Does the ‘lens’ through which you see the world contradict itself?
While snowboarding in Japan I wore tinted goggles which colored everything orange. After a while I had adjusted and totally forgot that I was wearing them. Worldviews are just like this. Everyone has a worldview, but most of us are unaware of it and how this set of beliefs colors how we see the world. Even if you think you don't have these beliefs, isn't that a belief in itself?
The question is not whether or not you have a worldview but whether or not your worldview is the right one. However, all worldviews not based on the Bible are self-refuting. They break laws of logic such as the law of non-contradiction which says that it is impossible for something to be 'A' and 'not A' at the same time and in the same way.
The biblical worldview is internally consistent and accounts for universal laws, such as the laws of logic, laws of nature, and laws of morality. These laws exist because they are a reflection of the character and mind of God. In contrast, other worldviews cannot account for these laws adequately. For example, if the evolutionary worldview is true and we just evolved by chance random processes, there would be no basis for any universal laws to exist. How would you even know that your brain had evolved the correct thinking processes in order to actually know anything?
Many Westerners these days hold to an atheistic or agnostic worldview that is based on empiricism. This says that true knowledge can only be known by the scientific method. However, this view is self-refuting because it cannot be scientifically tested itself. You can't put an abstract belief into a test-tube to see if it is true. I shared this with a very intellectual atheist recently and he said, "Oh, I hadn't thought of that."
Agnostic literally means 'don't know'. But a good question here to the agnostic would be: do you know that you don't know about God? Many agnostics may not even be aware that they have an empirical mind-set and simply say 'I believe in what I can see.' But can that belief be seen? Of course it can't because beliefs are abstract concepts.
We all know instinctively that God exists, and to argue otherwise is like someone trying to argue that air doesn't exist – and at the same time breathing! Atheists have no good explanation for why laws of logic exist – but have to use them in order to try to argue against the Bible – so they are actually stealing constantly from the biblical worldview without realizing it!
Buddhism, attractive to many who are anxious to rid themselves of biblical morality, refutes itself by the teaching you should strive to have no desires, but this is a desire within itself. This is clearly not a desirable state to be in.
Likewise, Hinduism is self-refuting because it says it is not possible to know knowledge, but that is knowledge within itself. The belief that everything is just an illusion is an illusion itself. Many Westerners have unknowingly embraced this 'knowledge'. They say, 'there is no absolute truth'. But is this absolutely true?
Islam refutes itself because Allah is so transcendent and unknowable that nothing in human experience is comparable to him. But laws of logic are part of human experience. So where do they come from if they are not a reflection of the mind of God? In order, to refute the biblical worldview they have to use the biblical worldview which alone accounts for the laws of logic.
The Qur'an says that the Bible came from Allah (Surah 6:114) and that God's words cannot be changed (Surah 6:34, 6:115), but because of the many contradictions between the Qur'an and the Bible Muslims believe that the Bible has been changed. But the Bible could not have been changed because we have copies of the Bible that were written before the Qur'an and they are the same as the Bible we have today. Thus in trying to refute the Bible Islam refutes itself.
The biblical worldview is the only self-consistent worldview that does not refute itself. It explains why we have laws of logic, laws of nature, and laws of morality – they are a reflection of the creator God revealed to us in the Bible.
You might have read all of this and still be thinking you don't accept it as true for you because 'truth is just relative'. However, this is an absolute truth statement, so this too is self-refuting. Restated it is saying that 'there is no absolute truth.' But is that relatively true or absolutely true?
If only the skeptics would be skeptical about their skepticism!
All of this confirms that what the Bible teaches is true. When people reject the one true biblical worldview and adopt man-made ones the result is that their beliefs end up becoming absurd, irrational, and self-refuting. To find out more about the Good News of Jesus Christ and how you can accept the true worldview see here.
Original article: www.101arguments.com/2013/01/the-argument-from-self-refuting.html