*Pastor’s Note: Here’s another one of those short articles I wrote in the late 90s for the Church section of the local newspaper where we lived in Globe, Arizona. I thought it might be of interest to my readers to see what I have taught in the past!. It’s pretty much as it was published in the Church editorial of the newspaper. The pictures were added for this posting.
Columbus kept two reckonings on his initial voyage of discovery. One showed the ship’s true progress, and this he kept secret. Another false record he left open to the crew. In the second, he showed the ship making greater headway than was actually true. Why? In order to make the crossing before supplies were depleted, they needed to cover about seven hundred leagues each day. By claiming they had sailed each day beyond the seven hundred leagues, Columbus hoped to spread enthusiasm and defeat discouragement.
Some religions jealously guard their beliefs, granting access only to a chosen few. Some divulge their doctrines like medicine, a little at a time, as the converts can accept them. They teaspoon out their doctrines, building immunity to shock until their converts will believe anything, no matter how foolish or wrong. Christianity boasts of its availability to all! Jesus revealed God’s secrets to everyone. God keeps nothing from us concerning His expectations, demands, promises, and warnings. His Word is open for inspection and investigation; it is a floodlight shining into the world so that anyone who wants to can see.
The Word of God is free to all who would only open its pages and read. In them you will find, not something to give you false enthusiasm, but as the Apostle John wrote in 1 John 5:13, “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.” God Bless!