Thursday, August 4

Worldview Basics

We are what we think. In our very practical modern world, we tend to think that what a man or woman does or does not believe is really not all that important. We like to think that we can separate private from public concerns, character from performance, worldview from responsibility. But such a notion carries a fearful implication. It really means that it does not matter what anyone of us believes so long as we do not take our beliefs seriously. But throughout history, wise men and women have understood that far from being an irrelevant, superfluous, and private affair, our inmost faith is the utmost aspect of our outmost lives.

What we do is not just affected by what we think, it is determined by it. What we think—even when we are not fully aware of what it is that we’ve been thinking—shapes our perceptions, our preferences, our prejudices, and our priorities. As Anton Chekhov quipped, “Man is what he believes.” What we think will determine not only how we interpret what we see, hear, and feel, but how we react to those sensations. Even if we never actually think about what we think, it is at work in us in a dramatic way. We are what we think.

5 comments:

Jason Dollar said...

Dr. Grant,
It is amazing to me how few people seem to realize this. There is such a lack of concern from the cultivation of the mind, even among so-called intellectuals, who mostly gain intellect for the purpose of making money.

In my own life, I have consciously observed the connections between my thoughts and actions, finding out that it is uncanny how closely parallel they run. As a man thinks, so he is.

Steve said...

We are what we are. Our thinking arises from that seed.

After the fall, all men are born sinners. Their thought life arises as they develop from that beginning- within that parameter. There are many outward appearing variations, but all within that initial parameter. Introspection by itself may cause an alteration, but still a change within that same parameter.

After receiving faith in and justification by Christ the sanctification process proceeds as the thought life aligns with God's Word by the work of The Spirit.

Jason Dollar said...

Steve,
Good points as we remember that justification is a monergistic process, but sanctification is synergistic, meaning that in some way, the Christian is involved in the process. This is why we are commanded to "set our mind on things above" (Col. 3:1). Scripture teaches that to change thinking is to change behavior.

Andrew Fulford said...

Dr. Leithart has some interesting things to say about worldview, if anyone is interested:

http://www.leithart.com/archives/000218.php

chet said...

Mr Grant, I think if it wasnt for your preaching a few years ago, I would have never come to the reformed faith. For that I need to thank you.Thank you