Hosting insights I received while teaching a Bible study in the 90’s was my goal for this blog. A goal I have not accomplished beyond posting several series I wrote for that class. Instead, teenalmyers.com became a dumping ground for material used on other blogs, Nola.com’s Faith blog and the Southern Christian Writers Guild website. Everything I wrote and filmed eventually found a second home on this site. I plan to return to my original purpose with an ambitious project that will keep me busy for a long time, if I don’t get sidetracked again, called “Follow Me”
When Jesus walked along the shore of Galilee, he saw Peter and Andrew casting their nets into the sea and said, “Follow me”. Peter and Andrew saw a man. They heard his voice speaking a language they understood. Casting aside their nets to follow Jesus from town to town as he preached the gospel was easy. If they had questions, they asked. Jesus answered.
Following Jesus today is not as easy. We cannot see him. We cannot touch him. The answers to questions require wading through rivers of books and sermons which often conflict. Who is right? Who is wrong? At times, I have felt like the woman at the well who said, “I know that Messiah (called Christ) is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”
In my Christian experience, decades have been consumed stumbling in religious doctrines that left me empty. I found formulas to manipulate God into giving me whatever I wanted that did not work. I found good advice on a variety of subjects that any good godless counselor could have imparted. I found cheerleaders encouraging me to action without imparting reason and understanding. I found some good things but those things never quenched my thirst to know God.
Eventually, I concluded that the best way to follow Jesus is to shut out the multitude of voices in this world interpreting what God has said and work out my own salvation by listening to God. The only way to do that is to open to the first page of a Chronological Bible and follow God and Jesus, who was in the beginning with God, through the book that records their story.
Beginning with my next post, I will follow God through the Bible paying attention to what he said and what he did. Technical explanations about words, shades of meaning and scripture references will be placed at the end for curious readers who wish to explore my conclusions. Unless otherwise noted all scriptures quotes are from the New International Version of the Bible.