A Window to a World … View

Let us visit some words and ideas from Dr. Samples’ book: “A World of Difference.”  In Chapter One, the author asks “Where Do Worldviews Come From?”

“A person’s worldview orientation begins very early in life and is formed by multiple factors. These influences coalesce and have a cumulative effect in developing an individual’s broad outlook on life.”

Quoting from philosopher Patrick J. Hurley, Dr. Samples identifies that our world view comes from multiple influences, what we might call window perspectives, including :  culture, language, gender, religion, politics, and social economic status and in life later on by way of  education and experience.  However, at WindowView, the idea is to focus on sources that are what we might call ‘data.’  Data are important information points because this is foundational and often interpreted through the lens of the person viewing the data.  The result is either objective or subjective.  How do you view information?

Dr. Samples continues: “Some of these elements are more important than others. For example, religious training (or the lack thereof) has a much greater impact on shaping a basic worldview than language, gender, or economic status. In fact, throughout much of history in both the East and West, a person’s religious framework has established the very core of his broader worldview.”

“Many people, as they mature, retain the same worldview they inherited, but do so only after examining it to decide if they want to continue living according to its principles and values. Upon approaching adulthood, most young people begin to examine what they’ve been taught and then decide whether the beliefs of their upbringing are really their own or just a system on loan from their parents.“

Herein is the place where every person can take a look through what we fondly refer to as the ‘window.’  WindowView.org my seem to have a bias, but the premise is to ‘look,’ and ‘think’ about what you see.  Do this as if you have never done so before.  And in viewing, we ask you to look at data points related to the topic areas contained within the window.  Also, realize that your window is no limited, but the criteria to be applied to what ever you see is simple … take on no assumptions, look for core data and let the base of solid information speak for itself.  Let that fill your window and let that shape a worldview for you.

From Dr. Samples: “While worldview orientation is usually inherited or adopted from one’s family and culture, it can also be deliberately chosen through reflection and analysis. Thus, people may challenge their childhood influences and make a change. This alteration can obviously be significant and is referred to in philosophy as a paradigm shift. To modify the classic reflective statement by the Greek philosopher Socrates, there comes a time for some when the unexamined worldview is not worth believing and living out.

“Worldviews are often adopted first, then questioned and examined through testing, and ultimately accepted or rejected. … People, therefore, need not feel trapped by the worldviews they inherit but rather can test those life perspectives to see if they stand up to appropriate scrutiny.”

The areas of Science, Change, Harmony, and viewing a Timeline at WindowView lend an opportunity to see that these areas of information all contribute to a Convergence, a summary view, that tells each of us about a mutual future.  And that might be exactly the reason to spend time viewing and reflecting at this window.

Director, WindowView.org

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Life or Death

The are two decisions we are free to make. One choice leads to another.
The first choice is to decide on discovering the answer to : Does God exist? And part of that is founded on asking about the God who says there are no other gods. This is a singular choice.

Today the younger generations feel that they are freer to do as they choose. Opinions of their peers and networking matters. The old guidelines may still engender some respect, but the political and moral boundaries are blurred. And why not? After all we are free to choose. Right?

The response to freedom and choice is affirmative. This leads us to realize that everyone in fact has free will. And if there is a God, free will may be a gift from him. If no God, then the process of unguided events delivers us past chaos to this moment. Then, as chance would have it, the youth of today would be totally free in their choices … driven by culture, the tribe, the tribal beat of rap or even country, and a free spirit that owes nothing to anyone … perhaps not even to self.

The backdrop of history suggests that there is sufficient evidence to ask the question about God’s existence. Evidence including the walk-through of that God on the earthly stage in a former time. It’s perhaps too incredible that the author of life could do that, but then no Hitchcock film was ever made with out the film-master’s cameo moment. Yes, a walk-through as incredible as that may be, but then in this context our existence is also rather incredible. In fact, science can’t explain all there is to providing an explanation to how life came to be. If God exists, then there is an explanation from him.

But let’s just consider the answer to the first question is yes. The second choice is to consider life or death. God’s testimony in Scripture is an ultimate choice: Will you choose life or death?

Today humans choose their life styles and beliefs. They choose how to treat themselves and other people. The choice in the voter’s booth and opinions expressed in public or private are all driven from self. You might think it unfair that there are prejudices and discrimination in and around where you live. But at the end of the day, the choice between life and death, as referenced here, is the only real choice there is. And only you make that choice.

What hangs on the choice is purely your own destiny. As Scripture essentially puts it, you choose and the blood (consequence) of your decision making is on your hands … so we are encouraged to choose life (eternal) because the answer to the first question is yes. Saying no to life in the second choice has eternal and final consequence.

Today, the youth of this world are seeing transitions take place at a record pace. Global changes, political shifts, marketplace swings, uncertainty, change in morals and norms … the way the media reports it, all is simply a matter of fact. The real disconnect is in forgetting we ultimately have two questions to ask and two answers to give.

People get wrapped up in saying others are anti this or that, or are too political, too religious, too phobic or judgmental. Yet, ironically, take away all other sources of intellectual entanglement and you, and I, all of us, are left with two choices. This brings back all the external negatives to beg us to engage in the only positive and constructive process there is … and that is we each think, discern, and seek truth. Even if we were merely here by chance, that would be truth. But scientific evidence cannot support the merely by chance explanation. So we arrive back at the first question.

How you answer the second question will determine everything else about how you live your life. The rappers and country singers may espouse all kinds of experiences and ideologies, but if you live life by choosing life, then his walk-through means a lot to the point your life now becomes different … it becomes a walk from here into eternity.

Being alive means you can choose. Physical death ends the option to choose. Now is the time to think and choose.

Director, WindowView.org

Deuteronomy 39:19 I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;