Friday, June 15, 2012

My week in Wallingford

I have been in Wallingford in Oxfordshire this week. A lot of the week has been spent in schools as well as giving public talks in the evenings about some of the big questions we ask in life. We have tackled issues such as: Why trust the bible? Who is God? Who are we? And last night, looking at life through God’s eyes! I don’t know about you but I feel that we need to discuss these questions as they are about the biggest issues we face in life. Don’t get me wrong I believe that there are many other massive issues that we face as a civilization such as terrorism, clean water, famine, HIV, cancer but there is a difference between the questions we have been dealing with and these other issues. The other issues are issues of natural and physical survival but we have been talking about matters of eternal survival. If we solve all the problems that we face on this planet (which would be incredible and worthy of a euphoric response) we are still left with these issues. Issues such as when life is over, what’s next? What if God holds us accountable for our choices and behavior? Who was Jesus, did he really come to tell us about God and to make the ultimate sacrifice to clear our guilt and give us eternal life? Why such intricate and detailed design in our universe if there is no original intelligence i.e. God.

I believe that God has spoken in His word, the Bible. It is not just the writing of men (2 Peter.1.21/2 Timothy.3.16) but the word of God which lives and abides for ever (1 Peter.1.23). It claims (and does) make us wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy.3.15).

As I close let me tell you about two sessions I had this week with teenagers about The Media and the Christian. As part of their class work they were asked if it was ok to mock and laugh at Christians. To my amazement the majority of them felt that it was not appropriate to mock a Christian's beliefs. They might have been saying that for my benefit but it was an opportunity to explain to them why I am not offended when people mock Christianity. I feel it gives me the opportunity to challenge what they say and to explain what I believe. It was a great opportunity to share the Christian gospel with these young people.

All in all, a very good week.

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