My faith in Jesus Christ is strong, sincere, and not based on ignorance. It isn’t a philosophy, scientific theory, quiz contest, or some intellectual game. We have no secret handshakes or code words. I know Jesus Christ. The facts and study help me understand Him better, but they don’t prove or disprove anything that would hinder my faith. No worries.
How to answer a hostile objection:
Q: “Can God make a rock so big even He can’t lift it?”
A: “God knows, I don’t. So, I’ll ask HIm when I get to heaven.”
I used to wonder if my faith would sustain me at the point of my death, Like the Sword of Damocles, death is never far away from any of us, how much less those with a serious illness?
Three years ago I developed sepsis, a common problem for the immunosuppressed. It quickly progressed into septic shock and ‘shaking fever’ at 104F+. (There was also a wonderful hallucination of a family reunion.) When I called the local ER in Chaska, I was so incoherent and frightened, that they thought it was a phone prank, I was drunk, or both. They told me to sleep it off. I have no memory of what I was saying, but there were a few more misunderstood calls for help. Obviously, I was miscommunicating. The fault was mine, not theirs. Just one of those things.
The next day, I had a brief lull in the shaking fever, so I got into my Genesis sedan and let the ‘auto nav’ steer me to the hospital. Without that, death was a certainty. In the hospital, they pumped me full of things, brought my fever down, hydrated me, and loaded me up with morphine. On the whole, taking everything into consideration, not a bad day. (The hospital staff gave me free Diet Coke and chocolate ice cream once they stabilized me. I mean, what more do you want along with your morphine?)
But, I continued to decline rapidly. Soon my BP was crashing, nip and tuck. They found the right infusion to stop the progress of the infection and returned me to about 80% of what I’d been before Sepsis, which was about 70% of what I’d been healthy. So, a silly estimate that I kept 56% of my original capacity. So now I have a ‘New’ ‘New Me.’ A medication interaction, a few days later, dropped me a few more percentage points, but that is another story.
I was relatively lucid as we watched the BP monitor drift ever lower, far below normal, near death’s door. And the Joy and Peace of The Lord grew ever stronger while my life grew ever weaker.
I was chatting up the medical folks, asking about their families, offering to pray for them. That, my friends, is a miracle. I’m a big old ‘fraidy cat, and I frequently don’t care about anyone’s family issues, even under my best circumstances. So, the Joy and Peace that surrounded me were supernatural. A true miracle.
So, don’t let the spiritually blind try to blind you too, by attacking the Bible. Having studied my Bible for over forty years, I offer a quick summary of my knowledge here:
Why does God allow suffering? Beats me. God knows, but I don’t. So, I’ll ask HIm when I get to heaven.
Where did sin come from? Beats me. God knows, but I don’t. So, I’ll ask HIm when I get to heaven.
Why did God save me personally? Beats me. God knows, but I don’t. So, I’ll ask HIm when I get to heaven.
How does Jesus Christ’s death on the Cross pay for my sins, past, present, and future? Beats me. God knows, but I don’t. So, I’ll ask HIm when I get to heaven.
And so on. That’s the gist of it, free of charge. I mean, I can give you a decent theological and Biblical understanding of these things, but what good would that do if you don‘t want a real relationship with Jesus Christ?
The biggest truth I know is this:
“But I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that He is able, to keep that which I’ve committed unto Him against that day.”
Actually, I learned something over the years:
“Jesus loves me, this I know.
For the Bible tells me so.”
Make no mistake, He will “never leave you nor forsake you,” and He promised to “Be with you always.” He will not abandon you in your hour of need.
Don’t get me wrong; theology is a great tool for those who truly seek God to have a framework that guides their growth. It helps them understand that works have nothing to do with Salvation because Salvation is free. So, it helps keep Christ-followers and Christ-seekers from being deceived by Christ-haters.
I love Theology as a tool, but not as a master.
Make no mistake, unbelievers who like to ask you tough questions about the Bible, do not have your best interest at heart. “Misery loves company,” and people with no hope resent those with hope. And so, they will try to confuse you to hurt your faith. They have no real interest in any of the questions they ask you.
So, always cling to Jesus. Lean in and never let go. He won‘t let you down.
Do not give up the Faith.