Why do I see the world from a Biblical worldview? That is a big question, and it is difficult to answer. It’s difficult because it requires me share my life story: to explain how everything I have experienced lead me to the point where I finally understood and embraced God’s Word. For many of the believers I know, this is so easy. They just accept, ‘like a child.’ But the Lord didn’t make me that way. For whatever reason, he made me question everything. I have to understand something before I can accept it. It’s sort of like a form of obsessive/compulsive disorder. If I cannot understand, I cannot accept — period. Well, I am not the first one to read the Bible and find that it makes God appear to be cruel and unjust. Nor am I the first person to notice that Scripture seems to contradict itself. So, for me, this created a barrier between me and my ability to sell-out and just accept the Scriptures on faith. But then things changed. It started when I changed my attitude and started to read God’s Word with a sincere heart and open mind. I prayed for His guidance, and His understanding, and I started to find the answers I needed. Then, in the course of His timing, I encountered a book written by a true believer, and that’s when everything changed for me. That is when I suddenly understood and I accepted every word of the Bible ‘like a child!‘
One of the things I studied when I was in college was the subject of individual worldview and its importance to properly understanding each other. We all need a worldview (a philosophy of life and understanding of how the world works) and, whether we realize it or not, we all have one. Our world view is a product of several things. It is shaped by our culture and the time in which we live, but also by our family and, ultimately, by each of us, individually. Now, while our worldview is shaped by our families and society, this does not mean it will agree with our familial or social norms. In fact, many people develop worldviews that run counter to those of their families or their culture. This is because our worldview is also a product of who we are as individuals, and that is why it is so important to have some understanding of a person’s worldview. Unless we have some idea of how a person sees and understands the world, we can never be sure we properly understand anything they try to tell us. Well, It took me a while, but I eventually realized that it is no different with the men and women who wrote the Scriptures. Unless we learn to see and understand the world as they did, we can never be sure we properly understand the messages they were trying to preserve for us. It was then, when this realization finally dawned on me, that the Lord lead me to this book:
In The Unseen Realm, Dr. Michael Heiser examines the ancient context of Scripture, explaining how its supernatural worldview can help us grow in our understanding of God. He illuminates intriguing and amazing passages of the Bible that have been hiding in plain sight. You’ll find yourself engaged in an enthusiastic pursuit of the truth, resulting in a new appreciation for God’s Word.
- Why wasn’t Eve surprised when the serpent spoke to her?
- How did descendants of the Nephilim survive the flood?
- Why did Jacob fuse Yahweh and his Angel together in his prayer?
- Who are the assembly of divine beings that God presides over?
- In what way do those beings participate in God’s decisions?
- Why do Peter and Jude promote belief in imprisoned spirits?
- Why does Paul describe evil spirits in terms of geographical rulership?
- Who are the “glorious ones” that even angels dare not rebuke?
After reading this book, you may never read your Bible the same way again.
Now, I am not promoting a man above the Lord, or putting the writing of one man before the Word of God. No, I am just saying that, for me — B3A — this book helped me to better understand the Word of God. It put me in the sandals of the scribes and prophets who wrote the Scriptures by teaching me to see the world the way they saw it. It also showed me that I have been missing very important keys in Scripture because I did not know or understand their meaning or context. If it had not been for this book, I doubt I ever would have ever learned about them, either. This is because the Biblical worldview is not only foreign to the Western worldview, it has largely been lost to the modern world in general. Dr. Heiser will help you recover some of that lost understanding and, in the process, he will help you acquire a deeper, fuller and richer understanding of the Bible. At least, he did so for me. Others may already know all of what is in this book, and I may be the last one to the party, but I don’t think so. I have been in church for 53 years now, and this book is the first I had ever heard of any of what is in it. More comforting than that, when I checked the passages Dr. Heiser provides to support his explanations, I found he was correct! So, if you are a believer looking to better understand the Word of God, I cannot recommend this book enough. It will help you see and understand the world the same way the prophets and scribes who wrote the Scriptures saw and understood it, and that will help you better understand their original messages.
One last note: Since reading this book, I cannot see the Scriptures or the world from any other position. I see everything from the Biblical perspective described in this book. Therefore, if you read anything I write concerning my understanding of Scripture, it will be necessary that you know and understand the worldview described by Dr. Heiser (and affirmed to me by the indwelling Holy Spirit), as well. Otherwise, I am likely to be taken out of the proper context, which can and does lead to all manner of conflict in the Body, and that is not my wish. So, please, my brothers and sisters, if you follow me, or more importantly, if you seek the Lord, read the book. 🙂