Today our conversation about glorified bodies concludes. It’s been a nice conversation, don’t you think? I wrote, you questioned. I wrote, you questioned again. Today I respond for the final time. The Bible warns us to avoid conversations that promote controversies rather than God’s work (such as I Timothy 1:4-7). Our dialogue has been God-honoring and profitable so far, but I want to move on before it becomes endless and meaningless.
After the last post where I explained the concept of dimensions in geometry as a way of understanding our glorified bodies in heaven, one reader had this to say: “I liked your post. I understood what you were saying, but I gotta tell you, why does it matter? Why?” Ah! Great question! Here’s why it’s important to me, and I hope to you as well.
Most of us have heard the phrase, “leap of faith.” I personally don’t believe there is such a thing, or rarely. If someone is taking a leap of faith, I believe it is usually because they don’t know enough yet to understand a leap is not necessary. In the case of glorified bodies, some people have the idea that Christ followers are grabbing ideas about living forever in heaven from our own fantasies, that we are conjuring up our own ideas in a la-la-land brain, ideas created to make us feel better. The answer is no, Christians are not conjuring up our own ideas and our concepts are not silly. Our faith makes sense. Our beliefs are reasonable. Our faith is a natural extension of our intellect. Yes, we need to place our faith in God, but it’s a logical step of faith after God has led us by the hand along a path of findable clues. When you understand historical facts about the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, it takes a step of faith to believe it really happened. When you understand the historical reliability of the Bible it takes a step of faith to believe it is the inerrant, God-breathed Word of God. When you understand geometry, then it takes a step of faith to realize we really are going to live forever as ourselves in a new dimension in heaven.
Most of the people I know in my world are un-churched. My beliefs look to them like giant leaps of faith, so they need people like you and me to be able to explain our faith, to lead people along a train of thought that points to Jesus, God and the Holy Spirit. All of creation and the entire Bible cohesively points to the gospel message of Jesus Christ. So let’s introduce people to our thinking when they ask questions. Let’s have answers and lead them step-by-step to the point where we offer them the opportunity to take a step of faith and trust Christ as their Lord and Savior.
That is why this stuff matters to me. I want people to have confidence in their faith. I want people to be able to explain their faith. Like God did for us, I like to point people to God by walking them to the edge of earthly understanding and asking them to take a step of faith (not a blind leap). The more I understand Christianity, the more it seems like the most natural common-sense decision to step into a life of surrender to a good and perfect God who is real (not a figment of my imagination) and worthy of my complete trust.
This is why my last post matters. Let’s enjoy walking with our Lord this week, step-by-step.
Stay tuned. Next week (Lord willing) I reveal why I go to church!
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