Through What Lens Do You View the World?

Nena Arias | February 7, 2022

“See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ.”
(Colossians 2:8)

“What you believe about who you are, where you came from, affects your whole worldview.”
~ Ken Ham ~

Are you predisposed to look at the world through rose-colored glasses or are you getting a realistic view?

What is a rose-colored glasses view? If you look at a person or situation through rose-colored glasses or rose-tinted glasses, you see only their good points and therefore your view of them is unrealistic, meaning, not real, improbable, romantic, starry-eyed, half-baked, or impractical. You are choosing to live in an illusion, and when reality sinks in, because it will, you are in for a great disappointment, and perhaps significant damage to your entire way of life.

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Is it wrong to be only an optimist? Yes, because an optimist is a person that has never had much experience. If you are basing your optimism only on wishful thinking and not on real life experience, facts, and lessons in history that go contrary to your wishful thinking, you are using illusionary vision. It is one thing to be an optimist and quite another to be a person of faith that is based on a solid foundation. The only truly proven solid foundation is God and his truth and wisdom. Everything else will surely fail even though it may take time to manifest that failure.

Basing our belief in God and his superior wisdom about all of life gives us not only the ability to see reality but also where it can lead in the future. That’s right, God also reveals the future of things which lets us know if we really want to go down a certain path or not. Hebrews 11:1-3 says, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.”

All of us look at the world through a lens. We have all built a personal lens. If we are basing this lens on truth, it is helping us to recognize the dangers, threats, inaccuracies, opportunities, and trustworthy principles or not. Who is guiding you in building your lens of the world?

We can thoroughly trust God in this matter because it is impossible for him to lie or to be wrong about something. Nothing and no one, other than God, can do that. Therefore, understanding the components of a worldview (lens to view the world) through God’s eyes and then understanding that worldview is critical to living successfully in the world where you live.

Through what lens are you looking at the world? Is it one that is guided only by your biases and preferences or are you basing it on what God values and teaches us to value and follow?

The decision is yours.

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