I re-dedicated my life to Christ for the first in earnest some time in March of 2015. Prior to that I had gone through about twenty years in which church or any form of religion was alien to me. Before that had been on-and-off interludes in which I would make efforts to be a Christian which would somehow fizzle off.
But since March 2015 I have been on a strong and upward journey with Christ which has left me wondering why it took all of forty years for me to get to where I am. And that is the subject of this blog.
When I look back now, it is clear that the single biggest reason that I – and I suspect many other people – failed to stay on course was simply because I completely misunderstood what Christianity was and is all about. I bought into all the myths about Christianity, and thus ended up seeing it as a religion, as opposed to what it actually is: a science.
No doubt that conclusion will startle many, and may even lead some to accuse me of blasphemy. After all, is science not the place where the theory of evolution came from? Is science not anti-religion?
Simply put, science is a search for knowledge, or rather for truth. It is also about the application of such knowledge to master or manipulate the world to achieve desired goals or results. Science involves coming up with an explanation for why things behave the way they do, then summing this up in a neat equation, theory or hypothesis. Such findings are then published as scientific writings.
The bible is no different, except that rather than being the result of experimentation and discovery, it actually was authored by the builder or founder of the universe. In other words it is more an instruction manual, than a documentation of findings. It tells you why things are what they are.
The bible has been the subject of intense scrutiny especially as science evolved, but not once has it been proved wrong. Its detailing of how the universe came into being, though written from a lay point of view, tallies with what science is finding out. What is more important though is its relevance from a social and personal development point of view. The principles, precepts and guidelines given in the bible have proved timeless, something that no other book can claim title to.
While the first parts of the bible (the Pentateuch, i.e. the first five books of the bible) include a lot of ritual and religious practices, the latter part and the New Testament mostly are concerned with practical aspects of living. Intertwined in all of this is the prophetic pronouncements, which again have proved amazingly accurate when fulfilled.
There is no doubt that if everyone in the world lived by the principles espoused in the bible, this earth would be transformed into an instant heaven.
That aspect of the bible being an instruction manual has profound implications on both Christians and non-Christians alike. The natural laws (electricity, force, gravity, radiation e.t.c) affect everyone, whether you believe the science or not. Just because you dispute gravity, it will not exempt you should you decide to leap off a tall building.
If the bible is taken to be accurate, then it makes sense not to spend time disputing it, but rather applying it. While this might appear commonsense, unfortunately for us as human beings, common sense is not so common. I will explain why.
Suppose I have just bought a new gadget, a phone for example. These come with instruction manuals and the logical thing to do is to read the manual so that you understand how to use the phone. Often, though, we do not do this. We are often so excited we just jump straight into using the phone. When we encounter problems, then we try and read the sections of the manual that address the particular problem we are facing. Rarely do we ever read the whole manual and try to understand how the manufacturer intended us to use that device.
For most people, that is their approach to life. They jump straight into it and only seek God’s word when they hit turbulence. When they do seek God, it is to solve a particular problem. And as soon as that patch is crossed, you are back to your own ways. Most do not even seek God’s word per se. They just pray and do not even bother to find out if the answer is there in the bible.
Others of course spend time disputing the bible. Going back to our example above, that is like reading the operating manual and then deciding the manufacturer got it wrong, and proceeding to do what you think is better. What are the chances you will actually find something there that the manufacturer does not know about?
Cutting a long story short, what I have discovered from reading the bible is that it lays out life principles that apply to everyone. These principles are not religious at all, and I will expound on this in subsequent posts on this blog. Subscribe if you’d like to know more on why Christianity is a science, and how you can start applying that science to better your life starting today.