As long as you believe it?
I imagine we've all met infectiously positive people in our time - people who see positives wherever they look and regularly overcome things that seem impossible. Full of admiration, I often wonder what makes such people tick and whether the cause of their positive attitude is real or just imagined. Some might say it doesn't really matter as long as their quality of life is improved and on one level this has to be true. So, can we argue that it doesn't matter what a person believes as long as they believe it?
I recently read the remarkable story of Dr. Wendy Schlessel Harpham, a Dallas-based author of several books for people facing cancer. Twenty-seven years ago, she learned she had non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer of the immune system. During the next 15 years of treatments for eight relapses of her cancer, she set the stage for happiness and hope by such measures as surrounding herself with people who lifted her spirits, keeping a daily gratitude journal, doing something good for someone else and watching funny, uplifting movies. Her cancer has been in remission now for 12 years. Wendy's is a remarkable story of positive thinking but also of belief in medical cures - feelings and facts coming together to bring healing. She needed both!
Back to that question: does it really matter what a person believes as long as they believe it? Well the answer has to be 'no' if a positive outlook is the ultimate goal of this life. But what if the question is different? The events of Easter address a very different question: how can we know God? The very beginning of the Bible reveals the problem as Adam and Eve turned away from God, a trait, the Christian faith says, that lives in all of us. But Easter reveals God's solution. As God entered this world in His Son Jesus, the barrier (sin) between every human being and God is finally removed as Jesus surrenders himself to a torturous death by crucifixion. His death and resurrection open the way for every person to know God's forgiveness and love, if we trust in Jesus. So, if there is a God who made this world and you and me, do we want to know Him? We need the right answers to the right questions.
Why not join us for our Easter Day Services on Sunday 1st April.
Alan Comfort, Rector