Originally posted by eatmybishop
if you had never read the bible, never heard of a christian god, never in your lifetime heard of or been taught religion....
one day you're in the library and come across a book called the Old Testament, after reading about talking snakes, parting waves and burning bushes... would you.... in all honesty, devote your life to this book?
It could happen like this.
You go to the library and start to read Genesis.
You notice that everything was created by God. You wonder "Hmm. No one ever told me that before in such a simple way."
You read on and notice that God created man in His own image and that among all the creatures man holds a unique place in God's heart. Interesting.
You come to Adam and Eve and read about a deceiving serpent, the tree of life, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. "Wow, this really sounds unlike anything I've ever known. I don't know if this is suppose to be a myth or serious or what."
You put it on the back burner and keep reading, because you are open minded. You notice that the story continues as a seamless flow of history from Adam and Eve to their descendents. The continuation of the account reads like history.
You finish up to about five chapters and decide to stop. You're not quite sure what to think. The snake part was weird. But somehow some of this stuff sounds like the stuff of human life - excusing oneself, blaming God, blaming other people.
Something deep within has been nourished and fed. Something deep within has been put at peace. You don't know why.
Then someone comes up to you "Do you beleive that garbage? Boy you are naive if you believe that stuff. Didn't you know that that is all a bunch of nonsense?"
You just listen to him. You don't agree. You don't disagree. You say to yourself "Well, he seems so convinced. But I am not. I need to read more. I need to make up my own mind."
Unknown to you behind the living book is the living God with his living Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit impresses you with what He wants to impress you with. It may not be the snake speaking. It may be something different. But sometimes God's Holy Spirit just infuses you with something divine. Some people He gives the ability to believe.
Without the mercy of God I don't think any one of us can believe the Bible.