When Worldviews Collide: Applying a Christian Worldview to Ethical Issues

The question is thrown out should prostitution be legal?  Opinions vary greatly like extreme degrees on a thermometer some are hot, some are cold.  One side feels that legalizing it would benefits society because of revenue from taxes, it would create jobs, and they appeal to countries where it is legalized as their evidence.  Others feel differently and see it as moral decay for society not beneficial at all. What should the Christian worldview be for questions like these? How should a Christian respond to these ethical, and moral issues?

First, a Christian should understand that there are some basic philosophical questions that most everyone in the world wonders about and these form our worldview, (how we view the world). The questions are

Where did we come from?
Why are we here?
Is there a God?
If there is a God, what does he want?
What happens to us after we die?
Did we evolve or were we created?
Is morality absolute or subjective?

The moral/ethical questions like “should prostitution be legal”, are answered by an individual depending on their philosophical worldview.   It is not based on the evidence because two people can look at the same evidence and come to different conclusions.  Moral and ethical issues are based on worldviews.

A Christian’s worldview is based on the premise that God created humans in His image (Gen1:26-27).  Humans are different than the animals. We build cities; write books, and send people to the moon.  God’s morality and standards are absolute and based on His character which is unchanging, unlike societies morality which is based on majority vote and leaders making choices.

A Christian’s worldview is based on God who is faithful, good, kind, loving, merciful, just, and patient. These are some of his character traits and because we are created in His image we are to reflect His traits.  Like the moon reflects the sun and controls the tides of the ocean; Christians are to reflect the Son of God.  We are called to be the salt and light of the earth (Matt 5:13-14).   Salt preserves rottenness, and the light is not from us but from the light of the world, Jesus Christ (John 8:12).   The Prostitution industry is completely contrary to God’s image.  Prostitution is faithless, unloving, unkind, and opposed to how God intended us to live and glorify Him as image bearers of Him.

Those who argue that prostitution should be legal, should ask themselves honestly if they would want their children, parents, etc to go into that business.  If nothing is wrong with it their God given instincts to protect their families should be okay with it.   The heart is wicked above all things (Jeremiah 17:9) and the heart maybe trying to argue for the benefits of it, yet the mind and God given conscience are opposed to it.

The claim legalizing prostitution provide the best result for all begs the question if morality is subjective or objective.  If morality is subjective whatever benefits society as a whole is fair game. This sort of worldview can justify anything that can benefit the majority of a specific culture even if it’s genocide, or eugenics.  If morality is subjective there would be no moral absolutes; each situation could be different so you can’t say something is absolutely wrong.

The Christian worldview can tell you why raping children for fun is wrong, in every situation because the Christian worldview is based on absolute morality, which is objective. Subjective morality can not say raping children for fun is absolutely wrong because it would contradict the belief in subjective morality.

Pop culture teaches subjective morality and all beliefs are relative, yet this view excludes any view that is exclusive, therefore, it is also exclusive. It excludes any view that holds to a truth statement like all views are relative (which is a truth claim). Everyone holds to certain beliefs yet some beliefs are self contradictory and do not line up with reality.   For example the belief that claims there are no obsoletes; if true would make that claim false, it is a self defeating argument just like all beliefs are relative.

Truth is not a preference like what is the best ice cream.  It is independent of our beliefs.  In mathematics for example 2+2 equals four, there is only one right answer to what 2+2 equals.   You can believe it equals something else but you would be wrong. The truth to the answer is exclusive and excludes all wrong answers.

Jesus Christ is exclusive, “I am the way the truth, and the life no man comes to the Father except through me.(John 14:6)”  To claim you are a Christian yet hold to the belief that all beliefs are relative is by default calling Jesus Christ a liar, by not believing what He said.

Jesus said there were two paths a narrow one that leads to life, and a wide one that leads to destruction (Matthew7:13-14) He is the only road into heaven; remember in John 14:6 “He is the way”.   Jesus also said in Matthew 7:21-27 that a profession that you are a Christian does not make it so.  If you claim to be a Christian but ignore the exclusitivity of Christ hanging onto relativism that all worldviews are equal and morality is subjective you are saying Jesus was wrong or God could not preserve his message for humanity and either way He would not be God if that was true, because God cannot lie and is not thwarted by people. James2:19says even the demons believe in Jesus.  Saving faith is more than a mental affirmation, it is evident by a heart of submission to Him, believing His teachings, and is evident by how we view the world.


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