Tuesday, February 15, 2011

The Truth Project

Our culture is filled with assumptive language. Don't believe me, Google "Assumptive Language" and every link of the first page is about selling something (yes, even the blog post about telling others about Jesus). Few people come right out and tell you what to believe anymore. The media, politics, schools, and even the church commonly attempt to shape people's beliefs in an indirect, subtle, and often insidious manner.

As an educator, one of my primary goals is to prepare students to make decisions about their personal beliefs. As a Christian, my hope is that they believe in the Bible. But beyond that, I see people make decisions every day that are driven by deep-rooted beliefs that they often don't even realize they hold.

The Truth Project -- Teaser Trailer

The Truth Project changed the way I look at the world. It is a systematic approach to understanding the Christian worldview.

Everyone has a worldview whether they know it or not. A worldview is the set of beliefs, both conscious and subconscious, that drive our decision-making and interpretation of the world around us. While many people say they have a specific worldview, all too often the actions don't line up with the stated beliefs.
From the Truth Project website:

In a recent study, the Barna Research Group revealed a stunning statistic that continues to reverberate throughout the evangelical world. Only 9 percent of professing Christians have a biblical worldview.
Because of this, today's [Christian] believers live very similarly to non-believers. A personal sense of significance is rarely experienced, we spend our money and time on things that fail to satisfy and we begin to wonder what life's ultimate purpose really is. We are, in short, losing our bearings as a people and a nation.
 Here are a few links to research done by the Barna Research Group.
1. The Barna Update, "A Biblical Worldview Has a Radical Effect on a Person's Life," December 1, 2003.
2. A newer Barna Survey, "Most American Christians Do Not Believe that Satan or the Holy Spirit Exist" March, 2009.

Whether you are a a Christian or not, you must ask yourself: What has shaped my beliefs? What drives my decisions?  Through what lens do I view the world?

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