What if you were able to have a closed-door meeting with the worlds leading authority on the single-most important question humanity has ever faced? Would you walk away from him? Thats exactly what Pilate did.
Jesus told Pilate, For this reason, I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth (John 18:37). Mockingly, Pilate retorts, What is truth? and then turns his back on Jesus to hand him over to the mob.
Clearly, for Jesus, Truthwith a capital Tmatters. And unlike Pilate, we had better pay attention. This is exactly the premise underlying Focus on the Familys new Truth Project DVD curriculum, which features such notable experts as Ravi Zacharias, Os Guinness, and R. C. Sproul. I am thrilled that our friends at Focus on the Family are joining their voices in this all-important quest to understand the truth and to apply it to all of life. The Truth Project is a twelve-part in-depth worldview training series covering subjects of philosophy, ethics, anthropology, theology, science, history, and sociology.
The Truth Project is concerned, like we are here at BreakPoint, with what it means to have a biblical worldview, both intellectually and as applied to our life. A worldview is a framework through which we view life and live life. Its like a set of spectacles through which we see our world. In the Bible, God gives us the lens from which to view all of life. As Abraham Kuyper once said, There is not one square inch of creation over which Christ does not cry out, Mine!
Yet still, competing worldviews of relativism, secular humanism, naturalism, materialism, and many others bombard us daily. We often dont realize how these messages infect our own thinking. The Truth Project excels in prodding believers to really evaluate their personal worldviews, not what they say they believe, but what they live. Del Tacket, the central voice in the DVD series, poses the question this way: Do you really believe that what you believe is really real?
Believers can be, as the apostle Paul says in Colossians 2:8, taken captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ. When our lives are held captive by these false ideas, or worldviews, our witness may become, at best, confusing, at worst, a mockery of the truth we claim to believe.
This underscores something that we at BreakPoint believe is so important: Transformation of our communities and of our culture cannot happen unless we ourselves are first transformed by the truth of the Gospel, a transformation that begins when we first come to Jesus, but continues for the rest of our lives.
Visit www.BreakPoint.org for more information on the Truth Project, as well as our own worldview curriculum called Wide Angle, which Chuck talked about Monday.
Pilates rejection of the Truth is a sober warning for all of us. How do our own worldviews fair when faced with the harsh realities of life? We would all do well to examine what our actions say about what we say we believe.
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