JOURNALING…

 

“I journal, but I do not write a ‘Christian’                    journal;

 

I, as a Christian, write in my journal.

 

As of writing this post (which isn’t my journal), I am in           Vol. 23 and am on p. 4581.”

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Splitting hairs?

Not really.

Everyone, even atheists and agnostics, come from somewhere. When people begin to “say something,” they don’t start at “0.” Everyone has a past, has baggage, if you prefer. Even the “objective” scientist “choses” what he will study and what he will say about it, and how he will say it. In other words, he “picks” some things to say and ignores other things.

In other words, he assumes certain things, or has faith in them in them without air-tight evidence. The “numbers” will be consistent, measurable, and do their job. (An assumption, incidentally that sometimes worries small-particle physicists, but let’s not go there here…)

So I write in my private journals (which I draw from) and in my posts as a Christian, a “Bible-believing one” (which calls for another explanation, but I’ll not go there here either…).

If I was asked to “give a testimony” (pardon all the quotation marks here, it’s a habit) about “why I became a Christian,” I’d probably ask to recast it as “Why I remain a Christian.” This would better put on the shelf, temporarily, the issue of how I might have been brain-washed in my early childhood.

Today I write as a Christian because I can’t help myself–or do otherwise¹. All that I’ve encountered and learned, including my doctoral studies in science education, has led me to trust in the God of the Bible, and to pass on a few things to those who choose to read this blog/website.

Do I have questions? Yes, of course. Serious thinking is dangerous, and anyone who seriously thinks will have questions–Christian, atheist, or agnostic. But not thinking, I’ve always contended, “not thinking” is more dangerous–and sadder.

Modern science is uncovering more and more exciting information, and I’m happily welcoming it. It has made the Bible even more real to me.

And in this new year, in the posts to follow, I hope to share more and more of that.

Along with, of course, along with reporting on what’s going on around us and the curious and delightful things we can’t resist.

Happy New Year!

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¹ This reminds me of the time C. S. Lewis was asked, “Do you write Christian allegories?” (referring to the Narnia Chronicles). “No,” Lewis replied, “I write ‘supposals.’” (Try to find that in your dictionary!) Realize I’m paraphrasing a quote from the past. What Lewis was saying, I’m convinced, was that in creating his fantasy stories, he was seeing where they went, and, of course, he was seeing them as a Christian. Similarly, I write things as I see them as a Christian, trying to keep my ears as open as possible to other voices around me.