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Saturday, August 16, 2003

Edifier du Jour-1 Peter 1:3-9
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, 7 so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 8 and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9 obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.
This brings up some interesting thoughts. From a naturalistic vantage point, we have but anecdotal evidence of miracles and some vague feeling in our heart that God exist. We have even lighter evidence of Jesus' resurrection. However, I, and millions of others, have weighed that evidence and found that this is more than a 2000-year-old meme. If it is a meme, it's one with the power to heal and to change lives. If this is all a well-woven myth with a negligible basis in reality, how come so many people are being renewed because of it? The present-day Jesus may not be visible to the naked eye, but He leave a lot of trace evidence in the changed lives of His followers. That faith is more than just a mass hallucination that's got two millennia worth of legs.

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