Mental Glasses

“Most people today have not given much thought to their own worldview. In fact, many people do not even realize they have a worldview. Such people tend to think that all knowledge is acquired by unbiased observation of the evidence around us. This view is called “empiricism” and is itself a kind of worldview. We cannot help but have some beliefs about how the world works, how we attain knowledge, and how we should live. Even if we beleive that we have no such beliefs- this is itself a belief. So there’s no escaping it. A worldview is inevitable. A rational worldview is not.

Our worldview is a bit like mental glasses. It affects the way we view things. In the same way that a person wearing glasses sees red everywhere, a person wearing “evolution” glasses sees evolution everywhere. The world is not really red everywhere, nor is there evolution everywhere, but glasses do affect our perception of the world and the conclusions we draw. We will find in this book that the Bible is a bit like corrective lenses. Without “biblical glasses,” appears fuzzy and unclear. But when our thinking is based on the Bible, the world snaps into focus: it makes sense.

Just as a person wearing red glasses perceives the world differently than  person wearing clear, prescription lenses, so evolutionist’s “see” the world differently than creationists. We have the same facts. But what we make of those facts is colored by our worldview. Thus, creationists and evolutionists interpret the same facts differently. This point cannot be overstated. Much of the frustration in arguments over origins stems from a failure to recognize that creationists and evolutionists must interpret the same data differently due to their different worldviews.

Many people do not want to accept the fact that all evidence must be interpreted in light of prior beliefs- a faith commitment of some kind. Many believe that evidence should be approached in a neutral and unbiased fasion- without any previous beliefs. However, this is impossible. For this view is itself a belief about how evidence should be interpreted. Moreover, in order for our observations of evidence to be meaningful, we would have to already believe that our senses are basically reliable. It would do no good to observe some piece of evidence if we did not believe our observations are real and reliable.

We cannot avoid wearing “mental glasses” – having a worldview – but it is crucial to wear the right glasses. In the same way that a person wearing red glasses might erroneously conclude that everything in the world is red, so a person with wrong worldview will draw incorrect conclusions about the universe. But a correct worldview can prevent us from drawing the wrong conclusions and can improve our understanding of the world.”

(Lisle, Ultimate Proof of Creation, 25-27)

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