- Religion and Philosophy
Be sceptical, but don't be completely dismissive
There is an old saying “don’t throw the baby out with the bath water.” Now there is a lot of stuff that goes on in this world that I have to say I am sceptical about, whilst I don’t understand, I know it to be an illusion. For example pulling a rabbit out of a hat, impressive though it is, is just an illusion. Rabbits don’t live in hats. However, the reason I am saying don’t throw the baby out with the bath water is, whilst there is nothing wrong with scepticism, I think you can end up dismissing everything without cause or reason. I was a sceptic, so was Thomas who, when asked whether he believed Christ was raised from the dead responded quite rightly in my opinion, I will not believe it till I put my fingers in the holes in his hands and his side. There are a number of prominent people over the years who have set out to disprove Christianity, Lee Strobel was a well known atheist. He set out to disprove Christianity once and for all, he failed. Not only did he fail to disprove it, he also started seeing stuff, the sort of stuff that I have seen, which actually turns someone from an atheist into someone who believes in God. One example for me was when I was healed on the spot of a sore throat. Another was when I was prayed for and had an encounter with the most amazing energy; I swear my life was never the same after that day. I was touched by the spirit of God, and it was awesome! As for the bible I have spent many years now grappling with that exceptional book, and after studying it, pushing all the doors, and gaining a deep understanding of it, I now realise that not only is God real, but the bible is also accurate to the point where it is almost scares me. That book it reads you, your thoughts and your feelings. This video really helped me get the bible.
The bible is about the Passover lamb, you see when the Jews were enslaved in Egypt, Moses pleaded for Pharaoh to let his people go. He refused, so as a final judgement against the Egyptians, God sent the angel of death amongst them to kill the first born son, in place of the whole families. Notice the latent reference to Jesus there; kill the son in the place of the whole family. Then, even more interestingly, he asks the Jews to spread the blood of the lamb on their doors so God’s judgement would Passover them, that’s the reason it was called the Passover. Then when Jesus comes he is referred to as the Passover lamb, because he is the real Passover lamb. If you have Jesus’s blood on your door, you are no longer subject to God’s judgement, but are one of his people.
Want to try again with someone else? When Abraham was asked by God to offer up his only son as a sin offering, a son who he had waited many years for, who like Jesus was born in exceptional circumstances. What was God doing? In part he was testing Abraham’s allegiance, but what he was also making a statement, he was saying “this is what I am going to do; I am going to offer up my only son as a sin offering for the whole of mankind.” You can find Jesus in pretty much every story in the bible, if you look hard enough, he is the ark in Noah’s ark, David in David and Goliath, He frees the slaves from captivity (the bible says we were slaves to our sin), like Moses helps free the Jews in Egypt. So if you ever wondered why Christians are so obsessed with Jesus that is why, they believe that his sacrifice on the cross cleanses people from sin, so they are no longer under God's judgement, so God's judgement will pass over them like it did the Jews in Egypt.