Today’s society stands in stark contrast to the original, selfless model that was created in the biblical ideal of Genesis 1 and 2. Now we have a “survival of the fittest” society that rests on a self-centered pretext. Each individual is in competition to become “superior,” often at the expense of others.
The human race was created to work with creation—both flora and fauna—to benefit all in a mutual, synergistic model of cooperation and growth. As designed by their Creator, humans would replenish the earth, subdue it, have dominion over it, and dress and keep it. Men and women would become a unit working in a mutually loving and supportive Eden home.
“And God blessed them, and God said unto them, ‘Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth’”—Genesis 1:28
“And the Lord God took the man and put him into the Garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it”—Genesis 2:15
The Fall of the human race upended this wholesome, originally designed world based on love and mutual respect and established a new worldview of selfishness and self-preservation. At the Fall, the woman blamed the serpent, the man blamed the woman, the serpent blamed God by claiming He was wrong—that we could become as gods and not die.
But the goals of a “biblical worldview education” are to help lead and train youth to be restored into the image of God as revealed in the life of Jesus Christ. For it was at Creation when God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness” (Genesis 1:26).
Man was created to be one with His Creator.
Benefits of a Biblical Worldview
This type of educational structure will help foster a balanced mind so each youth can reach his or her full potential in spiritual, physical, mental, social, emotional, and scholastic development. Thus, a whole, well-rounded, well-grounded youth can be prepared to face the challenges of this hectic world.
Take, for example, a basic life lesson of honesty. In the biblical worldview, students learn the value of honesty as part of God’s “self-sacrificing” design, which demonstrates there are consequences to dishonesty and benefits to being honest.
In a humanistic worldview, the “survival of the fittest” mentality promotes personal advancement at any cost—including being dishonest. Instead of self-promotion, the biblical worldview says, “Let each esteem other better than themselves” (Philippians 2:3). This self-sacrificing view teaches “Christ esteem”—that each individual is of eternal worth—rather than “self-esteem” that looks to self, which is never good enough.
A vital element of educating within a biblical worldview framework is the question of authority. In a biblical worldview, God and His Word are the authority, which establishes a foundation from which to work that does not change.
In a non-biblical worldview, humans become the authority, which is very fluid and can change at any time. This can become very confusing, unsettling, and irrational to students.
To be clear, starting from a firm foundation of biblical truth does not preclude the use of scientific methods, historical recall, mathematical logic, or philosophical evaluation.
Starting from a biblical foundation allows educators to expound on all of these areas.
This helps students feel secure in their understanding and views that can be articulated with confidence and evidence.
Educating from a “biblical creationist” perspective is the method that Christ used to teach the masses eternal truths. He used the things He made to teach in parables.
“And with many such parables spake he the word unto them, as they were able to hear it. But without a parable spake he not unto them: and when they were alone, he expounded all things to his disciples”—Matthew 4:33, 34
Using nature and teaching in parables from a biblical worldview is still a powerful way to reach students, and Creation Illustrated magazine is one resource that has been dedicated to this teaching method for more than 25 years. A wealth of resources in more than 100 timeless back issues unveils timeless truths from a biblical worldview.