DO YOU BELIEVE THE BIBLE IS STRANGER THAN FICTION?
Many people believe the Bible is strange and unbelievable. But they do so at the risk of missing out on our Lord’s peace and joy which can seem “stranger than fiction.”
Eternal Perspectives by Sally Bair
Stranger than fiction?
Though countless people believe in the truth of the Bible, many call it a fairy tale. Here are a few examples of Bible stories that seem stranger than fiction:
More than a million Israelites walked across the Red Sea when the waters parted, yet when the last person reached dry land, the sea rushed back and drowned their pursuing enemies. While wandering in the wilderness, the hungry Israelites received supernatural food—manna and quail that fell from the sky. Water erupted from a rock to quench their thirst.
Noah built an ark in the middle of the desert, by God’s command, so he and his family could be saved from a devastating flood that would come from sky and earth. Jonah was swallowed by a whale and lived to tell about it.
With a touch or a word, Jesus gave sight to the blind, health to the sick and life to the dead.
Peter, when cast into prison for preaching the Gospel, was freed when an angel woke him and the chains fell off Peter’s wrists. The angel led him past guards to the outside of the city, where the gates opened “by themselves.”
The Bible is filled with many other such miracles. And miracles still occur. Supernatural healings take place every day throughout the world. How is it with us? Do we insist that we believe in God yet refuse to believe in the miraculous? That sounds like an oxymoron to me. How can we believe one and not the other?
The biblical truth is that God is unlimited in His acts of power and love. We cannot define or explain Him or His works. We can only accept and believe in faith.
“Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book [John’s gospel], but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.” (John 20:30-31)
The Bible speaks about the spirit and flesh as opposites. “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:24) Since God is Spirit, we followers of Christ are told to walk in the Spirit rather than in the flesh. When we do, we won’t have any problem believing in His supernatural, “stranger than fiction” miracles.
Lord, thank You for bringing us to belief in and partaking of Your miraculous ways. Keep our spiritual eyes open by faith to keep seeing You as a miracle worker. In Jesus’ name, amen.