I GOT ACCEPTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA!!! I have still yet to hear from Lethbridge but I got my package for UVic a few days ago. Now is the hard part, making a decision. But YAY ME… I am still fired up about the acceptance, I am very excited… yet sad at the same time so I will get into the whole pros-cons when it comes down to the actuality decision. For now, I am thrilled.
Have you read anything by Rob Bell? If you haven’t, do. If you have, do it again. I was Google-ing today and I stumbled across some musings on Bell’s book “Velvet Elvis” and I want to share part of what I read. I believe this is an excerpt from the book, but I am sorry if Rob Bell ever reads my blog and states that my facts are, indeed, fallacies. I think it’s interesting. It made me restless enough not to suntan all day!
“Paul affirms the truth wherever he finds it.
But he takes it further in the book of Acts. He is speaking at a place called Mars Hill (which would be a great name for a church) and trying to explain to a group of people who believe in hundreds of thousands of gods that there is really only one God who made everything and everybody. At one point he’s talking about how God made us all, and he says to them, “As some of your own poets have said, `We are his offspring.'” He quotes their own poets. And their poets don’t even believe in the God he’s talking about. They were talking about some other god and how we are all the offspring of that god, and Paul takes their statement and makes it about his God. Amazing.
Paul doesn’t just affirm the truth here; he claims it for himself. He doesn’t care who said it or who they were even saying it about. What they said was true, and so he claims it as his own.
This affirming and claiming of truth wherever you find it is all through the writings of Paul. In 1 Corinthians, he tells his readers, “All things are yours,… and you are of Christ, and Christ is of God.” He essentially says to them, “It all belongs to God, and Christ is of God, and you are of Christ, so…it’s all yours.”
If it is true, if it is beautiful, if it is honorable, if it is right, then claim it. Because it is from God. And you belong to God.
The philosopher Arthur Holmes is known for saying, “All truth is God’s truth.” It is such a great statement, because what other kind of truth could there be?
So as a Christian, I am free to claim the good, the true, the holy, wherever and whenever I find it. I live with the understanding that truth is bigger than any religion and the world is God’s and everything in it…
I don’t follow Jesus because I think Christianity is the best religion. I follow Jesus because he leads me into ultimate reality. He teaches me to live in tune with how reality is. When Jesus said, “No one comes to the Father except through me,” he was saying that his way, his words, his life is our connection to how things truly are at the deepest levels of existence. For Jesus then, the point of religion is to help us connect with ultimate reality, God. I love the way Paul puts it in the book of Colossians: These religious acts and rituals are shadows of the reality. “The reality…is found in Christ.” “
I’d like to meet Him. And no, I don’t just mean Rob Bell.