Disclaimer – The following post is not intended to diagnose, treat, or cure any disease or sickness. Please use caution if any parts apply to your specific situation and contact a health care professional for further advice.
Welcome welcome. Glad you could tune in again this week! Thank you for those that have reached out with feedback and questions! I love it. I hope you all have a very merry Christmas 😊 Only one part this week as it is an important topic to me. May your holiday season be blessed with Christmas miracles!
*Warning – Philosophical, Theological, and Scientific discussion ahead. And probably some very biased thinking haha*
I have always been interested in the supernatural. Mythology, legends, folklore, you name it and I want a piece of it. Quite often I day dream about having super powers or some awesome ability that no one else has. On the top of my list is time travel. I would get into SO much trouble if I had that ability.
I grew up in a Christian household. We believed in God and that there is a heaven and eternal life to look forward to once we die. My parents were also teachers (math and history), which meant we believed in science, facts, and realistic thoughts. When you believe in science and laws of physics, you tend to err on the belief that miracles don’t (and by definition of a miracle CANNOT) happen. This is interesting. Because if you fully believe in Jesus, you fully believe in the MIRACLES he performed while he was here on Earth.
I have always considered myself to be a realist, or “a person who accepts a situation as it is and is prepared to deal with it accordingly” (google dictionary). *that being said, my chronic anxiety doesn’t really fit well with a “realist” outlook on life*. I take this realistic approach to many aspects of my life, including my faith. I NEED PROOF and COLD HARD FACTS. And most importantly, to be true it just needs to make sense. Despite what might seem like a contradiction, my views as a realist have actually strengthened my belief in Christ and the conclusion that the miracles of Jesus indeed happened. And that miracles from God continue to happen every day in our lives.
I’m not here to bring you to the “Dear Lord baby Jesus” (Ricky Bobby voice). What I am going to do is play witness to what has happened before my very own eyes and in my life. Going through medical mysteries and chronic health issues leads a person down a path of confusion and desperation. In my mind it is nothing short of a miracle that I am back to being a functioning member of society. As a realist, I did not believe that one could be healed by anything other than a proven, medically and scientifically supported treatment. And let me tell you, I gave everything I had (physically and emotionally) to find a solution to my health that was on this “scientific” path. And I never found it. At least not on my own.
Let me be real frank with you. I DID NOT BELIEVE that Jesus or God or whoever was supposed to be “in charge” of my life would heal me. I had never seen it before. I had never seen a miracle happen with my own two eyes and even deeper, I did not believe that miracles COULD happen. It is super easy to say you believe in God, especially in America where there is very little violence toward Christianity. And that is what I claimed. But I did not believe in God’s super natural abilities.
Ultimately, the lack of getting anywhere on my own (or with western OR alternative medicine) left me with nowhere to turn. So I started praying. Not just on my own, but with other people as well. I BELIEVED I was dying and no one here on Earth could help me, so I started BELIEVING that my only hope was in supernatural help from God.
I love Greek mythology. Not in an obsessed sort of way, but in a way that the stories of Zeus and Hercules and all of those legends just get my adrenaline going. I don’t study Greek mythology. I can’t tell you if there is any evidence that these gods exist, but we all know they don’t (even non-Christians and I can agree on this lol). So there isn’t going to be any evidence. But I am intrigued by the stories nonetheless. There is small (although not beneficial) part of me that wants the stories of mythology and legends to be true. I WANT TO RIDE A CENTAUR! In a similar sense, I want the story of Jesus to be true (albeit not just because the story is fascinating, but because my salvation depends on it). And here is the catch. We have evidence of this.
SPOILER – Not going to sit here and spit out evidence. See bottom of part 1 for a brief note on this.
NO I didn’t walk on water. NO I didn’t turn any water into wine. NO nothing immediately happened that was cool by any means. But what I can tell you is that from the time I began intentionally praying for health restoration within God’s will and believing that He alone could heal me, I started heading down a remarkable path of recovery. After months of suffering, within a couple of weeks I was connected with the doctor who knew what was going on with me. I started playing basketball again for the first time in over a year. It was slow, but it was nothing short of a true miracle. Yes, western medicine played the most publicly evident role in my recovery. Yes, I take medication every day. Yes, I needed this doctor, lifestyle changes, and exercise to bring me back. But sometimes God hears prayers and answers them by using the resources we have right next to us.
This was the supernatural experience in my life I had always been looking for. This was the miracle I wanted to see. Funny how this miracle required such pain and suffering before it could be seen. The miracle I was looking for (and wanted) was the ability to time travel back and stop Hitler!
I am still a realist. I believe in evolution. I do not believe in a literal “21st century” interpretation of the Bible. I believe the dinosaurs existed. But I also DO believe that the Bible is error free. And by error free I take that to mean every chapter, every line, and every word are in there for a purpose and not by mistake. God divinely inspired every part of the Bible for an intended purpose. I just get that intended purpose wrong a lot of the time 😉 If it wasn’t, the Bible would be one dumb book. *some of you hold your tongues on that one haha*. What I NOW believe in are miracles and the ability of God to perform them. We just need to 1 – Ask for them to happen and 2 – Believe that they can happen *Mark 11:22-24*
If you find yourself in a troubling situation (medically or maybe just in your daily life), and your best effort doesn’t seem to be good enough, maybe…..JUST MAYBE…..give the supernatural a chance and ask God for a miracle.
I end this post with a neat story. Famous author and theologian C.S Lewis was a known atheist before his conversion to Christianity. During his time at Oxford University in the 1920’s, he befriended a fellow colleague by the name of J. R. R. Tolkien (Yes the author of Lord of the Rings. Wish I had some cool friends…). Although Lewis put up a fight “kicking, struggling, resentful, and darting his eyes in every direction for a chance to escape”, Tolkien influenced him into becoming a follower of Jesus. One specific late-night talk with Tolkien (and another famous buddy Hugo Dyson) led them to some discussions of mythology and Christianity.
Afterword, Lewis wrote,
“Now what Dyson and Tolkien showed me was this: that if I met the idea of sacrifice in a Pagan story I didn’t mind it at all. That if I met the idea of a god sacrificing himself to himself…I liked it very much and was mysteriously moved by it. Again, that the idea of the dying and reviving god (Balder, Adonis, Bacchus) similarly moved me provided I met it anywhere except in the Gospels. The reason was that in Pagan stories I was prepared to feel the myth as profound and suggestive of meanings beyond my grasps even though I could not say in cold prose ‘what it meant’. Now the story of Christ is simply a true myth: a myth working on us in the same way as the others, but with this tremendous difference that it really happened.”
Jesus is the TRUE MYTH. The reason this myth it is so uncomfortable to think about is because it is the truth.
*The Bible has been studied and examined for centuries and has tons of facts and history in it. Even if we don’t include anything pertaining to Jesus’s ministry, the Bible is a historical record of many events that have been proven and do not require any faith to believe*. If you are interested in learning more about the archeological evidence for the stories in the Bible, I recommend the book Etched in Stone: Archeological Discoveries that Prove the Bible written by Lisette Bassett-Brody.
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