I have been studying my Bible for years! So it's no surprise that when I sat down to run a list of blog topics I wanted to talk about, Bible studies were at the top. Don't get me wrong, I'm not preachy or what one would consider a "Jesus Freak", but I do believe in one Almighty Creator and believe that his son was my redemptive sacrifice to get to heaven. The REAL reason for this belief.... SCIENCE!Resource Sponsor ---> Discover 40 Bible Study Methods
Now, to talk to me you'd never take me for a science lover of any kind. Those who knew me growing up would laugh in disbelief if you tried to convince them that I would ever LOVE Quantum Physics. I actually just had a little chuckle! But the more I learn about science the stronger my faith grows. Just going to church has never done it for me spiritually. I mean, I would learn scriptures to memorize, but that's as far as it would go. For a very long time I thought there was something wrong with me. How is it that so many christian friends have amazing stories of being overtaken by the Holy Ghost while I sit here wondering why I don't even possess a mustard seed of faith? It wasn't until someone explained the science of energy to me (specifically in the form of sound waves) that those memorized Bible scriptures popped into my head. And it all clicked! Years have gone by, struggles have occurred, misery over not "feeling the spirit" all culminated in this one amazing spark of, "evidence of God in my life!"
So, I finally understood two things. In Exodus 3 when God hears the cries of his people... YOU GUYS... He really hears our cries. The energy from sound waves travel FOR EVER! And while space is without air molecules for sound vibrations, it does not mean that the powerful energy is not traveling... amazingly enough space is also a vacuum... interesting. So do you want to know how powerful sound waves really are? Set a cylinder tube (cardboard tubes from paper towels works well) on top of two cans (one under each end of the tube) for height. Set up a candle next to one opening of the tube making sure that the flame is the same height as the opening. From the other end of the tube attempt to blow the flame out through the tube. You will not be able to. But tap on that same end of the tube and the sound waves will travel through the tube and blow the candle out. That from just a tap! Convinced there is a God? Convinced that he absolutely can hear you? The second thing I understood was that God does not always set off fireworks the minute you accept Christ as the Lord of your life. Sometimes you really do feel absolutely nothing (as was my case). Listening to others amazing stories of experiencing God in their life and being taken over by the Holy Spirit always made me want to TRY and be more spiritual. Based on others testimonies, I often wondered if I was really saved at all. What did they have that I didn't? What did they know that I didn't? So I studied my Bible in hopes of learning the mystic secret that would show God in my life. Well, today I'm glad that I did. Romans 10:17 - So faith comes from hearing , and hearing through the word of Christ. So reading my Bible laid the groundwork for God to show himself to me through science many years after I had actually been baptized. Now I experience Him all the time!
I believe today that I did not have faith when I was saved; I had hope. I came to a place in my life where I was consciously incompetent that there was something missing. No, not missing... under-developed and with salvation had the hope that the one who created my spirit would turn it around. At the very least get me in touch with it. So for any of you who are struggling spiritually, I say hang in there! Stay in your Bible. It doesn't matter how you feel or what you perceive in those around you. This is your journey. Besides, even without spiritual development, the Bible is a GREAT read. Great stories from romance to mysteries to suspense and there are soooo many translations out, that finding one that will bring those stories to life for you has never been easier.