By Edward, Lord Herbert of Cherbury
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WAS JESUS TRUSTWORTHY? SHALL WE CALL PEOPLE NAMES? HAS ANYONE SEEN GOD? HOW MANY GODS ARE THERE? ARE WE ALL SINNERS? HOW OLD WAS JEHOIACHIM WHEN HE BECAME KING? HOW OLD WAS AHAZIAH WHEN HE BEGAN TO REIGN? SHOULD WE SWEAR AN OATH? WHEN WAS JESUS CRUCIFIED? SHALL WE OBEY THE LAW? HOW MANY ANIMALS ON THE ARK? WERE WOMEN AND MEN CREATED EQUAL? WERE TREES CREATED BEFORE HUMANS? DID MICHAL HAVE CHILDREN? HOW MANY STALLS DID SOLOMON HAVE? DID PAUL’S MEN HEAR A VOICE? IS GOD OMNIPOTENT? DOES GOD LIVE IN LIGHT?
It was an incredible feeling, an ecstasy beyond description. We felt embraced by the presence of a higher strength, participating in a group worship (hysteria), floating on the omnipresent surges of the organ music, joining in song with heavenly voices. In one service Kathryn replied to the criticism that some of her healings were purely psychosomatic by saying, “But what if they are merely psychosomatic? Is that not also a miracle? ” God works in mysterious ways. As I look back on it now, I can see that most of the “miracles” were pretty boring.
I asked, anticipating some kind of trick. “Yes. ” His whole manner changed, and he started talking like a humbled man, friend to friend, hurting. I was surprised to see him like this. ” He had read some articles about ESP and other psychic phenomena, and was deciding that a strictly materialistic view of life was unrealistic and unsatisfying. “Dan, you seem so confident and happy. ” So, I told him that I believed in God, that God was revealed in the bible, that we were all sinners, that God sent his son, Jesus, to die for our sins, that Jesus rose from the grave to conquer death, that we could confess our sins and accept Jesus as our personal savior and be born again, becoming “new creatures” without guilt and with a joy and purpose in life to know God, praise God and do his will.
De Veritate by Edward, Lord Herbert of Cherbury