Sermon "Skill in Your Hand & God in Your Heart"

Friday, November 8, 2013

The World Ain't Flat But My Bible Is

"Thy righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and thy law is the truth." Psalm 119:142
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It's somewhat of a popular misconception that Christopher Columbus set out to prove that the world wasn't flat. Truth is, by his time is was a known fact among scientists and seafarers. He really set out to explore, because that was his passion. And those who invested in his voyages were looking for commercial opportunities. However, there were some people at that time who still believed that the world was flat and thought that if he sailed far enough, he would sail off the side of the earth. They rejected the truth they had been told because they couldn't reconcile it with what their eyes could see. After all, if you stand on a beach at ocean's-edge, it looks like there is an end to the earth. It looks like you could sail off over the sunset, not into the sunset. 

You know, similarly there are many things in God's word that people reject because it doesn't jive with what they see or think. A God who is everywhere and eternal, though we can't see Him? A perfect place prepared for those who believe? An eternal punishment for those who don't? A savior born as a baby, lived as a man, and died on the cross who separates us from the two? To many, it just doesn't make sense. But the truth, and always will be, what God says is true! Just like the fact that perhaps millions of people believed that the world was flat didn't mean that it was. Truth exists outside of our own opinions or acceptance of it. That's what  makes it truth. 

So, even though the world isn't flat, my bible is. And my bible flat out says that God loves you, whether you believe it or not.

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