The “Why,” regarding the Biblical Worldview Studies of The Pearl Project
I can relate to so many of the other women i’ve spoken with who have a genuine faith in God, but who do not know how to discuss ideas, defend, or to answer some of the most pressing arguments against the Biblical Worldview in our secular society- especially when it comes to discussing these ideas with their children or peers.
That experience can often times lead to doubt and spiritual insecurity. This can leave some Christians with a somewhat shallow faith in that it is then relegated to lower dimension of their personhood, characterized as an aspect of their “Heart,” or merely an emotional aspect of who they are as a human. In this way, their faith does not seem to apply or hold up to the real world or to the whole of reality as they experience it.
When raising children, this aspect of many people’s faith hits a rock wall when their children are presented with secular worldviews at school and have good and worthy questions about the things they’re learning. Often times, the parents feel ill-equipped to respond effectively to their kids in a way that would render the story of the Bible true as they claim it to be for their household. They are being taught one thing at home, but at school they are told an opposing story about life, origins, our purpose, and all of the accompanying philosophies. Children are then left to decide for themselves who it is exactly that is lying to them: Is it their parents, or their school teachers?
This scenario is precisely why we as the nationwide church body have witnessed a profound dropout rate from the church by the time kids enter college, because the Bible has been deemed irrelevant by our culture – likened to a children’s fairytale. I was one of these statistics. I didn’t lack faith per se, but I didn’t understand how my faith could stand up to opposing worldviews, I didn’t know how to discuss ideas, and I didn’t know how Biblical truth could speak into my toughest questions and what I was experiencing in the reality of my life.
The point at which I finally understood that the Biblical Worldview actually does hold up against any competing worldviews was the point in my faith journey where the Bible came alive to me, and where I realized that Biblical truth speaks to the whole of reality.
The intentional study of God’s truth became the foundation of my freedom, healing, and wholeness. It took another woman simply pouring into me and expanding my understanding of the truth claims of God in a way that has forever transformed my faith. Loving God with my mind has given me confidence to discuss my faith boldly, when I used to cower away in fear and doubt.
This courage and boldness is what I want for my own children. I want to offer them the tools to dissect ideas, to not be intimidated by difficult conversations about their faith, and I want them to have a deeply-rooted confidence in the veracity of Scripture, and in the truth claims of God.
This is not rocket science at all, but it does require an intentional + ongoing study of the word of God, as well as a willingness to open ourselves up to the insight from the world’s best and brightest on these topics. I’ve been fortunate enough to have access to a plethora of these study materials, so I will be offering these as we go along.
Where in our culture the concept of Truth itself has been deemed relative, the Bible offers truth from the perspective of God, who has a refreshingly high view of our human experience, our questions, and our personhood. I am beyond excited for the ways that I hope this facet of The Pearl Project will touch the whole of your life.
What we aim to do in this aspect of The Pearl Project is, in the words of Ravi Zacharias, “Helping the thinker believe. Helping the believer think.”