Today I am giving a pop quiz about your world view! True or False: The world is what you think it is.
I read that statement online recently and was intrigued by it. On the one hand, it could be interpreted to mean that each person defines their own reality. Yet, reality, by definition, is about facts, not individual perceptions. Perhaps what the author meant, then, was that every person develops their own belief system, which affects how they see themselves and the world around them, as well as how they operate in that world.
Even so, a person’s perception of the world is not the actual world. The world is what the world is, regardless of what I think it is. The same can also be said of the Creator of the world.
To say that God is whoever we think God is, is like saying to our significant other, “The only existence you have is the one I give you by who I think you are or want you to be.” If we were to literally say that, I expect we would find out rather quickly how they would be more than happy to find an alternate existence — far away from our egotistical, self-centered presence!
Of course, it is completely normal for us to have our own particular view of the world. For those of us who believe God exists, we also have our own particular view of God. Yet, we must be careful to understand our views on these matters are merely that — our views. If you ask anyone who is truly wise, they will tell you the more they know, the more they realize how much they don’t know.
In my own life, I can look back and see how mistaken I was on a whole lot of things. And, a few years from now, I will probably think that about some things I currently hold to be true today. My world view and my God view are constantly evolving, and while I hope they are evolving in the right direction, at least I am smart enough to know I will never be smart enough to know it all! Because of this, I find humility an essential component of any world view.
“Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?” God asks Job. “Tell me, if you know so much!” – Job 38:4 (NLT)