As we have learned, a worldview is the overall perspective from which one sees and interprets the world. It is from this perspective that one makes decisions about how to live – and lead – in this world.
A worldview also includes the individual’s beliefs about life and the universe. These beliefs impact their understanding of everything, including the Bible. Therefore, anything in one’s worldview that obscures or interferes with the ability to see the truth must be dealt with.
As an example, the apostle Paul recognized in his own life how his love of the Law was an obstacle that blocked his view of seeing clearly the message of grace that Jesus brought (read 2 Corinthians 3:11-18).
SEVEN “VEILS” THAT OBSCURE TRUTH
Our worldview is generally formed by seven major influences. For the purpose of this teaching, I will liken each influence to a veil. If we are not aware of the influence of the “veil” through which we often see, we may not realize why we do not clearly see the truth.
- The “Veil” of our Sin Nature
The influence of our sin nature is subtle yet very strong. All human beings sin. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God” (Rom 3:23). Sin is often defined as missing the mark, a failure to live up to God’s requirements.
But the reasons why we fail to live up to God’s righteous commands – sin – go much deeper. We choose to sin because every human being is born with a sin nature, a corrupt nature inherited from Adam. The result of one trespass (Adam’s) was condemnation for all men: “Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life” (Rom 5:18).
THE BATTLE AGAINST TEMPTATION
We are completely forgiven of our sins when we receive Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. The power that sin once held in our life is also broken at salvation (Rom 6:5-11). We are given a new nature that is empowered by the Holy Spirit of God to resist sin and the devil (Rom 6:12-14; 8:1-8).
However, the effects of sin, or the pain of sinful choices, sometimes remain in our lives. This can influence our choices as a Christian. Further, even after salvation, we continue to experience temptation. There are times when the former desires of our flesh want to pull us back into sin (Romans Chapter 7; Rom 13:14; Gal 5:16-26; Jas 4:1-9).
Because of these factors, it is as if we have two natures within us that are at war with each other. Paul explained that, despite his best intentions, he was still at times influenced by his old sin nature: “For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice” (Rom 7:18,19).