Nr.140 ended with: “We got talking about the Bible and at a certain moment I quoted Jesus’ words in John 14, “I am the way, the truth and the life.” Her reply? “Who says Jesus said that?” Then I was dumbfounded…………..!” (See richardandmarina.net).
Yes, I was indeed, and I asked her to repeat what she had just said. So she said again, “Who says Jesus said those words?” To be honest, I became a bit irritated and answered her, “But it says that clear and plain in John 14.” “Oh yes” she replied, “but our college professor told us that Jesus’ disciples saw Him as the way, the truth and the life, and when they wrote the gospels they put those words in his mouth as though He had said them, but we don’t really know whether He did or not.” I was quiet for a moment and then said, “But what then did Jesus say and not say?” “We don’t know” she answered. “Well, who does know?” I replied. “The theologians” she answered. I smiled and said, “It is hard to find two theologians who agree. No wonder the girls you teach are not interested in what you tell them. Jesus says in Matt.15:6b, “You have made the word of God of no effect (powerless) by your traditions.” In other words, according to you, we could all have our own Bible, according to what each of us picks and chooses.” End conversation. Now dear reader, maybe Catholics reason differently in the country where you live, but this is the way it is in Europe, aside from a few exceptions. This is what is taught in the schools and this is what we were up against.
The word of God has power, real power! It isn’t just given for information, but just as much, or maybe even more for transformation! It is meant to change the lives of people. Physical healings are miracles, but the greatest miracle is the power of the word of God to change character, that’s what’s most needed in this world. We need something to transform people’s hearts from being selfish to unselfish. I wish I could tell you about the people I saw changed by the word of God. I would love to tell you about all the changed lives of alcohol and drugs addicts, broken marriages, homosexuals separating, etc. too much to mention here. That is what it is all about and all of this because of the gospel and a personal relationship with God. That’s why I continue to be really excited about the gospel, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, see Romans 1:16-17.
And we saw many believing, not only in our area, but also in other parts of Belgium, wonderful! Much was happening……………….! (Go to Musings).