Young woman or old hag?
The Western Worldview is Institutionalised Unbelief: it socialises us to ignore God’s natural habitat
I love this picture because it is a graphic illustration of of what our western worldview has done to us. Although this is a well known picture, when I show it in teaching environments there are always some people who have never seen it. As they look at it, they see the young woman, or the old hag. Whatever they have immediately seen, a portion then struggle to see the other picture embedded in the drawing.
That is the power of worldview. It conditions us to only interpret data/information from one perspective. We’re all looking at the same information (lines in the drawing) but we interpret them differently and therefore come to radically different conclusions…
And if we’re unable to see the data from a different perspective we have become culturally grid-locked and unable to see!
That has a powerful and disarming impact on Christians in the West when it comes to God’s power. When our family was young we visited the Jorvic Centre in York. It was underground. Unbeknown to us, they had an audio-visual exhibition of a Saxon village during a Viking raid. The public had to walk around and through this “village” experiencing the dreadful scene. It was dark; there was screaming; flames; turmoil; death; fear…
If we had but known….!
That night our child was beside herself. Screaming, fearful, tearful, too young to be able to speak and tell us what was wrong.
It is the kind of thing that drives a parent mad, because what do you do? You have no idea what is wrong; should you call the doctor, is it physical, medical, serious or simply colic? Those were the thoughts going through my mind as I tried to decide what to do…
But hang on a moment, pause to reflect, examine my worldview assumptions and all that…!
Isn’t this viewing the experience as simply natural with natural causes? What if the problem was supernatural? After all, we had just visited an exhibition that I would have avoided if I had known, because I had a young child with me.
Well then, I’m not a doctor, but I am a child of God, and that being the case, I could do something here…
I broke the power of the spiritual attack and commanded the demon to go.
In those days, I wasn’t used to doing that. It felt a bit odd.
But do you know what?
Within seconds, my child was fast asleep!!!! 45 minutes of human effort and consolation that achieved nothing, one moment of prayer that achieved everything!
That is what breaking free from our secularised, institutionalised, socialised, peer-presurised, western worldview does for you!
It enables the power of the gospel to be lived out in our ordinary day to day lives.
It gives us victory!
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