|Taking Every Thought Captive|
A Statement on the Christian Philosophy of History
A proper view of history must begin with a proper view of God. God is sovereign over His creation and is working, at times directly and other times indirectly, to bring about His plan of redemption of fallen men. History begins with God's creation recorded in Genesis and will be consummated according to His plan which is revealed in the book of Revelation. The center-piece of history is unquestionably the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. God entered human history in various ways in times past (Hebrews 1:1) but has at the right time (Galatians 4:4) spoken to us by His Son (Hebrews 1:2).
Without the knowledge of God's activity in history which is revealed in Scripture, men would be groping about in darkness as to the ultimate meaning of history. Indeed, those who reject the revelation of Scripture remain in darkness and are unable to provide any satisfactory meaning for history that transcends themselves. The only worldview capable of providing any rational meaning to history is the one drawn from the Word of God. In addition to meaning, the Bible provides the only explanation of history that can provide hope for humanity. The fact that the Bible presents God as a good, loving, and gracious God who has secured our redemption in Christ provides incredible comfort and hope to the believer. Against the backdrop of the myriad senseless and hopeless worldviews devised by man, the glorious hope the Christian has in Christ provides a stark contrast that is undeniable.
As humanity asks for meaning in history, who will answer? Many founders of religions and philosophers have attempted to give answers numbering in the thousands. But thundering above the cacophony of human voices, comes the answer from Scripture--"God . . . has . . . spoken to us" (Hebrews 1:1-2). Without the voice of God answering from Scripture, we are left without a comprehensible meaning of history and the hope that it communicates. Without meaning and without hope, the study of history is truly is nothing more than the retracing of our steps that have no beginning, the realization of the meaningless of the present, and the hopelessness of an unknowable future. Thankfully, for the Christian, the study of history is not so. "For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen" (Romans 11:36).