Is God’s Revelation to mankind simple? I think in some ways it is and in a lot of ways it isn’t. There are so many things that appear at first glimpse to be simplistic but on closer examination, they’re anything but. Then there are things that have always been there, like the sun, moon and stars, that we kind of take for granted. They are obviously there, they’ve always been there from our perspective but we haven’t really given them all that much thought.
And our history in North America is relatively short if you compare it to timelines from Europe, the Middle East or Asian countries. I remember when I had the opportunity to see many of the ancient sites and monuments around Jerusalem a good number of years ago and it struck me about the rich history that surrounded that ancient land. And yet, the local inhabitants were accustomed to being surrounded by ancient monuments and history and they too, took it for granted and didn’t give it all that much thought.
Did you ever think that if it was possible to go back in time, say three or four hundred years ago, what actual knowledge could you actually take with you and explain in detail to the inhabitants of that time? We all know about electricity for example, but how many of us could actually produce it from raw materials and then what could you then build that you could use it for? And just to make it interesting, that’s just one area. How about medicine, the sub-atomic world and how the ecosystems in our world environment function?
Our food requirements (production and distribution), medical supplies and facilities or energy supplies like electricity and fuel for vehicles and heating is normally very much dependent on others. Likewise with basics such as clean water and waste disposal. And, of course, when you become dependent upon others, we leave ourselves in a position of vulnerability, should the source of our requirement be disrupted for any reason.
The point I am getting at is that we think we understand so much yet in reality we know so very little. And we haven’t even looked at what we’re been taught in school about history, and whether the information we have been taught is primarily from one particular perspective or encompasses different cultural opinions. The same thing can be said about science or a host of other complicated subjects. We’ve been taught in broad strokes from a particular perspective that often times paints the picture that the authors of the information presented, want us to see.
Religion is often represented as humanities need to explain the materialistic realities around themselves that they did not understand. And there is an element of truth in that, especially when we look at some of the religious belief systems that were followed in ancient times and the numerous gods that were manufactured. And of course, it you study the evolution of religion in history, you will inevitability come to the change from belief in many gods (Polytheism), to belief in a singular God (Monotheism), which is where Judaism, Christianity and the Islamic faiths come into play.
Some people just accept the Bible as God’s Word or revelation to mankind and others write it off in entirety as just a series of books written by ordinary men. For those who wish to investigate further, you can find substantial documentation for either of these two perspectives. But just like our surroundings, that we often come to take for granted, without taking the time to really investigate, the Bible, when read and earnestly studied, brings forth a rich and detailed history of God reaching out to His creation and the move away from the false belief in many gods to the revelation of a singular God and the revealing of Himself and His purposes.
It’s interesting to note that one could spend their entire life investigating the pros and cons of whether the Bible is God’s Divine revelation to mankind without ever coming to a decisive conclusion, because in reality, the Bible is not dealing with abstract theories but is, in fact, the introduction and evolved revealing of God, who manifests Himself in human form, culminating in the person of Jesus the Christ, the Messiah, who is crucified on a cross at Jerusalem and who rises from the dead after three days, appearing to His disciples and many others over a period of forty days.
The Bible in it’s entirety, is all about Jesus. The evolving history, the continued expansion of the divine revelation, it’s all about Him. But reading about Jesus is not going to bring anyone in the Kingdom of God that He so often spoke about. The simplicity of God’s revelation is that something as simple of a child’s faith or trust, opens the door. The simple thing called faith, changes those words written on paper, or displayed on a screen, to a personal relationship between yourself and the living God.
God’s Word, the Bible, that’s been with all of us since the day we were born, still is here. In spite of countless attacks, no other book in the history of the world stands out in distributed copies and influence like the Bible. None. Ever wonder why? Have you ever taken the time to read it? Have you ever actually taken the time to try to understand it’s message? Have you ever gone beyond the superficial observance of organized religion and entered into a personal relationship with Jesus, the Son of the living God?
Considering how much we think we know and in fact how little we actually know, considering all the materialistic evidence we see around us for order and design, considering all the questions that are still unanswered with regard to origin of life and all the evidence displayed within DNA including code language and processes that make our sophisticated software of today look like child’s play, considering the existence of the universe originating from supposedly nothing and the insane improbability of all of this just happening by chance, what is it that has stopped you from honestly looking at God’s Revelation, the Bible, that’s been available to you since as long as you can remember?
Because this Bible, God’s Word, is God’s revelation of His love for you. It’s history, it’s showcased in a real person who actually lived and walked on this earth, who spoke words that none could refute, who performed miracles that none could duplicate, who foretold His death to atone for your sins and my sins plus His resurrection and then He actually did it. All foretold long ago in the Old Testament, before it actually happened, almost two thousand years ago.
But you already knew that didn’t you?
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!