WELCOME

Do you know that Jesus said,

I am alpha and omega, the beginning and the ending, [1]
and
Heaven and earth shall pass away,
but my words shall not pass away? 
[2]

Among the many shocking statements which the Jewish carpenter from Nazareth made, these two have always stood out in my mind. The first says that everything in Universe begins and ends with Him. Note that it starts with the great I AM, the name with which God identified himself to Moses. The second says that Universe will pass away, but His words will not pass away; they are immortal. Note that the Bible is often identified as the Word of God or God’s Word.

About such statements, the renowned Oxford and later Cambridge University don, medievalist, novelist, and Christian apologist C.S. Lewis wrote the following:

I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people say about Him: “I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, but I don’t accept His claim to be God.” That is the one thing we must not say. A man who was merely a man and said the sort of things Jesus said would not be a great moral teacher. He would either be a lunatic – on the level with the man who says he is a poached egg – or else he would be the Devil of Hell. You must make your choice. Either this man was, and is, the Son of God: or else a madman or something worse. You can shut Him up for a fool, you can spit at Him and kill Him as a demon; or you can fall at His feet and call Him Lord and God. But let us not come with any patronizing nonsense about His being a great human teacher. He has not left that open to us. He did not intend to.[3]

When I first read the above paragraph, I was a forty-two year old and an atheist. I had read only a few portions of the Bible in my youth. Lewis’s challenge got my attention. I began reading the Bible regularly – and studiously – paying careful attention to what it says about Jesus and particularly to what Jesus said about Himself. Within three months, I fell at His feet and called Him Lord and God.

…Veiled in flesh the Godhead see, hail the incarnate Deity
Pleased as man with man to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel….[4]

…Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.[5]

In a moment, I turned away from a life without God and started serving him.

Do you know God? How well do you know the Bible? Are you interested in learning more about both?

Please take a few minutes to browse through the site. There are hundreds of documents and postings on it that deal with the above questions and others like them. You might be surprised by what you find. Be assured, however, that, whether you like or dislike what you find, you will not be bored.

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John Holbrook Jr.

P.S. Don’t miss my first blog, “Do you know the God of the Bible?

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[1] This statement or a slight variation on it appears four times in the Bible: Revelation 1:8, 1:11, 21:6, and 22:13. It is the source of and reason for this site’s logo.

[2] This statement appears three times in the Bible: Mathew 24:35, Mark 13:31, and Luke 21:33.

[3] Lewis, C.S., Mere Christianity (1943), MacMillan Publishing Company, New York, 1960, pp. 40-41.

[4] Wesley, Charles, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing. “Emmanuel” in Hebrew means “God with us” in English.

[5] 1 Timothy 1:15.

6 thoughts on “WELCOME”

  1. I’m extremely impressed together with your writing talents and also with the layout to your blog. Is that this a paid subject or did you customize it your self? Either way stay up the nice quality writing, it is uncommon to peer a nice weblog like this one today..
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    1. Rasheem O.: Thank you for visiting my website and for your kind words. With the help of some website savvy friends and working within the constraints of one of Bluehost’s themes and WordPress’s software, I created what you see. It is not a professional job, but it is a start. John H.

  2. As a fully convinced athiest I find it remarkable that this author has been persuaded to reverse his views about a deity by reading a book. The book (or books) are memories, anecdotes penned as long as a hundred or two years after the deaths of all those originally concerned. While I can readily understand that his original disbelieve could be abandoned in a pschycological thunderstorm, much more should be needed to confirm that this deity is not just wishful thinking – which it is! On the other hand I do not see the life and behaviour of the man we call ‘Jesus’ as being that of a mad man. Hugely ‘disturbed’, mentally ‘unbalanced’ I agree, but the ‘disturbance’ he experienced was perhaps that of a man who could, in his own mind, see so clearly the fallibities of human experience and how much better it would be if his alternative ‘lifestyle’ were adopted. The pressure of such belief, in someone impelled to effect it, could well cause him to truly believe in his own place as the prophet of the will of God. After all, his entire society was packed to the roof with religious belief by one sect or another, so the reality of ‘God’ was virtually unquestioned. An anology is the life of Ghandi – look what he did. Was he ‘mad’?

    1. John K.: Thank you for visiting my website and finding in its content something worth commenting on. As a former, “fully convinced atheist,” I understand your point of view. In reading what you wrote, however, I suspect that, like me 36 years ago, you have not actually read the Bible, because your portrait of Jesus cannot be justified by what the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John say about him. I urge you to read them, if only to improve your understanding of why I and millions of other people during the last 2,000 years have found them so compelling. Also, you might be interested in Lee Strobel’s book, “The Case for Christ.” He is a journalist who was a confirmed atheist and set out to prove that Jesus of Nazareth was not who Christians claim that He is. Strobel’s exhaustive investigation led him to a conclusion that surprised him. You might also see the new movie, “The Case for Christ,” which is a portrayal of Strobel’s intellectual journey. I have not seen it yet, but I will. I gather from a close friend that it is very well done. John H.

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