Friday, January 14, 2011

Separating Myths from the Truth

As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake.  –Ezekiel 1:28 (KJV) 

Last month when we were in Dayton, Ohio for Christmas, we were driving to New Carlisle, Ohio to visit Andrea’s family.  Our drive took us past Wright Patterson Air Force Base.  As we drove by I jokingly told our son how that all of my life I have heard the rumors that somewhere deep within that air base there are a few aliens being kept preserved in a freezer.  These alleged aliens crash landed to earth sometime back in the 1940’s or 50’s and the government has been hiding them ever since.  UFO enthusiasts love these myths and are quick to perpetuate them.  Personally, I believe this story is fantasy and foolishness. 

Many people in recent years have tried to say that the Prophet Ezekiel of the Old Testament saw some kind of alien spaceship, which was what prompted him to record his vision in Ezekiel chapter one.  Let me set the record straight on this: Ezekiel did not see a spaceship.  Ezekiel saw the power and glory of God.  The vision given to Ezekiel was the pure and wondrous magnificence of God in such brilliant clarity that the prophet did his best to describe for us what he was seeing.  Much like John the Revelator in the book of Revelation, Ezekiel was allowed to see that which human eyes are normally forbidden to behold.  God’s message to the prophet was to rise up and go to people who would not want to hear the truth.  But he was to go to them anyway and proclaim the message God had given.

Today, as followers of Jesus Christ, we too are called to share a message which many people will not want to hear.  Like the people of Ezekiel’s day, they have hardened their hearts to the truth of God’s message.  However, we are called to be faithful and continue sharing the message that Jesus Christ has come into the world and that through Him there is salvation, new life, and life eternal.  Let us never be dissuaded or discouraged from sharing the truth that Jesus Christ is the true way.   

Stand firm, trust Christ, and hold to the truth.  Myths, fantasies, legends, and tall-tales will always be around, but Jesus Christ is the pure and ultimate truth.  Jesus is the solid rock upon which we can stand.  Look to Him and keep sharing the Good News of His love. 

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