"I believe everything that agrees with the Law and that is written in the Prophets... "
Thoughts for Today:I was flipping channels the other night when I happened on comedian Bill Moyer commenting on the credentials of then Republican Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin. Moyer said, "How can you vote for anyone who believes a big fish ate a guy then barfed him out three days laterunharmed, or in a boat that held two of every animal and insect in the world? Think about it, why didn't he just swat the mosquitoes and be done with them?"
Sometimes Bible stories can cause us to wonder, "How is that possible?" I think the answer is in our concept of God. If we begin with the belief that God is the creator of the universe and everything in it, then we also acknowledge He made the rules -- and if He wants to change them on occasion to make a point about who He is, then who are we to question Him?
I was playing handball with my seven year old daughter Amanda the other evening. This is not adult handball but elementary school handball played with a big red ball which is hit double fisted against the garage door. I never quite got the hang of the rules or the objective. Every time I thought I made a point, my daughter would say something like, "underdog," "babies," "tap," "slider," "out of the court catch," etc. I was confused to say the least, so it is not surprising when she told me I had lost. I couldn't help but think she was making up the rules as we went along.
My point is twofold: first, just because we don't understand how something is possible doesn't mean it isn't; and second, just because we don't think there are rules doesn't mean they don't exist. I think the best place to start a discussion regarding the authenticity of certain Biblical events is where Paul began his dissertation in our passage today, "I believe everything that agrees with the Law and that is written in the Prophets." The world says the Bible is foolishness and anyone who believes in it is a fool. The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 3:18-19, "Do not deceive yourselves. If any one of you thinks he is wise by the standards of this age, he should become a fool so that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness in God's sight." I am proud to be called a fool for my belief in the Bible. What about you?
Questions to Ponder:Where do you stand on some of the least scientifically explainable Biblical events? Doubting? Waiting for the next scientific breakthrough for explanation? Or do you take the Bible and God at face value? How strong is your faith and belief when confronted with the world's wisdom?