Each one of us has a unique way of looking at the world. We call this our belief system, or worldview. People are known to have a secular or Christian worldview, an African or Western worldview, and perhaps a modern or old-fashioned worldview. One’s worldview is just that — the way in which he views the world.
My worldview influences my opinions, judgments, beliefs and decisions. It shapes how I define and understand family, time, work, religion, money, land, right and wrong. . . just about everything in life. A worldview includes concepts of morality and spirituality as well. What is right and what is wrong? Who is God and what is His character? What is the value of human life?
When a child is born, she starts life with an “empty head,” so to speak. The newborn does not yet have a worldview. She has not formed any personal opinions. Instead, those will be formed during the early years of life, mostly based on what she is taught, or maybe what is ‘caught,’ from parents and family.
What about when we are ‘born again?’ Do we carry our views and opinions–the ones that we learned from the systems of the world, influenced by the enemy of our souls–into our life of faith? Or do we, like a newborn child, start with a cleaned-out mind and learn everything about everything from zero? Does the Word of God inform our worldview, or do the cultures we come from direct us?
Jesus used almost identical words when he told Nicodemus that he must be born again and when told his disciples they would need to change and become like children. In both instances, the “you must” condition was related to entering the Kingdom of heaven. Unless you are born again, and unless you become like a child, “you will never enter it.”
Being born of the spirit = being a spiritual baby = starting with a clean mind that will be filled, formed and taught by our Father in heaven and His Word. I might need a re-birth in some areas!