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A book of stories? | Mark’s Remarks

By on May 29, 2013 at 2:42 pm

Marks Remarks copySure, there are some parts of the Bible that are hard to understand, and there are parts of the Bible many people struggle with.

It’s easy to argue. People will say the Bible is full of contradictions. They will say this, but many will fail to list any contradictions.

Some folks will say the Bible can’t be a “modern day” God’s word because it is an ancient book. Being ancient doesn’t mean it isn’t from God.

Still, there are many folks who go on emotions. They hate religion, God or anything that tries to impose morals on them. They hate the idea of Jesus being God in the flesh or that Jesus is the only way to salvation.

I heard a story a while ago of a young girl. She was having a discussion about her upbringing in the church and why she had turned her back on God. She revealed she had been raped not only by a deacon in the church, but by her own father. Both men were pillars of that particular church.

So, as you can see, we can easily put emotions on the forefront as we struggle with what to believe. We live in a world of broken promises, lies and deceit.

In this case, emotions simply must be brushed aside. We can’t always go on what our feelings tell us. We can’t go on the actions of evil people.

The Bible was written by people chosen by God, through the power and influence of the Holy Spirit in them. It was written by faith, and it takes faith to read and understand.

People often reject faith. They simply don’t believe it exists in the first place. They would rather turn to things that don’t involve faith, such as scientific discoveries like evolution. Discoveries are simply that. They never claimed the truth.

God did not make a be-all end-all argument for the Bible because He wanted to leave room for faith. It takes faith to believe in Him. It takes faith that God exists and that His word is truth. God’s word is the only solid truth that will never change in this crazy world we live in.

I feel the most powerful evidence the Bible is real lies in the lives it has impacted and changed throughout history. We know of people who have completely turned their lives over to God after witnessing and believing in the power of the Bible.

Has evolution changed lives like the word of God?

I’ve personally known people whose lives have been radically changed by the power of God and His word. People have made a complete 360 in their attitudes, the way they live their lives, and the way they care about others all because of the Bible. I’ve seen it.

When my daughter had brain cancer as a baby, my family and I felt overwhelming and supernatural strength and peace from God and His word. I can’t describe it to you. It was as if we were being carried along by prayer, by God and by the truth of the Bible. Countless times we were uplifted and encouraged by scripture and what the Bible says about sickness, trials and obstacles. More importantly, we felt the true power of God the Bible speaks of. We felt it.

Some folks say they believe the Bible, yet they will tell you that they don’t believe in Hell. They believe the story of Joseph yet don’t believe the story of Jonah.

It’s not a buffet. It’s all or nothing. You can’t pick and choose.

I could go on and on. There are references to countless scientific theories in the Bible. The Bible talks about the uniqueness of stars, dinosaurs (yes, it does), movement of the universe, meteorology, principles of fluid dynamics. It’s all in there.

In the end, even if we are sold hook-line-and sinker, we may still have questions. After all, there are things in the Bible we cannot explain as humans.

But think about this: If God is God, the One who created all of this, who takes care of all of us, who is more massive and awesome than our minds can comprehend… well, shouldn’t He have the ability to do some things we cannot explain?



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Mark Tullis

Mark is a 25-year veteran teacher teaching in Columbia. Originally from Fairfield, Mark is married with four children. He enjoys reading, writing, and spending time with his family, and has been involved in various aspects of professional and community theater for many years and enjoys appearing in local productions. Mark has also written a "slice of life" style column for the Republic-Times since 2007.