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.
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>
MemberMay 25, 2021 at 9:40 am
Dennis, I don’t know how much of your reply is directed at me and wonder if you are under the impression that I am an Adventist. Perhaps you have seen in my bio that I am enrolled at Avondale University College? I am an Anglican (= Church of England, Episcopalian). As some of your complaints in the two longer posts above seem to involve sectarian issues, they are hard to read and relate to. I would prefer that you not make statements criticising this or that president or denomination or recent event. HFS is for all Christians of any political or theological persuasion.
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