Saturday Sermon: With faith, it's easy to believe
As many of you know, I'm a very loyal fan of Max Lucado and his writing. I am going to quote his lesson on "How to study the Bible."
Along with his lesson, I will include my own thinking along this line of thought.
Think the Bible is a peculiar book? Its words crafted in other languages. Deeds done in a distant era. Events recorded in a far-off land. This is a peculiar book.
It's surprising that anyone reads it. It's too old. Some of the writings date back 5,000 years. It's too bizarre. The book speaks of incredible floods, fires and earthquakes. Let us stop here.
How many floods, earthquakes and fires have we had in the last few years?
Sounds too radical?
Well, think again about what has happened to us in the last few years. I think God has given us a message to be prepared for these natural disasters.
The Bible calls for undying devotion to a carpenter who called himself God's son. Logic says this book shouldn't survive. Too old, too bizarre, too radical. And yet, if we have faith, we have learned to believe all of these things as written.
The Bible has been banned, burned, scoffed and ridiculed. Scholars have mocked it as foolish. Kings have branded it as illegal. And yet, it has survived and thrived.
It has been the most popular and best-selling book in the world for years. There is no way on Earth to explain it.
Which, perhaps, is the only explanation. The answer?
The Bible's durability is not found on Earth; it is found in heaven. For the millions who have tested its claims and claimed its promises, there is but one answer - the Bible is God's book and God's voice.
If you are a believer and have faith, all of the above is easy to absorb.
Jerry Wheeler is a lay speaker at John Wesley Methodist Church.