Re-examining Our Assumptions About God

by | Apr 22, 2022 | Making God Relevant Again | 0 comments


Have you ever tiptoed into someone’s room when they are asleep? There is something unsettling and a bit frightening. The room is filled with shadow, and the sleeping person is a different version of themselves.

It is as though we have sidestepped into another world. For a moment, it is nearly as though we have been shifted into another time.

How frightening.

Just the deep, measured breathing of someone, and in the darkness that person is not the person you know. Somehow that person has become disengaged from all the tiny markers and emblems of modern humanity, of personality, of learned behaviors, plans, responsibilities.

At such moments, something compels me to ask, who are we, and what are we becoming?

Meanwhile, you might be wondering who I am and what my blog will explore.

The opening of this blog hints at part of what I do: beginning to write about the world that we usually only barely notice. Ultimately, the blog presents new ideas about who we are as the human species and what we are becoming.

Ultimately, the blog explores who we are in relation to this entity that has pursued us since our beginnings here upon this planet, our Earth.

Of course, it is God. Today, however, there is so much baggage attached to that three-letter word. I prefer to refer to God as the Presence.

I was raised in Appalachia in the midst of the Bible Belt, surrounded by parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and community for whom God was absolutely real.

Here is something some might find a little strange about me:

Since I was a toddler, I have been aware of this entity, this Presence. I refer to the One who created the Universe and everything in it as the Presence because of the warmth, the nearness, the comforting reality of something real that is right there in the room with me or wherever I might be.

If there is one thing I have learned in my life, it is this: it’s all true. The reality of God as presented in the Bible is absolutely true.

As I grew old enough to listen to my teachers and to the preacher at our church in Harlan, Ky, I learned that this must surely be the One the Bible refers to as God.

I was quite interested in the biblical teaching that each of us can have a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. I am a Christian and I grew up yearning to develop this relationship with God through Christ.

My mother and my teachers in our church emphasized that God had a plan for my life, and I struggled to understand it through childhood, adolescence, and far into my adulthood. Today, I know that God has called me to write and to deliver the message you will discover in my blog, my books, and in other materials I will create for those who are interested.

Along the way, I’ve had careers in teaching and in broadcast journalism. I even earned the Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Tennessee College of Law. Beginning law school at the age of forty, a father with a wife and three young children, was one of the scariest challenges God confronted me with as He continued to prepare me.

Yes, I know you might suspect I’m possibly deluded, and no wonder. After all, my journey with God has lasted many decades. I am seventy-one as I write this.

Presently, I am a performer at Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge, TN. And yes, I am convinced that even this is part of God’s preparation for me. For twelve years now, I have performed for thousands who visit this world-class museum located near Dollywood in the Great Smokey Mountains, not far from Gatlinburg.

I expect that some of the blogs will deal with the Titanic. Regardless of what I write about, there will always be an emphasis on re-examining our assumptions about God as well as who we are in relation to God.

This will not, however, be your typical religious site. I hope that as you follow me, you will realize that–though the Bible is the foundation–the ideas here point the way toward the future of who we are and what we are becoming as we begin to understand the implications of what the Bible teaches in a way that resonates powerfully for our own era.

It is time we shatter the glass bubble we currently find ourselves in. Our own skeptical modern era has tried to shove God into a convenient corner. I hope to reanimate the sense of adventure and excitement once associated with the pursuit of God.

In the words of William Shatner in the original Star Trek series . . . to go where no man (or woman, I might add) has gone before.

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