You and Your Worldview

by Don Meyer, Ph.D. | Sep 11, 2010

"Truth is not determined by a majority vote."
Cardinal Ratzinger

Have you ever thought about your worldview and the impact it has on your entire life? Glenn Sunshine addresses this topic in his book Why You Think the Way You Do

He says, "A worldview is the framework you use to interpret the world and your place in it. It is like a set of glasses that you look through to bring what is happening in the world into mental focus. More simply, your worldview is what you think of as common sense about the world. It is your gut-level, instinctive response to the basic philosophical questions." 

These insights remind me of an old story from a university classroom. As the story goes, an influential professor challenged his students with this question, "Did God create everything that exists?" 

A student bravely replied, "Yes, He did!" 

"God created everything?" the professor asked. 

"Yes, sir, He certainly did," the student replied. 

The professor answered, "If God created everything, then God created evil. And, since evil exists, and according to the principle that our works define who we are, then we can assume God is evil." 

The student became quiet and did not answer the professor's hypothetical definition. The professor, quite pleased with himself, boasted to the students that he had proven once more that the Christian faith was a myth. 

Another student raised his hand and said, "May I ask you a question, Professor?" 

"Of course," replied the professor. 

The student stood up and asked, "Professor, does cold exist?" 

"What kind of question is this? Of course it exists. Have you never been cold?" 

The other students snickered at the young man's question. 

The young man replied, "In fact, sir, cold does not exist. According to the law of physics what we consider cold is in reality the absence of heat. Every object or body is susceptible to study when it has or transmits energy, and heat is what makes a body or matter have or transmit energy. Absolute zero (-460 degrees F) is the total absence of heat; and all matter becomes inert and incapable of reaction at that temperature. Cold does not exist. We have created this word to describe how we feel if we have no heat." 

The student continued, "Professor, does darkness exist?" 

The professor responded, "Of course it does." 

The student replied, "Once again you are wrong, sir. Darkness does not exist either. Darkness is in reality the absence of light. Light we can study, but not darkness. In fact, we can use Newton's prism to break white light into many colors and study the various wavelengths of each color. You cannot measure darkness. A simple ray of light can break into a world of darkness and illuminate it. How can you know how dark a certain space is? You measure the amount of light present. Isn't this correct? Darkness is a term used by man to describe what happens when there is no light present. 

Finally the young man asked the professor, "Sir, does evil exist?" 

Now uncertain, the professor responded, "Of course, as I have already said. We see it every day. It is in the daily examples of man's inhumanity to man. It is in the multitude of crime and violence everywhere in the world. These manifestations are nothing else but evil." 

To this the student replied, "Evil does not exist, sir, or at least it does not exist unto itself. Evil is simply the absence of God. It is just like darkness and cold, a word that man has created to describe the absence of God. God did not create evil. Evil is the result of what happens when man does not have God's love present in his heart. It's like the cold that comes when there is no heat, or the darkness that comes when there is no light." 

The professor then sat down. 

The young man's name - Albert Einstein. 

Think about it.

Dr. Don Meyer is President of 
Valley Forge Christian College, Phoenixville, PA 
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