Stranger Than Fiction
In the last post I alluded to my wife's first noticeable change in her life when she reclaimed the sovereighty of her life. She said she no longer felt guilty about reading fiction. This may seem silly to some readers, but we had been raised in Seventh-day Adventism, and we believed that Ellen G. White was God's chosen messenger living in our time. Ellen wrote the following in The Youth Instructor, October 9, 1902, "The readers of fiction are indulging an evil that destroys spirituality, eclipsing the beauty of the sacred page. It creates an unhealthy excitement, fevers the imagination, unfits the mind for usefulness, weans the soul from prayer, and disqualifies it for any spiritual exercise."
Some of you may agree or disagree with that point of view. But during the years we professed that faith, we tried to avoid reading our children fiction. We inundated them with Bible stories and Bible tapes and records. We searched for Biographies of solid Christian heroes. Today, they want nothing to do with it. And if they read, fiction is frequently the reading choice.
When people move from one religion to another it is generally an attempt to upgrade their present faith. Several weeks ago, I had a conversation with a woman who converted from Buddhism to Seventh-day Adventism. For her, this was a tremendous upgrade. She was able to shed many of the tedious superstitions with regard to offending her deceased relatives. Her life was much more peaceful.
This weekend, I've been conversing with a person who changed from the Baptist faith to Seventh-day Adventism. To them, this was a wonderful upgrade because it allowed them to believe that their deceased mother was not living in heaven looking down and watching them live their life. Adventists believe, by using only the texts of the Bible they emphasize, that the dead are merely sleeping, waiting for Jesus to return.
Is this why we choose to believe a particular faith? Until we find something that agrees with us? There are a multitude of differing views to choose from, all using their favorite verses of the Bible as their rule of faith.
I believe the Bible is not God's Word. I will go into detail on that subject in Surrender of Sovereignty. By the way, books will be in print in approximately 3 to 4 weeks. I will keep you posted.