Wednesday, March 20, 2013

WW: God.


Odds are you are one of the 18-million people tuning in to watch The Bible on the History Channel each week. And I am sure you are aware that the Catholic faith recently chose their 266th Pope. Did you watch it? A magical and powerful piece of history. I'm not Catholic, but I felt the gravity of the moment. The Catholic faith is practicing Lent, the Jewish faith soon celebrates Passover, and in a couple weeks Christians celebrate Easter. No matter where your personal beliefs lie, God and faith are making national news lately.

“Because God is with you all the time, no place is any closer to God than the place where you are right now.” -Rick Warren

I am a lover of history, just one credit shy of having a minor in religion. So, obvi, I am one of the 18-million watching the Bible. Historians agree that the Bible is THE most accredited book of all times. Because it makes such enormous claims, the Bible has been evaluated, studied and argued on both sides of the aisle for years. I am certainly no expert, but I'm a studied journalist, and always search for the facts and the truth in a story. Are the books in The Bible true? Well the facts are there, many historically verified, it's simply a matter of how you choose to read them.

People can be so quick to dismiss the fact that God exists. But, y'all...what if He does? Imagine that for a second. This is one of those questions that most people, I assume, have asked themselves. And this is a big question. An important one.

9780310209300mInvestigative journalist Lee Strobel, who wrote The Case for Christ, asked himself this question after his wife became a Christian. Not religious at the time he wrote the book, he decided to investigate the New Testament and see if it held up against investigative standards. He wanted to know if the stories were real or just wishful thinking. He asks the questions: How reliable is the New Testament? Does evidence exist for Jesus outside the Bible? Is there any reason to believe the resurrection was an actual historical event?

Sometimes it's hard to imagine a world or time period different than the one we're in. It can seem almost unfathomable to think of the world outside the parameters of how we see it. But the realm of God is WAY outside our parameters and it seems like lately, He is reminding us about Him. In my opinion it is hard for people to make any decision about God unless they read about Him. Like any relationship, you need to spend time with a person, ask them questions, learn about past history, see their interaction with friends and family, etc. - all of this to really  understand their know them.

“If you wish to know God, you must know his Word. If you wish to perceive His power, you must see how He works by his Word. If you wish to know His purpose before it comes to pass, you can only discover it by His Word.” -C.H. Spurgeon

Religion has made headlines lately, and I for one, have enjoyed the conversation.

To the journey, Lauren

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