Providential Interpretation of History
There is taught by individuals who hold a Biblical worldview, that there are varieties of it. But, it is on the whole, they say, a “prism” by which you analyze an individual’s perspective of life. This prism constitutes various facets, e.g., theological, philosophical, educational, political, etc. This requires that a student be educated in all, or many, of the possible facets of the prism before he can properly make an analysis of a thing. This has the appearance of tedium and dependence on the “knowing” ones or intellectual elites. If an analysis is a taking apart of something into its basic elements, it occurs a Biblical worldview approach is a manner of “taking apart” someone’s view or perspective. For what? to expose “wrong”? from what standpoint? the Bibles? How individuals judge by the Word varies, does it not?
I propose to advance the Providential interpretation of History, which is: One God working, ruling and overruling, in all of the affairs of men and nations to bring liberty to the individual. This interpretation allows for liberty of conscience, without judging an individual as being “right” or “wrong” about matters pertaining only to the individual. Providential history is inclusive of all men and nations; all things working for good, without seeing individuals through the prism of “them” and “us” all of the time. Providential history believes truth cannot be overturned; it is faith in the absolute power of God in all of the concerns of men and nations.
Providential history is taught through Universal History. Here, we are applying eternal, absolute principles to all men and nations. The nation is a divine institution, Gen. 10:32, and the third sphere of government after the home and the church. Universal history is guided by Revelation and a just view of God: Creator, The Most High and Divine Providence. Universal History makes the observation that individual liberty and self government are solely the effects of Christ and Christianity and that individual self government is the only positive alternative to despotism, which ruled mankind in the absence of Christianity.