My 2nd good faith experience last week was watching a DVD from the creator of the Nooma DVDs Rob Bell. It was called The Gods aren’t angry. It’s 90 minute sermon/monologue about humanity discovering that they instinctively live their lives in tune with the rhythm of nature, the sun, the moon, the seasons, and they soon deify these outside influences. When these influences don’t deliver their promises, the rain doesn’t come, the hoped for pregancy doesn’t arrive, then humanity looks for a way of appeasing their particular God. This often ends up by offering a sacrifice to get your God to do the things that you want him or her to do. This practice has led to some of the world’s worst atrocities.
Rob Bell then talks through the story of Abraham and his son Isaac, in which the meaning of Yahweh saying to Abraham, stop, do not sacrifice your son, has profound implications for those of us who profess to have faith. It means that this God doesn;t operate in the same way as the Gods we’ve created. Bell goes on to talk about the sacrifice Jesus made for us, and teh eway that reshapes our faith and reframes our lives.
Then it typically Bell fashion he relates that to how we should live out our faith with honesty, passion and committment.
I’ll be honest , I watched this on a train home from London, and cried. It took me back to the first time in made a Christian step of faith.
I made me realise why I do what I do…thank you God