affects our eternal destiny, but our present choices today.

WHAT IS A WORLDVIEW?

A worldview is the certain “set of lenses” by which we view the world around us and make decisions accordingly. To understand a persons’ worldview is to understand “Where they are coming from”. And if I understand where a person is coming from I can tell you where they are going in life. Worldview supposes three basic ideas: One: Origin–How did human beings get here? This is a question of our beginnings and existence. Two: What has happened to the human race? As we contemplate the continual upsurge of wickedness, evil in the world, and the continual lack of world peace, we know something is broken. Three: How can we fix what is obviously broken? What answers can we find to offer a solution for mankind on the brink of self-destruction.

FOUR BASIC VIEWS

There are four basic Worldviews. Each have their own subsequent conclusions about the origin of life, the problem with life, and the how to fix the problem. The first worldview is the NATURAL WORLDVIEW. This view says, in essence,” We are here by chance. The explanation of man’s existence is by random causes. ‘There is no God’. Everything around me can be explained by natural causes. Therefore, if I can’t see it, feel it, taste it, touch it, smell it…it doesn’t exist. There is no ‘Here after’. And because there is no hereafter, I only live for here and now…The pleasure or gratification of the moment. “What’s in it for me?”,Survival of the fitess”, ‘Never mind about its consequences (or Who it may hurt!)”…Our modern day secular media slogan says it all…”YOU DESERVE THIS”. With the NATURAL WORLDVIEW as a framework for living there is nothing to be fixed…only consumed.

The second worldview is what I call the CARNAL WORLDVIEW. This view in essence holds the position that “There is more to life than meets the eye. There is a heaven and hell. And I believe there is some sort of ‘super-natural , higher power that has caused all of ‘This’ to exist. But we are left to make the best of life we can. Our ‘good deeds’ and our ‘bad deeds’ will be weighed in the end to determine whether we ‘Go to heaven’. And, to over simplify this mindset, “I am basically a good person. Religion has nothing to do with it”. “If it feels good–DO IT…as long as it doesn’t hurt someone else”.

The third worldview is what I call our WESTERN THEOLOGICAL WORLDVIEW. It announces, “I believe in a personal God Who is responsible for the created universe. Human beings are here by God’s choice, not by chance. There is a heaven, and there is a hell. God has made a way of ‘escaping hell’ and ‘entering heaven’…By believing in this God we will ‘go to heaven’ …when we die.” This view has been the norm for many, “Heaven is the goal…one day I’m going to heaven’. This is a faith-based view which is great but far too often, it falls short of God’s goal for our lives. It can put all the stress of belief in the “Here after” without a consideration for how we live “Here and Now”. And without the proper framework we become out of balance in our living. I suggest one more Worldview, which is more scripturally accurate, the worldview called THE KINGDOM OF GOD.

THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN

The kingdom of God (or the kingdom of heaven) is what John the Baptist proclaimed and called people to repent and prepare for it. Jesus, God’s Son, comes forth upon John’s arrest and proclaims, “Repent. The kingdom of God is here’’(or ’’is in your midst’’). ‘‘Repent and believe the gospel’’. Then Jesus began to both demonstrate and teach people what it was like when God’s kingdom came into view(Read Matthew 5-8). The point is that Jesus introduced a worldview that transcended a religious culture that merely postponed heaven’s reality for only a future occurrence. You cannot participate in a kingdom without honor and obedience to the King. The kingdom of God could only be gained by active obedience to the word of the King. The nature and character of the King will permeate his kingdom. The apostle wrote, “The kingdom of God is not meat or drink, but righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit”(Romans 14:17).

Embracing Jesus, God’s Son, as the Messiah and King, makes all the benefits of the kingdom a beginning reality now. What tells whether we are a part of that kingdom (with more to come) is whether we do what Jesus has asked that we do. Mark recorded that when, “One of the scribes approached… Him, “Which command is the most important of all?” “This is the most important,” Jesus answered: Listen, Israel! The Lord our God, the Lord is One. Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength. “The second is: Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no other command greater than these.” (Mark 12:28-31 HCSB) This is the only Worldview that opens heaven’s door to us.

(c) Copyright 2012, Walter Fletcher,Jr.,All rights are reserved.  This article may be copied and shared free of charge provided that it is not altered in any way from its original content. Send all correspondence to: Walterfletcherjr@gmail.com

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