Without a doubt, the most frequently used analogy to describe a person's quest to know God and the thought that all religions are really true is "All roads lead to the top of a mountain." But have you ever stopped to think... What if all roads don't lead to the top of the mountain? Or what if the analogy itself is just plain wrong? What if a person's search for answers - their personal quest to discover if God exists, what He's like, how they should live, etc., - is more like a maze; a maze of different/contrasting worldviews whose characteristics are similar on the surface, but radically different at their core? And what if there was only one true and right way through the maze?
A Worldview is a framework of ideas and beliefs through which an individual interprets the world and interacts in it. In brief, a worldview has been described as not what someone sees, but what one sees with.
Each worldview purports to represent truth - in other words, it claims to have a handle on reality. The critical thing to understand is that the idea which says all worldviews are really the same in the end is a lie. They all differ radically on the key areas of God, man, truth, morality, Jesus, salvation, and eternity (you know, the small stuff...) Navigating the maze of worldviews is made doubly hard when one realizes that the key is not just making it through the maze, but making it through the maze with truthful, confident answers to the four big questions of life:
1. Where did I come from?
There are several broad worldviews in existence - Theism, Pantheism, Atheism, and Agnosticism - with each having multiple, more narrow, worldviews underneath (e.g. Theism supports Christianity, Islam, and Judaism - see the end of this page for worldview definitions). Some say that a person's worldview is dictated by where they were born and how they were raised. While there's some truth to this, two things must be kept in mind. First, just because a person is born and raised in a particular worldview, it doesn't make that worldview true. For example, a person born in the 1950's in the southeastern part of the United States might have been brought up a racist, but that doesn't mean racism is true/moral. Second, it also doesn't mean that someone who wishes to think for themselves can't recognize the superiority and truth claims of a different worldview. For example, while there are many political systems on the landscape (e.g. socialism, democracy, communism, etc.), history is replete with those who have discovered that the political climate they were born into is inferior to another political system that better matches the way man was created.
Successfully navigating the worldview maze and arriving at a "life puzzle" where all the pieces fit together can be done by doing two simple things: asking the
and arriving at the
We believe that when the right questions are asked, and the correct/truthful answers are discovered, only Christianity provides a way through the worldview maze that makes sense, and allows the truth seeker to pick up pieces of life's puzzle that fit together properly and coherently in the end. Other worldviews only offer dead ends and end up providing answers to life that don't fit together, with the ultimate outcome being lives that are completely unlivable and don't make sense.
So just what are the proper questions that a person should ask to get through the worldview maze with the right pieces to the big questions of life?
The guide below provides the questions to ask, with the answers filtering out various invalid worldviews along the way and providing the answers needed for the questions of origin, ethics, meaning, and destiny:
Only one worldview is left standing once a person successfully works through the above: Christianity. The resources section of this site has materials that correspond to the six questions above, all of which will lead you through the process of finding your way through the worldview maze to the truth of God. See also the Six Steps section for an overview.
Atheism - states that no God exists at all. The universe is eternal, all that has ever been and all that will ever will be.
Cultic movements - masquerade as Christian, but deny key doctrines of historic Christianity, most notably the doctrine of Christ's divinity.
Deism - affirms a single God that created everything, but says that He does not concern Himself with His creation and is not active in it.
Finite Godism - states there is a God, but he is limited in power, knowledge, and ability.
Pantheism - states that God and the universe are one and the same; in other words, the universe is God and God is the universe - God is all. Main systems within pantheism include Buddhism and Hinduism.
Pluralism - states that all truth claims are valid and equally true.
Polytheism - states a hierarchy of many gods exist that exert influence in various areas of the universe.
Postmodernism - affirms no truth. All truth claims are deconstructed and reconstructed in the eyes of the one doing the analysis.
Relativism - says that all truth and reality is relative; does not affirm that truth is absolute and believes ethics are situational.
Skepticism - doubts all truth - one cannot trust whether something is true or not.
Theism - sometimes called Monotheism, this view states that a single divine entity created the universe and all that is in it - in other words, God created all. Within theism, three main systems are found: Judaism, Islam, and Christianity.
In other words, it is possible to discover the truth about which worldview is true and supplies answers to the 'big four' while passing the test of coherence, logic, history, and true spirituality.