This is a mega claim, this is a big deal, it is at your peril that you dismiss this big idea without careful consideration. What staggered me a short time back is that people really do believe this. I mean sane, mature, experienced, well-travelled, free thinkings, and questioning people (and Bono) actually believe this. That alone should be enough to capture your imagination.

If you look at the suicide bomber, the Medieval Crusades, men with big hats living in palaces or hypocritical adulterous TV evangelists and dismiss Christianity because all religions are the same you have bought the lie. You have taken your self serving, warped, polluted, jaundiced worldview and looked through it to see what you want. All I am saying is let’s take a look at the evidence because, if it’s true, if Jesus Christ really is the creator God of the Universe, as He claimed to be, then that changes everything. If the Devil really is who the Bible says he is the father of lies, and prince of the world then that explains the mess you see around you. Can you tell I am excited, passionate, and eager? Good, that’s important.

See what you think of the way Richard Foster puts it:

Many Christians remain in bondage to fears and anxieties because they do not avail themselves to the discipline of study. They may be faithful in church attendance and earnest in fulfilling their duties, and still they are not changed. I am not here speaking only of those who are going through more religious forms, but of those who are genuinely seeking to worship and obey Jesus Christ as Lord and Master. They may sing with gusto, pray in the spirit, live as obediently as they know, even receive divine visions and revelations, and yet the tenor of their lives remains unchanged. Why?

Because they have never taken up one of the central ways God uses to change us; study. Jesus made it unmistakably clear that the knowledge of the truth will set us free. ‘You will know the truth and the truth will make you free’ (john 8:32). Good feelings will not free us. Ecstatic experiences will not free us. Getting high on ‘Jesus’ will not free us. Without knowledge of the truth, we will not be free.

Richard Foster Celebration of Discipline (Revised 1999)

All I am saying is that I love you, your life has purpose and meaning, from when you were first a sparkle in your father’s eye to the very day you breathe your last. That your life will resonate, for good or bad, beyond your time and into the lives of your offspring and those you meet.  Each day you have 86,400 fleeting seconds, 1,400 precious minutes and 24 shining hours, invest them wisely.


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