First, I want to say “Happy Easter” to everyone. Today is Easter Monday and all Christians across the world are still celebrating the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Writing this piece reminds me of a recent experience I had on LinkedIn. A guy had started a discussion on how best one could teach a child about Christianity without talking about evolution. The discussion generated a long thread of comments with many speaking about evolution and all sorts of things. I was shocked to the bone that majority of discussants were strong believers in Darwinism! Only a few of us spoke from the Christianity perspective, and it would be an understatement to say that we virtually had no voice in the heated arguments that ensued! I followed the discussions for some days until I got frustrated and had to stop further comments notification on the subject.
That little experience kept me thinking for days. How come so many people don’t believe the bible? Why are many so dogmatic about this idea of evolution, Darwinism or what have you? Why? Why? Why? I kept wondering. And I still wonder.
In Nigeria, the existence of God appears incontrovertible. Except you belong to the class of few who call themselves atheists, you are bound, as a Nigerian, to believe in the existence of God as a Christian, Muslim, or idol worshipper. Although, a distinction is always made between Christian/Muslim God and that of the idol worshippers whose “god” must be in small letters.
While we all appear to agree on the existence of one God/god or the other, there is a sharp divergence when it comes to the issue of Jesus Christ – most especially his death and resurrection. As far as I’m concerned, I believe 100% in Jesus Christ and everything the bible says about Him. Full stop!
For sure, some people will immediately label me as a dogmatic person for that declaration. I accept for certain reasons. One, nobody has been able to prove to me that the bible is wrong on its account of the Lord Jesus. Two, until you have a personal experience/encounter with Jesus, everything that is said of Him would look like a fiction. As for me, I have had some personal experiences of Him that give me the conviction that He truly existed and still exists today.
Do I believe everything in the bible? Yes.
Do I understand everything that is written in the bible? No. In fact, I don’t understand so many things in the bible.
Is that a problem for me? No.
Why? You may ask.
Well, I am a strong believer in the fact that things of the spirit are very difficult to understand. In fact, there are so many things in this world that cannot be understood, despite the fact that we experience them every day. So why should the issue of biblical accounts be so difficult for me to accept?
Let me buttress my points with a few examples. How come the planet earth we are in is hanging somewhere in the space and, at the equator, it is spinning at about 1,000 miles per hour about its axis; and also moving at 67,000 miles per hour around the sun? Who is controlling all those movements? How come the movements are forever regular? Why do we all remain stable without feeling anything despite the neck-breaking speed of the earth’s movement? Yes, a scientist will immediately answer that we can’t feel the movement because of the constant, non-stop, nature of the spinning. I agree. But who is controlling all those? Truth be told, this is something we can propound series of theories on, but we cannot fully explain them as humans.
There are other simple examples we can look at. Someone should ask, “How come an elephant grows so big by simply feeding on plants?” Can anyone explain the theory behind that? How about the cockroach? Yes, that same cockroach in our houses. If you cut off its head, it can still continue to live for days! Not only that; a cockroach can continue without food for weeks and still remain alive! Who makes all those possible?
I know the evolution advocates will make attempts to explain the theory behind the nature of elephants and cockroaches but, as far as I’m concerned, those are theories. I may choose to respect their views but, at the same time, they should also accept the simple fact that the nature of bible, Christianity, or spiritualism is also valid and, in most cases, beyond the limited knowledge of mortals like us.
By the way, which one is easier for me to comprehend between the biblical account of Jesus Christ that is about 2,000 years old, or the argument about evolution that wants me to accept that certain things occurred billions of years ago? Who was around even a million years ago? Who kept the records? How and where were they kept? At least, in narrating the story of Jesus Christ, the bible gives graphic descriptions of certain places which still exist in Israel till today.
It all follows that if I believe the biblical account of Jesus Christ, I therefore have no reason to doubt any other thing that the Holy Book says. It is a different thing when talking about understanding it.
How, for instance, can a virgin conceive without the “assistance” of a man? Well, that is difficult for me to understand. But it is what the bible says and nobody has been able to dispute it.
Can someone die and resurrect after three days? Again, I cannot understand how it happened; but it did happen.
I’ve heard people tried to disclaim Jesus Christ as a Messiah because of what he said on the cross. Matthew 27: 46 says:
- “And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?’ that is, ‘My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?’”
Those who have an issue with this statement fail to realize that it was actually in reference to what is contained in Psalm 22:1. You can check it out yourself.
Did Jesus truly say that? Yes. Was He in serious agony or not? Yes, He was. Did God truly forsake Him at that moment or not? Yes, He did. Why? Because at that moment, all the sins of the entire world had been heaped upon His head and God and sins are not friends. Do I have any authority for this? Yes. Again, it is the same bible that confirms itself in Galatians 3:13 and Isaiah 53: 4-5.
By the way, for the bible to have confirmed that Jesus truly lamented as such on the cross, it means that the book is complete and impartial. If it had wanted to force an untrue story on mankind, then that portion of the bible would not have been included.
If I then believe the bible, and I also believe in Jesus Christ and His resurrection, it means I must believe His words. Yes, I do. He said in Mark 16: 17 – 18
- “He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.
- “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;
- “they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
Did all these happen in the modern world after the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ? I say, “Absolutely!” If we even ignore what the bible says about the Apostles, how about the works of Charles Spurgeon, Smith Wigglesworth, Kenneth Hagin, Joseph Ayodele Babalola, Obadare, Enoch Adeboye etc? The records are all there for anyone to confirm. I believe in Jesus!
I can sympathize with all who dismiss the existence of Jesus Christ because of the charlatans who are now tarnishing the image of Christians everywhere. How, for instance, can one reconcile a situation where a Bishop is encouraging homosexuality which the bible strongly condemns? Why would a modern pastor/prophet turn himself to an herbalist prescribing one form of concoction or the other in the name of spiritual power? But we should not be surprised because Jesus actually said in Matthew 7: 21 that:
- “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.”
Yes, Jesus is no longer in our midst in His physical body. But His Name is still working wonders. How come the mere mention of His Name is a big problem for the evil ones? Again, I can’t understand but it is a reality. If you don’t believe me, gather some witches and wizards together and also get some true men and women of God to begin to rain the name of Jesus on them (witches/wizards). Simply sit and watch what follows. You will see a fulfillment of another portion of the bible, Philippians 2: 9-10:
- “Therefore, God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name.
- “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth.”
Have I seen this demonstrated? Yes, on several occasions. Have I personally experienced it? Yes, I have; and I continue to.
I pray, as He resurrected, may every good thing that has remained dead in your life be resurrected in Jesus Mighty Name (Amen).
Happy Easter once again.