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Friday, December 4, 2015

Think About It

by Pastor B.J. Knefley

I believe that it can be safely said that most people like a good mystery. Whether it’s a good book or a movie, we sit on the edge of our seat waiting to see how it’s going to end. Some of us play the slick detective and try to figure out the clues so we can solve the ‘who done it’ before the ending comes. Sometimes there are mysteries that just can’t be solved. Oh we try and we speculate, but in the end we really don’t have a solid answer other than faith.

Take the Bible for example. Some believe that it was entirely written by men who invented God as a means to controlling people. Others believe that though men wrote it, it was done so under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Is it a mystery? Some would believe so but that’s what faith is about. Isn’t it?

In an interesting conversation recently my granddaughter’s husband shared with me that although he believed in God, he didn’t believe in the Bible because man wrote it. Later I asked him if when showing a house that he built to potential costumers did he described the house as the house he built or his subcontractors built? He quickly stated that his subcontractors built as he directed so it was the house that he built. You can probably guess where I was going to take this, but he caught on quickly and said, “I get your point, I never thought about that way.”

The word mystery is used several times in the Bible. There are things that just can’t be explained or understood. That’s why we call it faith. Hebrews 11:1 simply states that “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” Sadly many want answers. They want perimeters and absolutes. They want things that are tangible. The mystery of faith can be all of that and more if we’d only allow ourselves to delve into its mystery. Think about it.


Anonymous said...

AMEN Bernie !!

Anonymous said...

Which "Bible" are you referring to? Are all versions and variations of the bible the result of the Holy Spirit?

If your grandson built only 1 home on the block, but there are 100 other homes on the block as well, who (besides your grandson) built the other homes?

Are the other homes still homes with water, heat, a roof and electric?

Which house is an actual house, and which are fakes?

Judge MeNot said...

There are many levels of faith and there is certainly a fine line between faith and blind faith. For instance, I have faith that I'm going to be alive tomorrow because I'm alive now and tomorrow will come whether I'm alive or not, yet I don't have blind faith that there is a god just because some men who wrote the bible are telling me there is. I've seen those same types of people telling everyone that the world is going to end and taking people on holy caravans across the country for nothing.