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									“Through God’s Eyes” WorldViewEyes Presentation at Christ in Youth 2004 A WorldViewEyes Presentation www.worldvieweyes.org Produced/Written by Dr. Rich Knopp rknopp@lccs.edu Background Research and Significant Contributions by: Todd Henry, Adam Johnson, Billy Barton, Becky Hart, Robby Hart Program Presenters: Billy Barton, Adam Johnson, Rich Knopp, Todd Henry, Tracy Thomas, Rondel Ramsey [NOTE: The following material is the basic speaker script along with miniature slides for the WorldViewEyes multimedia presentation that was given at 21 Christ in Youth Conferences in the summer of 2004. Speakers used their own styles and emphasized different material in a variety of ways. The original presentation included animated PowerPoint and video clips. If you use any of this material, please provide proper credit to the WorldViewEyes program. Questions may be directed to Dr. Rich Knopp at the email address provided above.] Good morning/afternoon. My name is _____ from _____. We are trying to help Christians see the world with WorldviewEyes. I am here on behalf of the WorldviewEyes Youth Program to help you see your world through God's eyes. [share a little personal information about yourself to make connections.] As I said, my name is _______. I am one of the presenters for WorldviewEyes at the CIY conferences this summer. All of us are convinced that what we have to say can be of extreme value to you and your faith. It's my privilege to help you think a little deeper and help your eyes see a little farther. The WorldviewEyes program and was created just about four years ago to help Christian teens understand themselves, their faith, and their world of multimedia and other worldviews. We've had the opportunity to share our presentations with over 50,000 people since the program began. The WorldviewEyes program provides multimedia presentations for conventions, conferences, and churches; it has a valuable and interesting website that we'd like to invite you to visit; it offers an Internet class on worldviews that you can take for college credit or an achievement certificate; it is writing a unique multimedia curriculum on worldviews called "Worldview Inoculation: Get A Shot Where It Counts"; and the program hosts four advanced summer youth seminars with different emphases. We have a week-long seminar on Worldviews and Pop Culture held at Lincoln Christian College; a seminar on the worldviews and Urban Discipleship in Chicago; and outdoorsman seminar on Creation and Psychology in Colorado; and a seminar on church planting in New Hampshire. These are remarkable opportunities for Christian teenagers, and there may even be room left to attend this summer.


You should have received a sign up card when you came in to the session. We want to encourage you to register with WorldviewEyes so we can keep you informed about the program and how it can help you grow as a Christian.

We are giving away a free WorldViewEyes T-shirt to one person in each of our sessions.

To provide even more incentive for you to register, WorldviewEyes will be giving away a worldview “eye-pod‖ at the end of the summer. The winner will be drawn from the cards that are submitted this summer, and the winner will be announced on the website on Friday, August 13th. Please make sure you fill out a WVE contact card so you'll be eligible to win.

WorldviewEyes wants to challenge you to use ―Worldview Eyes‖ when you get back home. To help you do this, we are giving away stickers for your remote control at home. Every time you touch that remote, we hope you will remember to watch that show or that movie, or listen to that music with Worldview Eyes. Make sure you pick up a WorldviewEyes remote control sticker. It will help you remember some of what we talked about today.

This week, you going to have some great experiences at CIY conference –with worship, D-groups, spending time in God's word and with one another. But one of the most important things that could happen for you this week is for you to understand what it means to see your world "Through God's eyes" and commit yourself to doing that when you get home and for the rest of your life. Today, our important task is to think about what it means to see "Through God's eyes." We want to help you see with WorldviewEyes. We want to challenge you to think about everything in your culture with a Christian mind. And we want to give you something that will help to remind you to do that when you get back home. What does it mean to look at your world with WorldviewEyes? Let's remind ourselves of some of what we encounter in our culture.




My guess is that when you looked at those clips, not all of you saw exactly the same thing. In fact, hardly anybody sees exactly the same thing as someone else. How many of you are wearing glasses or contacts? [ get audible responses] it makes a lot of difference when you're wearing, doesn't it? How many of you think you have really bad eyes? ... Well, no matter what your eyes are like, we don't all see the same thing even when we look at the same thing. For example, take a look at this circle. What number do you see? This is an isochromatic color chart that's used to identify people with color blindness. Even people who are colorblind can generally see the number 25 inside this circle. However, what about this picture? [ shout out the number you see. ] What about this one? [ the number is 5 ] What about this one? [ the number is 42 ] What about this picture in the lower right? [ the number is 56 ] You see, we don't all see the same thing, even when we look at the same thing. In fact, sometimes people just can't see it. Many of you have seen this picture before. How many of you can see something in this picture? [get audible responses. shout out what you see.] When people look at this and picture, some of them see Jesus and other people don't. If you can't see Jesus here, it's a good thing you are at a CIY conference. Maybe you'll get converted!

Have you ever thought much about what other things see with their eyes? For example of you ever wondered what a honey bee sees? If you look at this picture, you would see six black spokes that look like this. However if you were a honeybee flying by, that picture would look more like this.


As a human, if you look at this picture, you see a target with several black circles. However, if you were a honey, bee this is what you would see.

If you were looking at a map of much of the world, this is what you might see. However, if you were a little honey bee flying around the room, hovering over this map lying on the table, you would actually see something like this.

How many of you think you know what you see here? [ Give brief time for response.] You couldn't see this with your eyes, that an instrument doing a CAT scan would be able to see the lungs inside a chest cavity But can you see here? If you've gone through an airport in recent years, you probably know what this is. Our human eyes can't see what it is from the outside, but the X-ray machine shows us a pair of shoes and some other objects inside this suitcase. And Eagle can see a rabbit from a thousand feet. (Sometimes, I can't see my own two feet!)

When we think about it, they're all kinds of different eyes and ways of seeing the world.

How do you think God sees the world? Does God see the world like a honey bee, an X-ray machine, a CAT scan, or an eagle? I suppose God can see in all of these ways and a whole lot more that we can't even imagine. He sees all the bigness of the universe and he sees the smallest subatomic particles. When God looks at the universe, does it look like this?

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Or this?

A Or this?

A How about this?

A When God looks through space, what does he see? How does he see?

Does he have some ghostly looking eyes? We know that God does not have a literal body. And yet we know that God sees the world and everything in it. The question is: what would it mean to see the "Through God's eyes"? I mean, if God had some special Divine glasses or contact lenses that you could wear, what would you see if you put them on? If you watched the video clips that we saw a moment ago with God's eyes, what would you see then? When it be neat if we could get some special lenses from God, put them on, and wear them constantly? We would probably see the world a whole lot differently from the way we see it now. In fact the WorldviewEyes program has been working diligently to produce some special lenses to help you do just that. See what I'm talking about. WVE LENS COMMERCIAL



OK, maybe that kind of lens won’t work very well, but WorldViewEyes is hoping to improve them. It's not really magical or instantaneous, but God really does call us to see the world in a special way--to see the world "Through His Eyes." and even though we cannot see the world nearly like God can, God wants us to learn how to see the world, as much as possible, like He does. I want to suggest that what God wants is for us to have worldview lenses —to see everything in our culture "Through his eyes." If we had Worldview eyes, what would they do? If you had WorldviewEyes, you would visualize the big questions of life. You would be led to dwell on questions that you don't often think about or don't often think about very long.

What are the big questions? There are a lot of important questions we ask everyday. What we having for supper? Where are you doing this weekend? Will you going to college? These are important questions, but they're not the real big questions. Let me suggest that WorldviewEyes would help you organize your thoughts about the big questions of life. One easy way to help you do this is to think about six letters and too small words: The first word is G U M-- gum.

The second word is T E.D. – Ted Gum – Ted. these two little words can remind you of the big questions that you need to think about. They can also help you talk to your friends and lead them to consider the real important issues. How many of you would like to be more effective as a witness to your nonChristian friends? I believe one of the best ways to do this is to create opportunities to talk about Gum-Ted. What do these letters stand for? It's not really that hard. G stands for God. Is there a God, and if so, what is that God like? U stands for universe. Is the universe all there is? Hasn't always been here? Was it created? These are some of the really big questions. M stands for man. Who are we? When did we come from? Why are we here? Where are we going? 6

[TRY TO SUMMARIZE THIS PRETTY QUICKLY.] T stands for truth. In our day, many people say that there is no such thing as truth. But even when they talk that way, they still have an idea about truth. Is there real truth or not? How do we know truth? If there is a God, does he give us any truth? E stands for ethics? Ethics asks questions about what is right and wrong. Is it right for me to lie in this situation? Is it OK to cheat on the next exam? Is it alright to get an abortion if I have repented from my sexual activity? Who determines what's right and wrong? The letter ―D‖ stands for death. It's not something we like to think about, but it's something that we will probably all experience. Unless the universe ends, you are going to die. In fact, if the universe ends, you are going to die. What happens then? We get all kinds of answers to these questions. They’re important questions. They’re the really big questions. If we have WorldviewEyes, these are the questions that we will constantly be asking. If you think about G U M and T E D, you will be thinking about the big questions and you will began using WorldviewEyes. Fortunately, our culture gives us quite a bit of help in raising these questions. VIDEO: MATRIX (ABOUT THE DREAM WORLD)


The matrix raises some very interesting and BIG questions. How do you know you are not dreaming right now? (I know, some of you may be dreaming right now. Or, you think this is a nightmare.)

Movies like the matrix give us a remarkable opportunity to raise these questions with those around us.

Our world seems all mixed up. Things don't seem in order. Some of your friends are terribly confused. How can we begin to make sense of all this confusion?


If we understand what it means to have worldview eyes, we will begin views a valuable map to understand our world. A map that makes sense out of what you experience. A map that will help you categorize many of these beliefs.

The main question we always one to ask is: how does God see the world? What does it mean to see the world "Through his eyes"? For one thing, if you have WorldviewEyes, you will visualize the big questions. There's another thing that Worldview eyes will do: WorldviewEyes will help you appropriately categorize different beliefs. We know that people believe different things. But we don't often consciously think about those differences, and how those differences compare to the Christian faith. In our media world, we have instant access to other cultures and other religions. Most of you encounter all kinds of different beliefs every day when you go to school.

How many of you could name five different religions? [real quick: turn to somebody close to you and list five different religions.] According to the Center for the study of global Christianity, in mid-2004 there are 10,600 distinct organized religions and over 37,000 "Christian" denominations in the world. That's a lot of different beliefs! And that doesn't even include the philosophies that don't accept any kind of God. As you probably know, almost all of these beliefs are called some kind of "ISM." Here's a list of seven of the major ism's in our world. And your response to these ism's is probably very similar to a response given in a movie that is widely watched by teens. FERRIS BUELLER VIDEO



You may feel a lot of Ferris Bueller! All these ISM’S sound way too confusing to worry about. But one problem with this idea is that if you say you don't like ism's, and you don't want to accept an ism, you are still committing yourself to an ism! You can’t really avoid some kind of ISM in your life.

Another way to talk about these ism's is to say that they are DIFFERENT WORLDVIEWS. A worldview is simply your basic beliefs about the big questions. A worldview is a lens that help you interpret the world around you. It is especially important, I believe, for Christians to be concerned about different ISM’S or different worldviews ... ... because we are warned not to be taken captive by Philosophy or any kind of empty deception. God has called not only to accept the truth, but to live the truth.

Though a list of ISM’S like this may seem very confusing, I want to show you that this can be understood pretty simply and by almost everybody. In fact, what I want to show you is that many of the major ISM’S can be basically understood by using very simple symbols and some common objects that you’re well acquainted with. Here's a brief overview of all of the symbols we will look at. Notice that we’re just using some circles, some triangles, and some curved lines. It will be as difficult as you think to understand these different beliefs. After we do a brief look at these ISM’S, we will take a quick quiz to show you how much you can learn about something that seems so difficult. Let's begin with Christian theism. ―Theism‖ refers to belief in a God of some sort. Christian theism is the belief that God created the universe, and then God entered the universe by revealing himself and by coming in the form of his son Jesus. We associate two basic objects with this belief: the Bible and the Cross.

Deism accepts that God is creator of the universe, but the universe is now totally closed off to God. It's like the universe is in a box by itself. you can remember deism by thinking about a clock. It's like God created the universe, wound up the clock of the universe, and then went away for the universe to run by itself. Secular Humanism gives up on God entirely. There is no God, but they believe that humans are great. And because of that humans with the God, can accomplish whatever they want. It's a very optimistic view; they are very happy with their potential and their accomplishments. When you think of Secular Humanism, you could think of a construction set. Secular humanists believe that we can construct pretty much whatever we want. We have all of the necessary pieces in our own box; we just need some time to do it. 9

Nihilism is a view that says that nothing matters; that nothing is really true; that nothing has any ultimate meaning. It's a very pessimistic view. It is a sad view. One way to think of Nihilism is to think of a toilet. Nihilists think that everything in life is going down the stool. Existentialism emphasizes the absurdity of existence. Like Nihilism, Existentialism has a sad view of the world. But an existentialist is going to make the best of it anyway. So the existentialist puts on smile. We become happy by being totally free and doing our own thing. The object we can associate with Existentialism is ... MR. POTATO HEAD. Existentialism holds that no one, including God, can tell us what we must be. There is no God, so there is no image of God that we have to follow. We must constantly define ourselves by the free choices we make. In a sense, every individual has to put himself (or herself) together. Postmodernism stresses the idea that every group of people has their own view of truth--their own perspective. What we have here is a symbol that suggests to different perspectives. Everybody has their own truth. One object that suggests Postmodernism is a remote control. A remote control that you choose your own program in your own way. You can just skip around according to your own tastes. New Age Pantheism believes that there is a God, but this God is pretty much identified with the world. The world is God, and God is the world. Pantheism stresses that everything is God. Everything is a part of the ―oneness‖ of the universe. Perhaps one object that suggests New Age Pantheism is a crystal-- especially a crystal ball. Many New Agers believe that crystals help put you in touch with the one S of the universe, and many believe that we can detect our fate through astrology. Here is an overview of the different ISM’S again. [briefly mention them all] Now we are going to do a quick quiz and try to learn a little more. Which ISM is associated with this symbol? [ have the audience shout out their answers]

The correct answer is Nihilism. It is a worldview of sadness. It is associated with what object? A toilet. What about this symbol? What worldview is associated with it? [ have the audience shout out their answers]


The correct answer is Secular Humanism. And what object can we associate with Secular Humanism? A construction set -- because they think they have all the pieces without God and they can do it themselves. What about this symbol? It has both a funny face and a smiley face. [ have the audience shout out their answers]

The correct answer is Existentialism. According to Existentialism, the world is absurd and pointless, but we are going to grin and bear it. We are going to have a good time choosing to do our own thing. (If someone is especially into physical pleasure, another name for this perspective is ―Hedonism‖: your Philosophy is to have as much physical pleasure as possible, and have it today. What object can we associate with Existentialism? MR. POTATO HEAD. [YEH] Correct. We have to define ourselves by the choices we make. There is no correct pattern for what we must be. God does not exist and He did not create us, so we have to determine ourselves what or who we are. What about this symbol? [ have the audience shout out their answers] This symbol shows to faces looking at each other from different perspectives. Each one is looking at the world in their own way. What ISM especially emphasizes this point? The correct answer is Postmodernism.... And what object can remind us of Postmodernism? [ get audience response] A REMOTE CONTROL. There is no truth to find, so we can approach our truth however we choose. Great job with the quiz!... Were now going to look at a few more examples of these Worldviews so you can have a little better idea of where we can find them in our culture. Before we go on, I want to say that when we think about these different ISM’S, we should not think that these Worldviews are totally separate. In reality, there is a lot of overlap among these Worldviews. For example, Christian belief agrees with Secular Humanism that humans are very special. So they don't disagree on everything. But they do disagree on how and why humans are special. As we begin to look at some more examples, therefore, we should keep in mind if we refer to a specific person who illustrates a particular worldview, it's also quite possible that there will be other things in that person's life that might illustrate a different worldview. Also, if we refer to a person has a Christian theist or secular humanist or post modernist, that does not mean that that person is completely consistent with that view. Nevertheless, it is helpful to recognize the distinctions between these different worldviews. 11

In the most basic sense, sphere CHRISTIAN THEISM believes in a personal God who created the universe; a God who has compassion on us because of our sin; and a God who because of his love comes into the world, specifically in the form of Jesus Christ. There are many examples of people in all walks of life who have a Christian worldview: Billy Graham, David Robinson the basketball player, and Kurt Warner the football player, Dolly Parton, and even Alice Cooper the rock star. One person who has been all in the news a lot lately because of his Christian worldview is Mel Gibson. Gibson's ―The Passion of the Christ‖ powerfully presents a Christian worldview: God loves us and God came to save us through Christ and his crucifixion and resurrection. This does not necessarily mean that Gibson or any of the others I mentioned are fully consistent with their Christian faith, and it does not even mean that they are actually saved. It does mean that they believe this basic Christian worldview, and it is a very different worldview from the others. Remember that DEISM is the view that sees the universe as a box and God is outside it. The universe is like a clock that God a wound up. God created it, but then he went away. One famous deist was Thomas Jefferson, a great early American leader. Jefferson believed that all men are created equal, but he also published a book on the life and morals of Jesus that eliminated any mention of miracles. Jesus did not perform actual Miracles and he was not raised from the dead SECULAR HUMANISM does not believe in God, and it believes that science and human reason alone can solve our problems. The universe is like a construction set: we just have to keep putting the pieces together. When I think of the idea of secular humanism, I think of this: WATERBOY VIDEO


Waterboy pic (―You can do it!‖

That's the view of Secular Humanism: ―You can do it.‖ (And you can do it without God). The Secular Humanists see themselves as #1.

Secular humanists see themselves as a kind of rescue hero to our world. ―Here we are to save the day.‖


A couple of notable secular humanists are Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, and Ted Turner, the man primarily responsible for the CNN news channel who is also the owner of the Atlanta Braves baseball team. (Ted Turner has made a number of very derogatory comments about Christians and Christianity. Yet he believes in helping humanity and in using science and technology to do so.) In an interview with Time magazine, Bill Gates basically said that the human being is nothing more than a physical machine. When asked about the human soul, Gates said "I don't have any evidence on that. I don't have any evidence on that." NIHILISM was the worldview of the toilet. There is no God in life is ultimately depressing and pointless.

Charles Manson, the serial killer, certainly seems to fit in this category. Another person who illustrates Nihilism is Kurt Cobain, the former star of the music group Nirvana. Cobain life tragically ended when he was 27 years old. In many ways Kurt Cobain lived in a Nihilistic life. And if you take Nihilism seriously, what is there to live for? The song "Nobody loves me" by Limp Bizkit illustrates the pessimistic attitude of Nihilism: "...I always feel sick. What made me tick? No rainbows, no smiles, no child. Glad I'm growing old. Still the same, I'm cold. What putrid life this has been. Could never fathom love or Jesus above. I guess it's just as well. I stand in this dark, draining life's spark, Oh how I wish I was dead." Understandably, not many people can, or want to, live a fully nihilistic life. EXISTENTIALISM presumably offers a way out besides suicide. Even if life has no meaning, exercise your freedom and revolt against all of the absurdity. Smile, even if there's nothing to smile about. Make yourself, since there is no God who made you. You are like Mr. Potato Head. Put yourself together. The Existentialist wants to emphasize ―FREEDOM.‖ And freedom can be a very attractive thing. VIDEO: ―LICENSE TO DRIVE‖



An Existentialist stresses that you should make yourself what you want. You are free to do what you want to do. I think a good example of Existentialism is the singer Alanis Morissette. Her very first song, even before she was a teenager, was a song about total freedom. Her life and her singing career have undergone constant changes. It clearly seems that she has been searching to define herself. Notice how these themes are brought out in this clip from a TV documentary on this intriguing personality.


Did you catch that her very first song, written when she was 13, repeated the phrase, ―I wanna be, wanna be, wanna be FREE‖? Existentialism emphasizes that you should ―DEFINE YOURSELF.‖ And Alanis Morissette is a good example of someone who has been ―totally free‖ in trying to define herself and not let any rules or anyone else define who she is. POSTMODERNISM is the ―remote control‖ worldview. Approach everything the way you want to approach it. There’s no absolute truth, and there's no correct order for things; you can randomly access whatever you want, whenever you want. The matrix movies illustrate Postmodernism. Since everybody has their own reality, nobody can be sure that their reality is ―true‖ reality and not a dream (or a nightmare).

I suppose a lot of people could illustrate Postmodernism, but people like Marilyn Manson and Madonna seem to characterize it about as well as anyone. People who boldly challenge any and all beliefs. People who can embrace whatever beliefs they want, when they want to. People who are constantly changing their image. People whose reality changes as often as their clothes. Take a look at a part of your culture.



Madonna can appear in a pornographic context, and can also relish the image of sainthood. As the one observer pointed out, she can be praying with her dancers before the show and going to bed with them after the show. This is complete relativism. No truth or value is absolute and nothing is to be consistently followed. NEW AGE PANTHEISM, the idea that we are all connected to the universe as God, is expressed in several major ways.

It appears in the religions of Hinduism and Buddhism and is presented by people like Stephen Seagal and Uma Thurmon. (Thurman was raised in a thoroughly Buddhist environment. Her father was the first American Buddhist priest, two of her brothers are named after Buddhist monasteries, and her first name, Uma.) It appears in the principles of Scientology, which are strongly supported by actors like John Travolta and Tom Cruise. It even shows up in the practice of Wicca. The actor Richard Gere is famously associated with Buddhism. Here he is pictured with the Dala Lama, the leader of Tibetan Buddhism.

The movie series from Star Wars portrays the New Age Pantheistic idea in its reference to the force that pervades all of the universe


We have flown pretty fast over some major ISM’S—some major worldviews. These Worldviews are attractive to millions of people around the world. They are attracting many of your school mates. And they may even be attracting you.


Having Worldview Eyes means much more than just knowing the right beliefs. WorldviewEyes will lead you to get God's truth inside of you. WorldviewEyes will prompt you to live out your beliefs in your behavior. WorldviewEyes are eyes that are sensitized to God's light. The fact is, all of this talk about worldviews is another way of saying that our real battle in life is not just a battle in our flesh. It's not just a battle over sex, or drugs, or beer; it is a battle over ideas. And Satan knows that if he can win you in the battle of ideas, he will expect to win the war over your soul I want you to take the challenge and began to see things through God's eyes—to begin using Worldview lenses.

Unless you have the right lenses, you can't really see what you're facing. WorldviewEyes wants to give you the lenses that will help you see what you’re really facing. Let me illustrate it this way.


[THIS IS THE FINAL SLIDE OF THE PRESENTATION ITSELF.] Do you have Worldview Eyes? Are you will willing to wear some ―worldview lenses‖? It’s gonna take a major commitment on your part. Are you willing to learn more? That’s one thing that we’re here for. I really hope you come talk to me or visit our website and find out more about how you can have ―worldview eyes.‖

[THE REST OF THE SLIDES ARE AUTOMATATED AT ABOUT 4 SECONDS EACH. THIS COULD GIVE YOU A CHANCE TO QUICKLY REMIND THEM OF THESE THINGS AS THEY ARE DISMISSING.] A One thing I want to challenge you to do. Get a WVE “REMOTE CONTROL STICKER‖ and put on the back of your remote control at home. Maybe it will at least remind you of God’s desire for you to see ―through His eyes.‖ Also, please make sure you turn in your WVE registration cards. We want to give you more information in the future, and it will make it possible for you to win a ―worldview eye-pod‖ in our drawing this August. A


Remember to check our website on Friday, August 13, for the announcement of the winner of the ―WorldView Eye-Pod.‖ A



A If you have any questions or want to talk about the presentation, please come see me.



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