When I saw lafayetteangel asking for volunteers for the Three Day Quote Challenge, I decided to have a go at it. Here are the rules.
- Thank the person nominating you for the challenge.
- Post a quote on your blog for 3 consecutive days.
- Invite 3 of your favorite Bloggers to join the challenge
My thanks to lafayetteangel. Her first was Day One Of The 3 Day Quote Challenge: Abraham Lincoln. If you need an excuse to quote your favorite pithy old sayings, please feel free to volunteer.
Do you know what a Christian might be?
Are you like most Americans? Do you call yourself a Christian? Do you know what that means? Are you certain? Have you ever read the Bible?
It may be that America is about to experience a revival of immense proportions. I don’ know. I just hope. I just know that one afternoon I was out for a stroll, and that was when it hit me. I realized the Bible is true. I also knew what it means to be a Christian.
We give the credit to Martin Luther, but hundreds of years ago it was the invention of the printing press that set off the Protestant Reformation. Imagine if people had not be able to read what Luther wrote. Imagine if the Bible had remained in Latin on dusty shelves in monasteries. Then there would have been no fuss.
When I first studied the Bible, I did so because the commute to work was long, tedious, and frustrating. So I had decided to distract myself. I listened to the books I should have read when I was far younger.
Even though I was an agnostic, I knew the Bible was an important piece of literature. I thought about my lady and my children. They are Christians. Why? What had made America what it once was? Why is Israel so hated? Trying to explain my world I had run out of theories. I had no answers I trusted. Did the Bible? So I put one CD into my player at a time, and I listened.
At one time no one who had not read the Bible could have called himself educated and be taken seriously. Is not the Bible is the most significant work in history? Can anyone can truly appreciate Western Literature and not know the Bible? How can anyone understand the development of our legal system — our laws — without studying the Bible? Yet today we produce legions of English majors and lawyers who know almost nothing about the Bible. What explains such abysmal ignorance? We just don’t care? Like those who have gone before us, don’t we too need God?
Socrates said (from here):
The unexamined life is not worth living.
Beware the barrenness of a busy life.
Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued.
The end of life is to be like God, and the soul following God will be like Him.
If we don’t know God — if we never even look for Him — how can we be like Him?
The Bible tells us about God. Do you doubt? That is okay, but it is not an excuse to do nothing. Consider starting with the Gospels or the Psalms.
Psalm 34:8 New King James Version (NKJV)
8 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good;
Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
Think about the words. Imagine the man who wrote each book. Imagine being one of the first to read each book. What was the author trying to say? Was he inspired by God? What does God want me to learn from each book?
Romans 12:2 New King James Version (NKJV)
2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
Then consider the astonishing truth. He wants us to learn how to be like Him.