Tag Archive: Acts


Sometimes the most innocuous questions can lead to fantastic answers. Whenever I read the Bible, I expect to learn something. The pursuit of knowledge is a many-colored coat that requires a humble and teachable spirit. When we seek answers, we have to be prepared to receive the myriad of answers available to us. We then have to choose the one in the bouquet that looks best in the light of the Holy Spirit. We cannot mock those like us who are also on this journey even when their grasping hands are holding on to the wind. We can but learn, and then hope in our learning, to inform others of what we have discovered to help them on their way in our shared pilgrimage.  

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I’m a big science fiction and fantasy fan. If I had my own library, it would be full of this genre of books, in addition to films. Every time we sit down to read a fictional book or see a fictional program we’re required to suspend our disbelief. Even though we know there are no such things as hobbits or elves, when we sit down and watch The Lord of the Rings we don’t expect to see evidence of a car in a scene. We want to enjoy the fantasy. However, when we suspend our disbelief we enter into an unspoken agreement with the makers of what we’re watching. We will suspend our disbelief, and they will make certain not to ruin it by showing something real or otherwise out of place with the film. Now, this isn’t isolated to science fiction and fantasy. If we’re watching a historical film set during the American Civil War, we don’t want to see someone wearing a modern-day watch or sporting Ray-Ban sunglasses. However, mistakes do happen, and when they do, they disrupt our unbelief and possibly ruin whatever it is we are watching. 

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When I first read the Bible, I was struck by what seemed to be a contrast between the “Old Testament God” and the “New Testament God.” After all, it’s difficult to reconcile all of the death and destruction we so easily take notice of in the Old Testament (OT) with the loving figure of Christ in the New Testament (NT). Indeed, in the OT, people thought they would die if they saw God, and they were terrified of being in His presence. Quite the opposite way that we see Jesus since our desire, as Christians, is to be in His presence daily. 

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The mysteries of God are unsearchable. However, this, by no means, means that He is not logical and orderly. There is a common trope in the world that no one knows what God wants or why He does the things He does. This type of thinking is not the type of thinking we, as Christians, should entertain. Especially when we read the Bible.

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