AdministratorMay 11, 2021 at 4:18 pm
How are you proactively passing on a Biblical Worldview to the next generation? Why is this important to you?
MemberMay 11, 2021 at 5:10 pm
I believe in loving people into the Kingdom by telling them about the Cross and Jesus, and how and why Jesus came and died for all people. I try to set a Christian example in what I say and do and am the same in and out of church, and let people know that I am not perfect. It’s always been my ‘habit’ not to “beat people over the head with a 35 pound Bible, but to befriend them and see where they’re ‘coming from’. So many people have hurts, needs, troubles and awful pasts that I can personally relate to because of my own and let them know how God has delivered me from so much pain and grief. I must befriend them first so they will know I’m sincere when speaking of Jesus and how their lives can change and have eternal life with God in heaven.
MemberMay 12, 2021 at 3:58 am
Thank you very much for the inspiring interview with Dr. Barna.
I was remembering the following scriptures as I heard Dr. Barna say God uses the remnants to restore the Biblical worldview:
They asked each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?’ Luke 10:32
You have been brought here so I can show you many things. Then you will return to the people of Israel and tell them everything you have seen. Ezekiel 40:4
The eyes of the LORD search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him. 2 Chronicles 16:9
When I lead our Sunday school classes I occasionally get asked by our students where the era of hunting and gathering in ancient Japan, which is allegedly the oldest period of the history of our country, or so they learn in school, fits in the chronology based on Biblical worldview. I smile at these occasions because it is like a God given moment to speak to the hearts of these kids. I can not only explain to them the Biblical history but also give them a chance to rethink who our ancestors came from, which changes dramatically who they think they are.
History and worldview are deeply connected, and teaching history to our next generation really helps them build their worldview.
There are lots of Japanese anime(cartoons) available with subtitles in different languages. And manga translated into different languages too. They have the power to influence the mind of kids and even the parents. They can be used as a tool to teach Biblical worldview to our next generation.
Looking forward to the next videos! Thank you again for making it happen!
MemberMay 12, 2021 at 4:13 am
That was a very good reply from Judith, and in line with the apostle Paul who while keeping himself free from all men made himself a servant of all that he might win the more to know and follow Jesus, the Son of God who sacrificed everything to save us, and show us the way to an abundant life. 1 Cor. 9:19. To do that we need to meet people where they are, understand their real need, and hope they will understand our sincere care for them, so they are open to receive the truth that can set them free.
The great commission is always with me – Matthew 28:19-29, that as disciples of Jesus Christ our calling is not to live for ourselves but to make disciples of people from all nations, those who have a longing for something more than an earthly life that satisfies their own lusts and desires, which is the world’s worldview – self-satisfaction and being admired by others, and we know from the Bible where that view originated (Isaiah 14:12-14 and Ezekiel 28:12-19. Jesus never forced the truth on anyone, and neither must we. His life was a manifestation of the truth, a light in the darkness that attracted those who wanted to know the truth and the way to such a life. We can thank God for showing us the way and giving us His Spirit so we also can live a crucified life, as Paul and the other apostles did and taught.
MemberMay 12, 2021 at 5:29 am
The importance of staying in the Word is paramount to our faith. It’s impossible to have a lasting relationship with God if we aren’t staying in touch. Also, small groups are critical. They keep us talking and thinking and accountable. Keeping God at the forefront just naturally affects how we think, what we talk about, how we speak, and how we live our lives daily. Our children need to see us live it out with integrity. Conversations about God and his Word flow naturally. Our children need to be in the company of other Christians who will influence them and build into their lives. Without great role models, it will be an uphill battle.
MemberMay 12, 2021 at 5:50 am
This was a very sobering and eye-opening discussion. Thank you Tim and Dr. Barna. I didn’t realize that worldviews were formed at such a young age. It’s also distressing to hear that only 6% of Americans have a biblical worldview. I knew it was bad, but wow!
As a Bible College teacher I can affirm that teaching young adults in a classroom situation is not enough. Sadly, I have seen many former students leave the faith, even though they seemed to have a good relationship with the Lord and could provide all the right answers in class and on exams. The competing worldviews in the world today are very powerful. But they are powerful, not only because of our sinful flesh, but as Dr. Barna noted, because there is a spiritual battle going on.
One thing I would add to the discussion is the need for prayer. A spiritual battle must be fought with spiritual weapons. I would also note, that although one’s worldview might be formed very early, we should not despair. The Holy Spirit has the power to shatter false worldviews. I’m sure everyone of us as believers have seen this happen. So let me conclude by saying again that prayer is an important ingredient in this battle and trusting in the power of the Spirit to bring transformation. We cannot do this in our own strength.
Thanks again for this great discussion and all of the informative videos being produced by HFS. God bless!
MemberMay 12, 2021 at 7:19 am
I wish I could be as positive about our current population. I live in Australia but I believe we are about the same as in the USA. The God of the Bible is not widely believed in, in fact most of the population would see me as crazy, as in Noah crazy. Remember Noah?
I cherish any moments I can help people get closer to the truth, but the truth is most people don’t want to hear it, just as in the days of Noah. Instead I now find myself uplifting those very few faithful remnant. I love truth, and I seek the company of others who seek it too.
You are right, the truth is not something that we find that is right for ourselves. It does not come from within.
Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”. So there is an “absolute truth”, and His promise is that we should find it.
I commend your efforts at the Society for changing the state of this world, and pray that it is the beginning of something successful.
On the other hand, knowing mankind, our world will fall to Satan, who is the Prince of this world. Those who realise what is happening will draw nearer to God, and be thankful for His mercy and grace.
Peace to all brothers and sisters in the Lord. Thank you for your encouragement, Peter.
MemberMay 12, 2021 at 1:33 pm
Thank you for the interview. The statistics are very sobering. I was a children’s pastor in the 80s and 90s. Even then statistics showed that the overwhelming majority of conversions happened before the age of 14. However, most churches put their resources toward adult and teen ministries which I always felt was a mistake.
Since we discovered Patterns of Evidence DVDs last year, we have gifted them and other Christian resources to family members and friends. We are mostly home during COVID, but we’ve tried to continue reaching out to others through sending Christian books/movies and by living a Christian witness to our neighbors. We sometimes gift Christian books to our neighbor children and their parents as well.
I am encouraged that God has laid the burden on your heart to create and develop resources to teach a Christian world view to our children. When our sons were in youth group, the youth pastor put a strong emphasis on teaching a Christian world view and there was a set of DVDs called “The Truth Project” by Focus on the Family (Del Tacket) that was shown and discussed with the teens in Sunday School. The Truth Project’s focus was adults, but I think the Biblical concepts taught there could be adapted and taught to children. We purchased the DVD set and watched it again with our teens at home. When our nephews came to Christ we passed the set on to my sister and her family.
I will be praying with you for God’s direction on developing media content for children. I’ve been out of ministry for many years, but I have a MA in Christian Education (Assemblies of God Theological Seminary) and have written some curriculum for children (I also worked at the Gospel Publishing House in the 1990s) and would be happy to help in anyway.
MemberOctober 25, 2021 at 10:02 pm
Hello Gary and Cherri,
This is a late Reply from last May – Thanks for your encouragement.
MemberMay 24, 2021 at 9:19 am
Cited in Biblical Worldview Crisis, the reports of the American Worldview Inventory, led by Dr. George Barna of the Cultural Research Center at Arizona Christian University, are available at The American Worldview Inventory 2021 Releases.
MemberMay 24, 2021 at 11:28 pm
And now even the mainstream media is forced to acknowledge the resulting precipitous drop in world population. Ideas have consequences.
If you don’t believe in God, you have no hope for life beyond death, no meaning to your suffering, no higher ideal than to survive, no purpose to self-sacrifice, no incentive for delayed gratification, no absolute good to aspire to, no sense in monogamy or fidelity, and no confidence that society will support and protect your descendants… so you decide to not have children or delay having them until the outcome is moot. Moreover, if you are told that humans are a blight on the planet, it seems wrong to procreate.
As Tim has often explained, you can draw a direct line from attacks on biblical history to loss of faith to spiralling population decline. Only a significant change in worldview can reverse this trend.
MemberAugust 17, 2021 at 5:49 pm
Wow. I’m embarrassed to say that I finally made the time to watch this interview. Thank you for making this available.
As a pastor of a small country church in central Wisconsin, teaching two, sometimes three Bible studies per week, I always have in mind seeking to inculcate a biblical worldview as I teach through the Bible. I have also taught a topical series on worldview in the past…it is probably time to do so again, in light of the times in which we are living.
Thank you HFS for resourcing us so well!
MemberOctober 5, 2021 at 10:12 am
A Biblical worldview is based on an accurate understanding of everything in the world. A big stumbling block for many is the historicity of the Bible and the events it contains. Many throw out anything to do with Christianity when there are things which “don’t make sense”. My goal has been to investigate and uncover inaccuracies in Christian scholarship which are clearly based on assumptions and ignorance.
The most important ground breaking discovery from my research is to recover the actual Jewish calendar used in Biblical times. Using this, many of the contentious historical dates which have been assumed can be restored and understood correctly with historical accuracy.
I invite you to watch my presentation which describes the recovery of the Jewish calendar.
MemberOctober 13, 2021 at 5:40 pm
<div>I have just added Part 3 – Mathematical Proof. In this video I painstakingly go through a range of 19 years and reconstruct the various calendars that I have discovered in historical documents. I show there is a particular relationship based on environmental triggers. I prove that the modern Jewish calendar is incorrect. And I show the actual calendar that was in use during Biblical times. This is simply ground breaking research which needs to be shared. Please, if you have contacts in calendrical studies, forward this research to them. It could change Biblical scholarship to its core.</div>
MemberOctober 24, 2021 at 10:50 am
Please use this playlist link instead of the others. I rerecorded the audio with a much better mic.
MemberOctober 20, 2021 at 6:57 am
This may be the best place for this Jerusalem Post article:
Dropping Bible studies is highly problematic – opinion
Ben Gurion University closed the Bible department this academic year
without making a public announcement.
By MORDECHAI COGAN
The Talmudic maxim: “He who desires to acquire knowledge should turn
to the south” (Baba Batra 25b) no longer rings true, at least not
concerning the study of the Bible. Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
has closed its Department of Bible, as of this new academic year.
Because there was no formal announcement by the university of this
closure, I found it hard to believe the rumor that at the institution
that proudly bears the name of the person who personified the
centrality of the Bible in our lives perhaps more than any other
public figure in the history of the State of Israel, Bible would no
longer be taught. Therefore, I checked the course catalog on the
university website and I discovered that it was true: Bible studies
had been deleted from the Student Handbook for 5782.
For me personally, the closing of the Department of Bible is
especially sad. Almost a jubilee ago, in September 1972, on the
completion of my doctorate, I arrived in Beersheba and the University
of the Negev (later to become Ben-Gurion University of the Negev),
together with the handful of other lecturers who had been mobilized to
establish the Faculty of Humanities. Two years later, I was asked to
undertake responsibility for biblical studies, and, for the next
decade, I served as chairman of the Department of Bible. In those
years, classes were full to overflowing with students who came from
all parts of the Negev, eager to study humanities, and especially
Bible and the history of Israel in the biblical period.
But this high watermark of the 70s and 80s was followed by an extended
low tide, and like many other areas of humanistic study, a large drop
in student registration hit the Department of Bible. Even at the
Hebrew University of Jerusalem to where I moved in the early 90s,
classes emptied out. Indeed, all of Israel’s universities wrestled
with a similar crisis: David and Solomon, Isaiah and Jeremiah no
longer interested the hi-tech generation. There are many reasons for
this sea change and this is not the place to discourse on the decline
of the interest in the study of the Bible, but the solutions that
other institutions found for this problem are pertinent.
Take, for example, Tel Aviv University. Several decades ago the
university decided to combine its small Department of Bible with other
fields of study that were on the verge of closure in a new unit:
Hebrew Culture; in this way, the Bible was saved from the sword. Of
interest, is that two years ago, the Department of Bible was
resuscitated in Tel Aviv as an independent department. A different
combination was created at the University of Haifa so that today the
Bible is studied together with the History of Israel (that includes
the biblical period). It is clear that these two institutions
understood that the study of the Bible, the foundation stone of
Israel’s culture, cannot be forfeited under any circumstances.
David Ben-Gurion put it this way: “In all the wanderings of the Jewish
Diaspora over hundreds of years, the Book of Books accompanied it,
including the good tidings of redemption and the return to Zion, the
tidings of the flowering of the desert and the ingathering of the
exiles… But not only did the Jewish people derive knowledge of their
past and hope for their future from the Book of Books. The Bible
bequeathed to our people, and through it to all humanity… sublime
humane values, the value of human brotherhood, the values of justice
and righteousness, truth and kindness, the equality of nations and
peace that are the essence of prophetic teaching and the morality of
Judaism” (David Ben-Gurion, Iyyunim baTanakh [Tel Aviv 1976], p. 221).
The decision of the administration of Ben-Gurion University of the
Negev to close the Department of Bible was taken in the back rooms in
blatant disregard for accepted academic procedures, without
consultation with the Department of Bible and the Assembly of the
Faculty of Humanities. Keeping it under wraps until now points to its
problematic nature. Perhaps those who decided on this move thought
that in this manner they could minimize the embarrassment brought on
the university by their decision – forfeiting national and universal
cultural treasures inherent in “the eternal Book of Books” that the
Jewish people gave to the world (as proclaimed in Israel’s Declaration
of Independence). The decision to close the Department of Bible
resembles the behavior of thieves in the night; public discussion in
the light of day will hopefully expose its wrongheadedness and open a
window for correction.
Mordecai Cogan <[email protected] style=”font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit;”> is a professor
emeritus in the Department of Jewish History at the Hebrew University
of Jerusalem. </[email protected]>
MemberNovember 12, 2021 at 6:22 pm
this is excellent – I just signed up as a Patron. Can I use this material as a Discipleship study for our Sunday night discipleship series?
All the best,
MemberNovember 15, 2021 at 9:56 am
In response to your question about utilizing Historical Faith Society material for your Discipleship study, as a consumer of HFS material as you are, I’d suggest you look at this page of the Patterns of Evidence store.
Various licenses to show movies. It is astonishingly economical. The bump up to show the movies forever at your church location is also extremely economical. Additionally very economical sets of ten DVD’s are available. I’ve bought about three sets of ten DVD’s (or more… I forget) to give away. I would also have paid for the church I attended to purchase the licenses to show the movie, but I’m not that persuasive in person …
There may be some other small group material available at the Patterns of Evidence store… but I’m so out-of-money I had to stop buying books so I don’t know what is currently available.
To be clear, I’m not employed by HFS, I am just trying to help them out in the ways God has given me grace to do so.
If the specific options that Patterns of Evidence and Historical Faith Society have already made available for teaching and sharing, you feel could be improved upon, maybe you could then make a more specific request to Tim and Patterns of Evidence. As it is, I imagine Tim has a bunch of different agreements with a bunch of different people on how and in what way he can share video clips of material in the Monthly focus sections and it is too much to mentally keep track of and impulsively commit to share without maybe hiring legal help.
If you are extremely gifted and have something in mind that you can produce to add value to material that is already produced by Patterns of Evidence, Thinking Man Films or HFS, Tim, after prayer, and if the Lord so wills, may be willing to incorporate any efforts that you make to produce a new product if you see a new specific need for some teaching material.
Also, take a look at the Explorer series for kids… and as a paying member of HFS you will probably still find those wonderful videos in one of the Focus sections in the above tabs at the HFS site. Hours of material. These are also available for purchase in DVD or digital download format at the Patterns of Evidence store. I’ve not yet looked at specific licenses, but if you sharing in a small group … well you can research that or get one for all, I’ve not explored that option.
I’m just, like you, a contributor to the HFS and I spend a lot of time here… God hasn’t directed me in many other directions. So take my opinions for what it is worth, just another person who appreciates the material here and the mission that God is undertaking in this section of his spiritual work.
It may have taken me a half hour or longer to write this response… and I don’t think Tim has that kind of time with all his pressing projects… so forgive him if he can’t personally answer your request in a detailed way.
I’m very glad you are trying to share HFS material in whatever way you can. It is a wonderful effort that is happening with many parts of the body of Christ contributing in the ways God has gifted them.
MemberNovember 15, 2021 at 10:02 am
<div>Hi again Gary. </div><div>
Somehow I put up a link that I did not intend, though I’ve only seen the David Rohl lectures in the link I put up in the other post.
This is the link to the various movie licenses.
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