Personal Faith and Worldview

by BJ Rudge, Ph. D.

I had the privilege of growing up in a Christian family. In this environment my parents instructed me in the ways of the Lord. My faith was challenged for the first time when I took a philosophy course at a secular university. Through this experience, I went on a personal journey to see if there was any external confirmation for my belief in Jesus Christ.

During this investigation I not only came to recognize there is a plethora of evidence to confirm the Christian worldview, I also developed a passion to pursue further study in Christian apologetics and to fulfill the scriptural mandate of "being ready to give a defense to everyone who asks the reason for the hope that is within you" (1 Peter 3:15).

A worldview acts as a pair of lenses that one looks through to make sense of the data of life. It is a set of presuppositions that a person holds about issues such as man, the world, and man's place in the world. This is the function that the biblical worldview now has in my life.

I do not see life as being separated into categories (sacred versus secular). Instead, I view Christ as Lord over every area of life, and the Bible as having authority in each of these areas. I realize history is connected to three main events: creation, fall, and redemption. By seeing history from a biblical worldview, it is not a series of random events, but a series of purposeful events directed by God toward the restoration of all things.

My goal is to encourage people to examine the evidence in a sincere and unbiased manner which I am convinced will result in their development of a biblical worldview. This will give them hope as they look at life's issues through the lenses of Scripture.