Your worldview is critically important to yourself and for others. Please examine yourself and your worldview because it is our usual guide in making our life or death decisions that will affect our own life and the lives of others, including the unborn, now and for eternity.
What’s a worldview? “A worldview, whether religious or non-religious, is personal insight about reality and meaning, often termed ‘life understanding’. Each of us has a worldview. It is our own discernment.” (cf: www.teachingaboutreligion.org/worldview )
Pope John Paul II once said that a worldview is a “Way of understanding reality in light of the ‘total truth about God, man and the world.” (cf: E. Echevera, the Apostolate Campus Ministry-John Paul II’s contribution.)
The ‘Truth’ is found in ‘Jesus Christ’. “Jesus says to him: I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father unless by Me.” (John 14:6)
Pope Benedict XVI explains well the way in which ‘Truth’ is so contested by secular man today. He sates: “When man prefers his own egoism, his pride, and his convenience (emphasis mine) to the demands made on him by the truth, the only possible outcome is an upside-down existence.” (Christianity and the Crisis of Cultures by Joseph Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, pg95)
This ‘upside-down’ existence is so obvious today in Canada where the Canadian Government still refuses to recognize the ‘humanity’ of the unborn baby. It voted down Motion 312 on September 26, 2012. This motion’s goal was to prove the humanity of the unborn baby who’s life is terrorized and destroyed anytime while it is in the womb of a woman.
Truly we are living an ‘upside-down’ existence when we won’t admit the humanity of the unborn baby!
Today it is the ‘electronic secular minded, relativistic media’ that is aggressively forming our worldview. It is quickly immersing multitudes into a ‘Culture of Death’ mentality where human life is simply a commodity, has no more dignity, where human life, from the moment of conception till death only has value if it will serve the selfish purposes of one’s secular minded relativistic worldview.
Today there are basically only two very opposing worldviews: the ‘Christian worldview’ and the ‘ungodly, moral relativist’ worldview. Jesus summed up the Christian worldview when he said in Matthew 22: 37-39:
“Jesus said to him: Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart and with thy whole soul and with thy whole mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. And the second is like to this: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”
As we can see from the truth of God’s Word:
The Christian worldview is one of ‘love’, is one of living for ‘others’ and not for ‘self’.
The Christian worldview as we see in Matthew 22:37-39, is all about ‘relationships’, our relationship to God and to our brothers and sisters. The Ten Commandments show us how to live out this relationship of ‘love’. (cf: www.catholicdoors.com )
In total contrast to the Christian worldview, the ‘secular, relativistic culture’ of today assumes that everyone should be free to determine their own values and live whatever way they desire, according to their own chosen set of ‘Ten Commandments’, which brings satisfaction to their ‘sex-obsessed, me-myself-and-I, self-focused lifestyle’. This determines their worldview. It is obviously a ‘Godless worldview’.
This ‘Godless worldview’ gives satan an open door to enter our lives with his destructive and deadly intentions. His ultimate goal is to take your soul to Hell for eternity.
“The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I am come that they may have life and may have it more abundantly.” (John10:10)
It is this ‘self-centered worldview’ that prompts so many pregnant women of today to say “It is my body, my choice”. Yes, they chose to kill their unborn baby because their secular relativistic worldview will determine their deadly decision.
Last year, when I was protesting abortion with graphic images of aborted babies in a ‘Show The Truth’ (cf: www.unmaskingchoice.ca ) a passerby described the secular relativist worldview of today so well in these few words:
“We live in a cold and selfish society.”
I repeat, the ‘antidote’ to ‘a cold and selfish society’. It is the ‘Christian worldview’ which prompts and teaches Christians to ‘live for others’. Mother Teresa said it well: “Unless a life is lived for others, it is not worth living.” (cf: www.catholiceducation.org )
Our living out and obeying the Ten Commandments of God and the teachings of the Catholic Church will give us a ‘Pro-life worldview’ which is so desperately needed to counter the ‘Culture of Death’ of today which seeks only to kill and destroy the human person, especially the unborn. I call it ‘aborterrorism’. (cf: www.aborterrorism.ca )
The Catholic moral worldview teaches us to live our relationships with God and neighbour with ‘love’ and ‘self-giving’ so that through Jesus Christ, who is ‘The Way, and The Truth, and the Life’ (cf: John 14:6) we may enjoy friendship with God and with our neighbour now and in the life to come, in Heaven.
Do you wish to have a ‘life-giving worldview’? It all begins with a personal encounter with Jesus Christ. Jesus explained it well in 1 John chapter 5, especially verses 11-13.
“And this is the testimony, that God hath given to us eternal life. And this life is in His Son. He that hath the Son, hath life. He that hath not the Son, hath not life. These things I write to you, that you may know that you have eternal life, you who believe in the name of the Son of God.” (1 John 5:11-13)
St-Benedict, a very wise and holy man said to his monks in his ‘Rule’:
“Just as there is an evil zeal of bitterness which separates from God and leads to Hell, so there is a good zeal which separates from evil and leads to God and life everlasting.
Let monks, therefore, exercise this zeal with the most fervent love. Let them, that is, give one another precedence. Let them bear with the greatest patience one another’s infirmities, whether of body or of character…Let them practice fraternal charity with a pure love. Let them fear God…Let them prefer nothing whatever to Christ. And may he bring us all alike to life everlasting.” (Saint Benedict, the Rule of Saint Benedict.) Saint Benedict surely understood the ‘Christian worldview’.
There is nothing more precious than acquiring the ‘good zeal’ which Saint Benedict puts forth to his monks. This ‘good zeal’ finds its source in a ‘life-giving, personal relationship’ with Jesus Christ and its consequential ‘Christian worldview!
Please consider it, and tell others about it. If you do you will truly experience true ‘Peace and Joy and Love’ on earth today and be God’s vessel of love and life for others, including the unborn.
NOTE: for further reading:
1) Christianity and the Crisis of Cultures, by Pope Benedict XVI.
2) Catholic Heart and Mind ( http://catholicview.wordpress.com/ )
Donald Andre Bruneau.
January 12, 2013.