A Biblical Worldview
One of our primary goals at Calvary Christian Academy is to equip students with a Biblical world view. A world view is a person's view of all of life. It is the lens through which all experiences are seen. A world view includes the assumptions and beliefs that we hold, consciously or subconsciously, about our environment. A world view shapes our interpretation of the world around us and provides answers to the fundamental questions of origin, purpose, and destiny. A world view, therefore, helps us form our answers to the essential questions of life itself: “Who am I?” “Why am I here?” and “Where am I going?”
Everyone has a world view. One of the primary places in which a world view is learned is in our school systems. There is no such thing as a values-neutral educational system. A values-neutral educational system is simply one that is teaching naturalism, also known as secular humanism or "Postmodernism." One way or another, a world view is imparted to a child as that child passes through an educational system.
Our public schools may try to have a values-neutral educational system, but it is impossible. Paul's instruction to the believers in the book of Colossians is as applicable in the 21st century as it was in the 1st century: "See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ." (Colossians 2:8)
Calvary Christian Academy equips students with a Biblical world view so that they can process, via the lens of Scripture, everything around them. A Biblical world view gives a student a fixed point of reference. Christianity, by its very nature, forms a world view, one of being transformed to an image different than that of the world. "Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will." (Romans 12:2)
All of truth is God's truth, so why leave a portion of the truth out of the classroom? Our intent is not to completely isolate our children from the world, but rather to give them the tools to be able to deal wisely with the world. By giving students a fixed standard upon which everything is to be evaluated, we do not need to hide or avoid everything that is non-Christian. Therefore, all legitimate scholarship, including non-Christian literature and art, can be evaluated in light of God's Word. This allows students to be “in the world but not of the world.” This prepares our students so that they will no longer be “tossed here and there by waves, and carried about by every wind of doctrine.” (Ephesians 4:14)
Giving our students a Biblical world view also allows them to adequately share their faith. How can one share that which has not been adequately learned? And why would one who has total assurance of all that is in God's word be afraid to hold it up to any challenge or other world view? Faith in the God of truth can be defended as truth unashamedly before any attack from “intellectuals”. “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” (1 Peter 3:15)
The need for Biblical education is described well in Deuteronomy chapters 4-11:
DT 4:2 Do not add to what I command you and do not subtract from it, but keep the commands of the LORD your God that I give you.
DT 4:9 Only be careful, and watch yourselves closely so that you do not forget the things your eyes have seen or let them slip from your heart as long as you live. Teach them to your children and to their children after them. 10 Remember the day you stood before the LORD your God at Horeb, when he said to me, "Assemble the people before me to hear my words so that they may learn to revere me as long as they live in the land and may teach them to their children."
DT 5:32 So be careful to do what the LORD your God has commanded you; do not turn aside to the right or to the left. 33 Walk in all the way that the LORD your God has commanded you, so that you may live and prosper and prolong your days in the land that you will possess.
DT 6:1 These are the commands, decrees and laws the LORD your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, 2 so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the LORD your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life. 3 Hear, O Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the LORD, the God of your fathers, promised you.
DT 6:4 Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. 5 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.