WORLD VIEWS

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Secular World View

The secular world view is ever changing.  It changes with the times.  Someone who has a secular world view believes what a large portion of society believes.  In this era of 24x7 news and mass media, someone could be very mistaken about what they think the majority of society thinks about a certain topic.  The majority of the news media leans to the left politically.  This might make one think that the world thinks the way the media thinks.  However, there are a lot of people in our society that neither trust the news media nor think the way they do.

Biblical World View

Someone who has a Biblical world view forms their beliefs around what the Bible says.  The Bible was written roughly between 2,000 and 3,500 years ago by some 40 different authors, most of whom never met.  Christians believe the Bible to be inspired by God,  the Bible itself making that claim in 2 Timothy 3:16 "All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness."  The Bible is made up of 66 books, 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament.  For Christians, the Old Testament tells how we got here and gives an accurate historical record of ancient times.  Many accounts in the Old Testament show God's hand on those who trust in him.  David and Goliath, Daniel in the lion's den, the three children of Israel in the fiery furnace, and Joseph in Egypt are just a few examples of God's deliverance for His people.  The New Testament is a road map for for life Christians.  It instructs them how to live in a fallen and twisted world. It gives them hope for a better life both here on earth and in the after life.

Religious World Views

There are other world views driven by religious beliefs.  Certainly Muslims have a different world view from non-Muslims.  In fact, there are Muslims who strictly follow the Koran and Muslims who do not.  That can be said of any faith.  I do not claim to be an expert on the Muslim faith.  So if you want more information, read the Koran.  All religions offer their own world view.  The top three religions of the world, Muslim, Christianity and Judaism all have a holy book that many hold strong belief in.  Judaism has two primary sections.  Orthodox Jews believe in the first five books of the Old Testament known as the Tora or the Books of Moses.  More moderate Jews believe in the entire Old Testament, which includes the Tora, the historic books, the books of wisdom, and books of the prophets.  Christians believe that the entire Bible is inspired by God, but they believe the New Testament is their guide for modern living.  The Muslims believe in the Koran which was supposedly written by their prophet Mohammed who lived from 571 to 632 AD.

Political World Views

Some world views are driven by politics.  There are three major political world views:  Capitalism (US), Socialism (Canada and most of Europe), and Communism (Russia, China, Cuba, etc.)  

Capitalism is a free market system which is driven by the rule of supply vs. demand.  This system has kept the United States economy ions ahead of the rest of the world in the area of prosperity for man many years.

Socialism is a system wherein people who work and earn income pay high taxes to help support those who don't or can't work.  Most of the nations of Europe use this style of government and economic system.  Socialism has a long history.  In Socialism, the middle class generally disappears and all that is left is the rich and the poor or struggling.  Socialism is a system where you trust the government to take care of you from cradle to grave.  It only works out well for the rich, which are a small percentage of the population.  Adolf Hitler claimed to be a socialist.

Communism is a Marxist system, like Socialism, that believes the government can take better care of you than you can take care of yourself.  If you are a student of history you understand that Communism has a terrible track record in the areas of personal freedom and human rights.