I was so naive when I went off to Bible College. I remember being shocked at learning in a freshman 101 course on one of the Pauline epistles that there were Christians (theologians at that) who didn’t believe that Paul actually wrote the epistle.
My bible said he did, it was written right at the the beginning. I thought all Christians believed that. Boy did I have a lot to learn.
In recent years we’ve heard a lot about having a worldview, which could be compared to special glasses that we view all of life through.
One such worldview is called a “Christian Worldview.”
But it would be better to describe it as Christian Worldview(s), for, as you may have picked up, all Christians do not view the world the same.
Take the supernatural, for example.
Christians are all over the place when it comes to the supernatural.
Some, for all practical purposes are Deist. They believe in God and believe he gave us a playbook called the Bible and then, for the most part, has left us pretty much on our own. They are quick to tell us what God won’t do anymore.
Then others wear strange supernatural worldview glasses that causes them to see themselves as Christian “wizards” who are commanding God to do this and do that. They are quick to tell us what God has to do, if we get the incantation right and believeeee!
These are just a couple. There are a lot of variation between these two.
One thing is for sure. The Bible presents a supernatural world view for the people and times it was written. And if you believe that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrew 13:8), then the possibility that there is an unseen realm around us that is influencing our lives is certainly a possiblity.
Enter Dr. Michael S. Heiser.
Dr. Heiser, who received an MA in Ancient History from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA and PhD in the Hebrew Bible and Semitic Languages from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, offers some fascinating insights into what the Bible has to say about the supernatural realm and why it matters to you and me today.
I found his writing insightful, scholarly, but very readable (and enjoyable).
The book I am recommending this week is one that I just recently finished. It is entitled, “Supernatural: What the Bible teaches about the unseen world – and why it matters.”
In this book Heiser lays out a case for having a Christian Supernatural Worldview that makes sense. I found it a good investment of my time and I recommend it for you as well.
You may also like his book, “The Unseen Realm” which lays the groundwork for his book “Supernatural.”