Thanksgiving, Christmas…How is Your Faith?

We read in the twentieth chapter of John about the interchange between Jesus and Thomas. One of the twelve, Thomas had seen and experienced a lot in his three years traveling with Jesus. A week after Jesus appeared to most of the disciples and after Thomas said that it would take the physical evidence of his own touch to believe that Jesus was alive again, we find a dramatic scene. Behind locked doors Thomas and others were surprised when Jesus walked into their mist and greeted them. Knowing what Thomas had said a week earlier, Jesus invited him to touch the hole in His side and believe. Verse 27, Jesus said to “stop doubting and believe”, and Thomas, now with his physical evidence, believed. Then in verse 29 we read the words of Jesus, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”

Mankind hasn’t learned much about believing in Jesus for the search for physical evidence is still strong. December 18, 1995 issue of TIME asks the question on the cover “Is the Bible fact or fiction?” Using archaeology as the hand of Thomas, author Michael D. Lemonick asks the question “Are the Bible’s stories true?” Lemonick writes,

“Each spadeful of dirt an archaeologist turns up could yield evidence about how, and even whether, these and other biblical figures [Jesus, Abraham, King David and King Solomon] actually lived. As Hannukah and Christmas approach, believers around the world are attuned more than ever to the significance of archaeological finds of the past century, and especially the past few years, in establishing the reality of the events underlying their faith.”

 Sorry Mr. Lemonick, but I don’t need some archaeologist to “establish the reality” of my faith! I don’t need to touch the hole in Jesus’ side to believe; I see the reality all around me every day. Have the eyes to see! I see the work of the Lord, the Creator, in His creation; I see the work of the Holy Spirit in my life! My faith is real and strong and doesn’t require a dusty artifact to make it real!

I realize that many desire the “burning bush” type of physical evidence to believe; like the Thomas before them, it would make all this “faith stuff” more real. I used to work with some Pentecostal guys that constantly suggested they “throw out a fleece” to get a sign; for me, a closer walk with Thee is all I need. It was my hope that the book, I Am, the Great Creator God, would help people to see differently; that they would notice the physical proof they so desperately seek has been there all along, right in front of their noses.

Pray for George Will and all the other Atheists

Jesus Christ redeemed all through His blood and death on the cross; He paid the price. Now, salvation comes through a person accepting this great gift of grace and forgiveness, making Jesus Christ Lord of their life, and repenting of the old ways to become a new creation…thus trying to live a more pure life of thanksgiving for what you have already received. I respect George Will’s intellect. Newsmax published (Sept. 22, 2014) a quote from Mr. Will in a “Real Clear Religion” interview writing, “I’m an atheist. An agnostic is someone who is not sure. I’m pretty sure.
I see no evidence of God.” George Will said he majored in religion in college…what did they [the college professors] do to him? Was the very life sucked out of him? Where did his vision, his passion go? Newsmax goes on to provide the “Real Clear Religion” quote, “The basic question in life is not, ‘Is there a God,’ but ‘Why does anything exist?’ St. Thomas Aquinas said that there must be a first cause for everything, and we call the first cause ‘God.’ Fine, but it just has no hold on me.”

How sad! We Christians need to pray for the eyes of the atheists to be opened to see God! The evidence is all around us if you know how to look, how to open your eyes, your heart and your mind to God. Don’t they see that the walls they build blind them from seeing the very God they claim doesn’t exist? The book, “I Am, the Great Creator God” (available for review at www.muskratbooks.com) was written just for this purpose. To show people how to “see”; how to open their eyes to the evidence of God all around them. They need to forget the nonsense of evolution and look at creation as being God created. As with a painter or architect, you will see the Creator in the creation. Start looking at the small things…Examine a Wood Duck, a Mandarin Duck, a Buckeye Butterfly, and a 7-Circle Butterfly to see God’s creative poetry! These (and many other examples) reflect delicate coloring and design symmetry, not needed for mate attraction or survival, symmetry is simply not possible as happenstance out-growth from some lower/lesser species. The people against God like to generate great intellectual debates sounding so learned so to scare off their opponents. They like to change definitions to suit their own arguments, as they do with the definition of entropy, which by the way scientifically does away with their scientific arguments on evolution. This is why we need to drop the self-defense walls, open our eyes, hearts and minds to at least the possibility of the presence of God, and become like little children to allow the Holy Spirit to convict you to the reality of a wonderful world of peace, grace, forgiveness and thanksgiving…God is waiting for you with open arms! Of course there is evil in the world. Of course bad things happen to good people. But there is so much more to the whole story of God’s plan for His creation; we know in part…we look through a glass darkly.

Mr. Will, the evidence you claim to seek is there. The culture has a way of blinding people, even more so now than a mere 10 years ago. I fear it is getting much worse. I pray for those with closed eyes and closed minds to have God’s Light of grace and forgiveness open up to them. If we Christians have placed a basket over God’s Light, then shame on us! We are charged with a task! We are to carry God’s Light into the world, not bury it to those that need to see it.