To The Daily Sun,
I read with great interest the letter by Scott Joyce about how he believes in the God of the Bible but also knows the universe is 14 billion years old. I have always known the Bible contained ultimate truth, even before I began looking into it seriously. How did I know? Because the beauty of the poetic language has a weightiness, a depth and a substance that resonates with truth, more than any other poetry I've ever read. So much so, that it exists in a category of its own. I knew it had to come from God. When I began to attend church and read the Bible I knew the six-day explanation for the creation of the world didn't make sense. But it didn't bother me. I knew there was a way to understand it that I hadn't reached yet.
Then I read a book titled, "I Have A Friend Who's Jewish, Do You?" by Don Goldstein. He gives a great explanation of how the 6-day creation actually spans billions of years. It's not something I can recreate in a few sentences. I recommend reading his great book. Mostly his book is about how the Old Testament reveals Jesus. I know a lot of books do that, but this book has a uniquely inspired and lively way about it that I would highly recommend. The author is Jewish and he's writing for Jews and he approaches his subject from a very intellectual vantage point, which I appreciate. It is possible to arrive at a belief in Jesus as Lord and Savior through study and scholarly investigation, despite the claims of Calvinist types that it can only happen by being struck dumb by something completely outside yourself and devoid of any mental effort. That's baloney, as anyone who's read C.S. Lewis can attest.
Mr. Joyce says he came to his belief in God and adoption of Jesus as Savior while going through a difficult time in his life. This is what happened to me. I was dealing with an issue that was so large and impossible to cope with I knew that only God could help me. Further, I was dealing with something I believed was demonic, and I knew from hearing it all my life that Jesus is the go-to man for dealing with demons. So I began attending a church. In time I began to see my own sinfulness and was blessed with an intuitive understanding that unless I was saved, I would be nose to nose with all the black gunk inside my own soul for all eternity. Yuck!
Mr. Scott's assertion that you can't really grasp the meanings of certain Bible passages unless you read them in Greek or Hebrew gives me a strong desire to do that. But I'm daunted by the thought of how long it would take and how hard it would be to learn. Maybe Mr. Scott could write back and say something about that. I'm no spring chicken. I don't have 30 years to spend to learn two languages. But maybe it wouldn't be as hard as it seems. Also, if possible I would like to study these languages without doing it online, as I'm somewhat internet averse.
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