EXCERPT

“Have you learned anything new so far tonight?” Devin asked as the three of us walked back into the Recluse.

“Sure have!” Katie said.

I was the first to sit back down. I was nervous and anxious about the next hour. “Absolutely,” I said. “And ever since I met you, a certain truth about my life has made itself known.”

“Oh, yeah? What’s that?” Devin asked with raised eyebrows.

“I have no idea what the Bible says.” Devin and Katie silently found their seats. Devin was likely giving me the time I needed to either express myself further or let this truth sink in deeper. Katie was unreadable. Finally, I said, “My family has always treated the Bible as something special. We’ve all accepted the major themes, like creation and that Jesus died for our sins, but I’ve spent more time in the past couple of weeks with an open Bible than I ever have before.” Again, there was silence until Devin broke it.

“Do you know what the world’s biggest religion is?” When I just looked at him, waiting for him to answer his own question, he shattered the suspense. “Confusionism. The world is confused for the very same reason you’re frustrated right now. They have gone their entire lives believing their church leaders. They’re putting their souls in the hands of men. There’s no wonder why people criticize ‘Christians.’” Devin put quotation marks in the air. “The Bible says that God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, yet what do we see in the ‘Christian’ world today?” Again, Katie and I left the question hanging in the air.

“I want to show you something.” Devin turned to Acts 17:11. “Saul and Barnabas, preachers for Christ, had spent some time in Thessalonica, but their lives were threatened. Going to the next city, they began preaching the same message.”

Now these Jews were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so.

“Why did the Holy Spirit call these people noble?” Devin asked.

“They were willing to check the facts before believing the preachers,” Katie said, immediately getting Devin’s point.

“How much more united the religious world would be today if all who claim Christ would do the same!” Devin exclaimed. “I hope you know that I don’t want you to believe a thing I say during these studies, unless you are convinced it is the truth from the Bible.”

“Devin, I appreciate your willingness to share the Bible with us,” I said genuinely. “I know that is exactly what you’re doing, too. You’re sharing the Bible. All the religious groups I’ve been involved with have been either traditional ritualistic, happy-go-lucky, or charismatics based on emotion. I’m ready to get serious and finally see what God’s word has to say.”

“Your openness to God’s word will change your life. Just keep that attitude, and you’ll see for yourself soon enough,” Devin encouraged.

From the chapter entitled "Linguistic Fishermen."

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