Do You Suppose He Was Serious?

by Rich Dixon on October 23, 2014

Peace“Peace be with you.”

Jesus said those exact words at least three times in John 20.

The other night during our small group study a random thought popped into my head: Do you suppose He really meant it?

What if He was serious? What if He really intended for us be at peace?

It’s a fair question, if only because so many of Jesus’ most visible, dedicated, vocal followers seem dedicated to anything but a peaceful life. Observers could be excused for concluding that following Jesus involves a good deal of anger, strife, and fighting with “the other side.” (Don’t believe me…take a look at what passes for political “discourse” as the election approaches.)

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27)

What if He cares more about the peace in my heart than what I accomplish or who I impress or how many Facebook friends I have?

What if He doesn’t care who gets elected, but He cares enough to die for the person I’m sure is going to ruin the nation? And what if He wants me to let go of the nasty, judgmental attitude that hardens my heart?

“Peace be with you.”

Do you suppose He expected us to actually live it?

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Facts

by Rich Dixon on October 20, 2014

HAPPY MONDAY!

A three-year-old conversation prompts today’s word-of-the-week

FACTS

Monday“I’m a science guy. I rely on evidence, data, and facts.”

I’ve frequently pondered my friend’s rationale for not believing in God, because I’m a science guy, too. I want bridge designers and architects and physicists—and lots of other folks—to be science guys as well.

I know some folks believe there’s evidence for God, but it’s not the sort of evidence that’ll stand up to scientific scrutiny. It can’t, because science gathers data about the world God created and God exists beyond that world.

Just as God exists outside the realm of science, I believe there’s a level of knowing beyond facts and evidence. We call that level TRUTH.

Aside from my relationship with Jesus, my love for Becky is the singular most powerfully inspiring force in my life. I can provide no evidence, no data, to establish the existence of that love as a scientific fact. But lack of evidence doesn’t mean it’s imaginary.

That love is a baseline Truth in my life. Attempts to reduce it to facts of behavior or brain function or physiologic response couldn’t begin to capture the totality of the Truth.

We know the science that creates a sunset and the music theory behind a symphony, but none of that explains the experiences of viewing or listening or creating.

I think it’s a general principle that whenever we reduce a Truth to mere facts, or even try to express it in words, we diminish it.

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)

God didn’t explain The Word. He sent it to live among us.

And Jesus wasn’t full of facts.

Have a great week!

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