Christian Vs. Secular World View
And do not be
conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your
mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect
will of God.
It's a challenge for Christians to live in the world, yet stand apart as Jesus instructs believers to do in the Bible.
Unfortunately, many Christians succumb to worldly trappings and fall into a mixed world view; professing a belief in Jesus, but living secular lifestyles, "Secular" means "denoting attitudes, activities, or other things that have not religious or spiritual basis." Oxford American Dictionaries. Read More About Life in Christ...
|| SECULAR VIEW
| Reduce your sense of self Luke 9:24-26
|| Improve your sense of self
knowledge is from God 1 Cor 3:18
is from human thought
ahead is losing self Matt 6:19-21
ahead is money and power.
is the way to heaven Matt 7:13-14
is the way of tolerance
others first Matt 21:16
|| Serve self first
makes you good 1 John 1:9
deeds make you good
- Is this action/attitude supported by scripture?
- Will this help me to trust God’s love and His promises more faithfully?
- Will this
action/attitude help me reduce blocks to my relationship with Jesus?
- Am I following God’s will/plan for me?
this action/action help me to focus more on others and less on myself?
- If Jesus was standing next to me, would I say or do this?
Sense of Self
3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. 4 Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Phil 2:3-4 NKJV
For Christians, the goal is to decrease our sense of self importance and measure ourselves against Jesus and not against worldly standards of personal importance; fame, wealth. Christian view is based on the Biblical principle that we are to deem others more important than ourselves and to be vessels through which the Holy Spirit can do the work of Jesus.
Secular view is based on the premise
that we are in a position to judge whether or not we are adequate. Also, it is
based on the idea that if we make some change we then become worthy. The goal is to
increase our sense of self-worth
and consequently, our standing in the
18 Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. 19 For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, 'He catches the wise in their own craftiness' 20 and again, The LORD knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile. 1 Cor 3:18-20
Christian view is based on the Biblical principle that while people can share knowledge, experience and hope with each other, as humans we are limited in our ability to understand. Only God sees the big picture and has a plan for each of us. True wisdom comes from God and only God and is written in His Word, the Bible.
Secular world view purports that there is a person or persons who has the answer to particular life questions. Their approach is the best and the author is the defining authority on the subject. This lends itself to the guru effect. One person or human approach becoming idolized as the way to solve a problem.
15 Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. 16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. 17 And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever. 1 John 2:15-17 NLT
Christian view is based on the belief that true success is in accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior who has given us eternal life. The goal is finding humility and grace as a foundation for any earthly accomplishments. The more worldly success we achieve, the more difficult it is to accept our need for God. We tend to see ourselves as the source of our achievements vs. God who gave us all resources for success.
Secular view is based on the premise
that the more earthly success we achieve, we gain in value as individuals. These successes are defined by the world are fame, riches and power.
Getting to Heaven
13 You can enter God's Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. 14 But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it. Matthew 7:13-14
6 Jesus told him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me." John 14:6 NLT
Christian view is that the only way to Heaven is through Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Jesus as Savior means knowing that He died for our sins which opened the door to Heaven for all who believe in Him. Jesus as Lord means following His instruction and example for living as loving believers. This is difficult as it requires denying ourselves of the worldly desires of the flesh.
Secular view is based on the belief that it is within each person's power to get themselves to heaven through good behavior. This breeds a tolerance of a wide range of behaviors that the individual may deem acceptable. This tolerance grows as individuals are reluctant to judge others behaviors since they don't want to be judged.
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43 But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. 45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many. Mark 10:43-45 NLT
Christian view is that true success or power is in serving others as Jesus served. His example of humility gives us the standard for putting others first in all things including leadership.
Secular view is that having others serve you is a measure or privilege of power, wealth and success.
What Makes Us Good
9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
Christian view is of our perception of self is based on the Biblical principle that God made us exactly as He intended, but inherent in our humanness is a sinful nature. Jesus sacrificed himself on the cross so that our sins would be forgiven. If we accept Him as our Savior and Lord, we shed our sinful self and become a renewed being...a Christian.
Secular view is based on the premise
that we are in a position to judge whether or not we are good. And if we deem ourselves good enough, we will go to Heaven.
BIBLE QUOTES ON CHRISTIAN VS. SECULAR
John 17:15-18 15 I'm not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. 16 They do not belong to this world any more than I do. 17 Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. 18 Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world.
Luke 9:24-26 NIV 24 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it. 25 What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self? 26If anyone is ashamed of me and my words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when he comes in his glory and in the glory of the Father and of the holy angels.
1 Corinthians 3:18 18 Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a "fool" so that he may become wise.
Matthew 6:19-21 19 Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Matthew 7:13-14 13 "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.
Luke 13:3 3 I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. NKJV
1 John 1:99 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. NIV