One of the most popular critiques of the Bible is that the stories are too fantastic, that they couldn’t possible be true. Obviously they must be fables or just tales passed down from generation to generation that become over-embellished.
However, look at some of the shows we have on TV today: “Most Outrageous Moments”, “Ripley’s Believe it or Not”, “Wildest Weddings Moments”, “World’s Scariest Police Chases”…. I could go on. You know, the shows you find when randomly flipping through the channels during your favorite show’s commercials and then your husband can’t peel his eyes away. You don’t necessarily want to watch, but you simply can’t understand how something like that could ever really happen.
Rewind a few thousand years. Do you think Noah really comprehended the reality of building an ark? What about Mary being told she would carry God’s son? Not only were these unbelievable occurrences, they didn’t have the benefit of cameras rolling to prove to others what they believed was true.
I just listened to a sermon about “What chair do you sit in”, basically explaining that there are three chairs each of us can sit in, that of commitment to God, compromise, or confusion. One generation may sit in the first, but it’s easy for the next to slip to the second and so on. It would be easy for us to discount the stories of the Bible as simply that, stories. But how many times have you been involved in a modern miracle story that few would believe unless they knew you personally? Are you framing the Bible in your own terms to rationalize the life that you want to live instead of the best life God has designed for you?
I hear stories all the time of “unexplainable events” happening in medicine, relationships and everyday life. Before you write off parts of the Bible as unbelievable and therefore not applicable, stop and think about how your life story will read to someone hundreds of years from now. I’d rather put my faith in the Father than end up in the seat of confusion.
“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” – 2 Corinthians 4:18