In the city of Bethlehem there is a church called Church of the Nativity. This church is built on what is believed to be the site of Jesus’ birth. In the basement of this church there is a cave, which is believed to be the stable where Jesus was born. This cave is completely covered with gold and marble; many Christians of various traditions believe it to be a holy place and they come from all over the world to bow down and kiss the marble and gold which cover the cave where Jesus is believed to have been born.
As evangelicals, we do not believe that any one place is holier than any other. We believe that the presence of God is not tied to any one specific piece of real estate, but rather that God is everywhere and that His presence is immediately accessible to any of us regardless of where we are or what we are doing. But haven’t we lost something if we cannot relate to those Christians who bow down and kiss the spot where Jesus is supposed to have been born?
Christianity is a VERY, VERY freaky religion. You think David Koresh and the Branch Davidians were freaky? You think that cult out in Eatonton with all the pyramids and other such things that was in the news a couple of years back is freaky? You think that UFO cult out in California a few years back who believed that there was a spaceship following the comet Hale-Bopp with super-intelligent beings aboard and that they would be taken aboard and taken away if they drank the Kool-Aid was freaky? Well, they don’t have anything on us.
We believe that there is a God who is completely and totally other than us, who is present everywhere in this world and in this universe, and yet at the same time exists independently of and apart from this universe. If the entire universe and every living thing in it were to suddenly vanish, He would just keep on keeping on, as if nothing had ever happened.
We believe that this God created everything in the heavens, on the earth, and under the earth, everything that we see around us, everything we don’t see, and everything else. Furthermore, He also created each and every one of us. There is nothing in this entire universe that would exist if He did not want it to.
Now doesn’t that blow your mind? Doesn’t that just completely and totally freak you out?
But if all that isn’t enough, we also believe that this God who is completely and totally other than us, came into this world that He created and became one of us. He became a person who walked and talked and ate and lived and moved and breathed and slept, just like us.
Eat your heart out, Rod Sterling!!!!!