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Faith Today: People have always sought meaning and purpose
By Curtis Fast
Yarrow MB Church
I believe that the Bible is the inspired word of God recorded by people. This opens up many good questions, such as: Is it possible that people got it wrong? How were the people inspired, or were they really inspired? There are many very good questions, but today I would like to deal with the question, “are a bunch of scrolls written thousands of years ago relevant to us in 2014?”
In Acts 17:16-34 the apostle Paul went to the city of Athens. At first glance the culture of Athens seems nothing like what we live in today; I don’t even own a tunic or a loincloth, let alone would I feel comfortable walking around town in one. But upon further inspection, even though their music, clothing, food, and housing were different from ours, they wrestled with many of the same questions about life that we wrestle with today.
Paul was travelling from city to city telling people about Jesus and the resurrection. When he came to Athens he found that “all the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing but talking about and listening to the latest ideas.” Some philosophers then took him to speak before their local council at Mars Hill so he could share his ideas with them.
In this passage there are four different worldviews that meet together (Greek, Epicurean, Stoic, and Christian) to discuss life and the existence of God. This is one thing that makes their culture similar to ours, and the Bible relevant to us. People have always sought meaning and purpose for their lives.
In Chilliwack we have Sikhs, Buddhists, Hindus, Christians, Atheists, Agnostics, and people of many other philosophies, religions, and worldviews. In that sense we are just like the city of ancient Athens—one main difference being that I’m sharing my thoughts to you via this newspaper article and not in front of city council.
When Paul spoke in Athens some of the people heard his message and thought that he was crazy, but others thought he made a lot of sense. I believe that the same message Paul spoke is relevant today, and the message is this:
There is a God in the universe, He exists outside of time and space, and He is very creative. He created the world, darkness and light, and to everything He brought life. Then He created you. He saw his creation and said that it was good.
God loves His creation.
Unfortunately, we didn’t always love Him in return, but God kept trying to reach us.
After generations of us not reaching back, God sent his son Jesus Christ. Jesus healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, forgiveness of sins, and comfort to the heartbroken souls of the world. Jesus brought life and for that He was killed.
He was ruthlessly beaten and hung on a cross to die.
If things were to end there, this would be a sad story, but it is not . . . Jesus was sinless and sacrificed his life for us, then rose from the grave so that we can live eternally.
If you confess with your mouth and believe in your heart that Jesus Christ is Lord, He will save you.
Do you want to know Jesus today?
• Curtis Fast is the Worship Director at the Yarrow MB Church. Feel free to contact him anytime at Curtis@yarrowmb.org.