For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, that is, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, being understood by what has been made, so that they are without excuse. For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their reasonings, and their senseless hearts were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools, and they exchanged the glory of the incorruptible God for an image in the form of corruptible mankind, of birds, four-footed animals, and crawling creatures.
Yesterday, we discussed what it means to have a biblical worldview. Yet, there are many worldviews that exist outside of Christianity. Even for those that seem to fit alongside Christianity, we must be diligent to observe the lens we are looking through and determine how it aligns with a biblical worldview.
One of those worldviews is a new spirituality. Perhaps more than many other worldviews, this is one that seems the most compatible with Christianity on the surface. This kind of spirituality has just that—a spiritual emphasis. There is an inherent focus on the supernatural, a positive bent toward religious practices, and an inclusivity that feels tolerant to many variations of people and practices. Many who hold to this worldview would agree that numerous paths lead to the same spiritual truth, or that there could be many different names or understandings of God and other spiritual beings. This view gives emphasis to unity and connectedness at a spiritual level between all people and creatures. This worldview perhaps more than any other feels positive because of the focus on interconnectedness, beauty in diversity, and tolerance.
However, we are reminded in Romans 1 of the fact that all things—everything we see in creation—points us back to God, the Creator. Since the beginning, God has made Himself known to us through creation. As believers, through the power of the Holy Spirit, we have eyes to see God and the truth as He reveals it to us. However, when we conform to the ways of the world, and particularly this kind of new spiritual worldview, we try to put other things on the same level as God. In doing so, we become fools, even as we perceive that we are becoming wiser and more enlightened. We exchange the distinct glory of God to glorify other things. A biblical worldview calls us back to the person of God as He has revealed Himself to us through His Son, His Word, and His world.
- What are some ways we might weave in threads of new spirituality to Christianity? Why is this dangerous?
- How does Romans 1:20-23 draw your thoughts and perspective back to the person of God and the truth found in Him alone?
- Repent of any ways you have sought to be wise but have actually been foolish. Ask the Lord to continually draw you back to Him as Creator of all things. Thank Him and praise Him for making Himself known to you.