I excelled in sports, I aced my exams and I had a great career before me. Or so I thought. I went to church once — and that changed everything. Truth be told, I was bored out of my mind in the church service. One minute, everyone around you was standing to sing, and the next minute, everyone was sitting to pray. They opened their Bibles to read a passage from it but by the time you got there, they had closed their Bibles and moved on. It was a rather disconcerting experience, like being a fish out of water. I saw the Bible on my lap and thought I might as well browse through it to see what the fuss was all about. What stumped me were the maps at the end of the Bible. Maps of Israel, Egypt and the Mediterranean.
Who do you say that I am?
My second discovery is this: I had rebelled against God.
Check it out… Why does Jesus matter today? The most straightforward answer to this question is to say that it depends on who Jesus is. People have very different opinions about Jesus. Even atheists, agnostics and the adherents of other world religions, recognise and admire his unique character. They recognise that he was someone very special whose teaching is amongst the most profound the world has ever known, and that he lived a life that embodied his teaching in a way that few others could claim. So to begin with, most thinking people, whether they have no faith or a different faith, recognise that Jesus the man, was one of the greatest men to have ever lived and that he remains a great example for all people today both by his teaching and by the life he lived and the love he showed.
First, I learnt from the Bible that God made this entire universe including brilliant ole me.
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