First of all, as I mentioned on Monday, we need to recognize that Christianity is a religion focused on freedom and individual choice. It is consistent with our humanity. Jesus Christ came to earth to die for our sins, and we can accept this free gift of salvation. We also have the ability to reject His free gift of salvation. It is a choice that lies with each individual. Therefore, when we think about all of the goods that we wanted our society to embrace, even at the most important level, Christianity is focused on the free choice of the individual.
That being said though, Christianity puts a high value on human life. At the beginning of the Bible, God tells the people of Israel not to murder. Jesus spent a great bill of time healing people of their various illnesses and even bringing people back from the dead. Life is important in the Christian worldview. Many of the New Testament epistles tell us how to treat other people particularly within our church families but also in society in general. This is important because people are valuable, and we need to treat them the right way. Life is another one of the goods that I think we agreed on a few weeks ago, and Christianity clearly affirms it from conception to natural death.
These were the two important baseline goods that I pointed out as common ground to build from, but maybe you are now thinking that a lot of worldviews affirm freedom and human life. That is a fair point. Christianity meets this first hurdle, but perhaps it is not the only worldview that can.
Therefore, we have to move on to some other criteria. I wrote an article as well in the series about how a worldview needs to correspond with reality. It needs to be consistent with the world we see around us to have any value whatsoever. If it has no explanatory power or contradicts the world around us, it will not be true.
Thinking about this right off the bat then, our world is a pretty messed up place. That is one of the most obvious things I see every day around me. Turn on the news if you doubt me. Our worldview needs to be able to provide an explanation for not only why there is evil in the world but also why we respond to it in the way that we do. Christianity provides an explanation for sin for the abuse of human free will. It also provides an explanation as to why it seems wrong to us. We understand that we are innately imperfect and failed to measure up to a standard. Even if we do not recognize that standard or technology, there is something within each of us that points towards this reality of wrong. That’s why we want to make sure that our worldview encourages people to do that which is right. We understand the consequences of doing wrong.
Not every worldview can provide this type of explanation. This is yet another way in which Christianity makes sense of this entire discussion we have been having.