Four useful worldview questions...

These four questions are useful for uncovering a worldview:

  • What you think is true about God?
  • What are people? (where did we come from? What are our origins?)
  • What do you think happens when you die?
  • What do you live for? What are your aims? 

Here is how some people might respond to them:


Person 1

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What do you think is true about God?

"God made everything, he is eternal. I shall meet him one day. He will look at what I have been doing and whether I have lived a good life or not. I am special because he made me."

So what are people? Where do we come from?

"God made us! We are unique and very special because we are uniquely made by him."

What do you think happens when we die?

"We will meet God. He will assess or judge our lives and then there will be an eternity in Heaven or Hell."

What do you live for? What are your aims?

"Worshipping God in all things. This means that I try to do everything that would please God. I am not a robot - I still have my own freewill - but I use it to please and worship him. I believe that God gave me everything and deserves everything back. I believe that if I obey his ways it will mean the best kind of life for me (even if it doesn't always feel like it)."

This person is called a Theist

The family of Theism might include Jews, Muslims and Christians. This doesn't mean that they believe the same things, just that they have some similarities.


Person 2

What is true about God?

"God didn't create us - we invented the idea of God to make us feel more comfortable when we felt scared of the mysteries of life."

What are people? Where did we come from?

"We are the result of natural selection, survival of the fittest, evolution and the big bang. There was no designer behind it all. We are an amazing fluke. Amazing." 

What do you think happens when you die?

"That's all folks. Nothing. You are gone. YOLO."

What do you live for? What are your aims?

"I don't believe that there is a God who has spoken to the human race. I therefore have to go one what I think are the best ideas I can get. I am the judge of what those ideas may be."

This person is called an Atheist

The family of Atheism might include Humanists and Buddhists. This doesn't mean that they believe the same things, just that they have some similarities.


Person 3

What is true about God?

"God is the Universe and the Universe is God. He is in all things. A bit like the 'force' in those Star Wars movies. God is not so much a personal being - he is more a life force flowing through all things."

What are people? Where did we come from?

"If God is the universe and the universe is God - then it naturally follows that every person is a part of God. I am God. I am in God. God is me. God is in me."

What do you think happens when you die?

"We are reincarnated. We come back as another life. It is all based on whether we have lived a good or bad life - our score - our Karma."

What do you life for? What are your aims?

"To try and become one with the universe. To become one with God. I do this by devoting my life to good activities and trying to pay for the bad that I may have committed in this or a previous life. Ultimately I want to be free from suffering so I seek to work off the bad."

This person is called a Pantheist.

The family of Pantheism might include Hindus, Buddhists and Sikhs. This doesn't mean that they believe the same things, just that they have some similarities.


Which of them do you most relate to? Which of them do you disagree with? Why?