Passage: John 20:3-5

There are five basic questions every person asks at some point in their life:

  • Does God exist?
  • What is ultimate reality?
  • How do we gain knowledge?
  • What is the basis of right and wrong?
  • Who am I?

How you answer these questions is determined by your worldview – the basic things you believe and live about life.

Without getting too technical, worldviews generally fall into three categories: Atheism – there is no God, and we are the product of random chance; Pantheism – everything is God, and our goal is to realise that we too, are God; and Theism – there is a God, and we are His creation.

To discover which is the best worldview to answer the five questions I mentioned earlier, let’s put the three isms to the test on just one of them: What is the basis of right and wrong?

Atheism has proposed that morality arose as a by-product of our genes or that “it just is”, but truthful atheists reject this, admitting they cannot explain the source of morality. In a worldview which exalts selfishness and the survival of the fittest, there is no room or explanation for compassion, love, or sacrifice.

On the other hand, Pantheism argues that good and evil is an illusion! Our goal in life as humans is to be released from this illusion, understand that we are God and be absorbed back into Him.

Neither worldview leaves you with a satisfactory answer for the basis of right and wrong. Atheists have no basis for it, and Pantheists declare it isn’t real anyway – but we still live in a world where we all make moral decisions every day.

Which brings us to Theism. Theism argues that God made us, and He is the basis for morality – we know right from wrong because He has revealed it to us.

But how can I know if Theism is true?

I’m glad you asked that question because we will consider it tomorrow!

How would you answer the five questions mentioned in today’s reading? What beliefs determine your view of the world?