Post Author: Bill Pratt
There are many worldviews out there to choose from: Christianity, Islam, secular humanism, New Age spiritualism, and so on. Since choosing a worldview is perhaps one of the most important things a person must do, it is highly important that we have a trustworthy method to evaluate the options. Our worldview colors the way we see almost everything around us, so we must choose wisely.
Apologist Ravi Zacharias offers what he calls the 3-4-5 method of analyzing worldviews. I would like to share it with you because it will provide you a method with which to judge worldview options.
First, there are three tests that a worldview must pass. It must be:
- logically consistent – Its teachings cannot be self-contradictory.
- empirically adequate – Its teachings must match what we see in reality.
- existentially relevant – Its teachings must speak directly to how we actually live our lives.
- origin – Where do the universe and human beings come from?
- meaning – What is the meaning or purpose of life?
- morality – How do we know what is right and what is wrong?
- destiny – What happens to us after we die?
- theology – the study of God
- metaphysics – the study of what is ultimately real
- epistemology – the study of how we can know things
- ethics – the study of moral right and wrong
- anthropology – the study of what and who humans are
Why do I believe that the worldview of biblical Christianity is the best choice? Its teachings are logically consistent, they accurately describe reality as it is, and they speak directly to the human condition.
In addition, Christianity provides compelling and powerful answers to the questions of origin, meaning, morality, and destiny.
Finally, the theology, metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and anthropology of the Christian worldview are expansively rich and deeply profound – unsurpassed by any other worldview.
If you are a Christian and you haven’t analyzed Christianity using the 3-4-5 method, you are truly missing out. Read, and read some more. Dig into your faith, as it provides comprehensive answers to life’s most important questions.
If you are not a Christian, I plead with you to open your heart and mind, and study the Christian worldview. Apply the 3-4-5 method described above, but never forget that Christian doctrine always revolves around a person, Jesus Christ. He is the embodiment of our faith, and it is to him that we look.