I mentioned in the post on Easter that I would provide links and information that explained the crucifixion-resurrection confusion. To keep in with my word, I searched the Internet for all the necessary information and links. A strange thing happened. In the course of my search, I found that scholars were divided on the year of crucifixion. Though it is traditionally accepted as 33 AD, some dispute that year. I went on to search for the year of Christ’s birth and there is an even greater range there than the year of crucifixion–anything between 18 BC and 7 AD. Just to add extra fun to the whole unholy mess of dates, the way dates were calculated differed vastly circa Christ’s life. And between the conversion first to the Julian and then the Gregorian calendar, event dates have been pushed ahead or back by several years, so that there is no certainty about anything.
If we do not have the right year of Christ’s birth, how will we be able to calculate the right or even approximate year of Christ’s crucifixion? And if we do not have the right year of Christ’s crucifixion, how will we know the precise dates on which Passover fell in that year? And if we do not have that, how can we prove anything?
What does it leave us with? It leaves us with what the world calls blind faith, something I have been uncomfortable with, especially because of the way the world defines it.
Blind faith would involve choosing to believe a) without knowledge b) without experience c) in the absence of secular proof d) in the face of secular proof to the contrary and e) when everything around you seems to suggest otherwise.
And yet, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that this kind of “blind” believing has been a part of Judeo-Christian tradition.
What do I mean when I say blind faith? Does it mean believing without knowledge? No, it does not. Abraham, Moses and David knew God and of God from the accounts of their ancestors. So then, does it mean believing without questioning, in spite of circumstances and in spite of contrasting external evidence? Yes, that is what I mean in this post.
In Genesis, when Yahowah spoke to Abraham for the first time and asked him to leave his home, his country, a settled, secure life and go to a land that He would show him, Abraham blindly believed. He did not know where he was going (Hebrew 11: 8), but He trusted God to guide him.
When Yahowah asked Moses to lead His people out of Egypt, and take them into Canaan, it seemed close to impossible. The Hebrew people had been reduced to being slaves in Egypt and were not powerful enough to wage a war or create an uprising. Moses himself was wanted for murder and over the years, he had lost all confidence in his military skills. To challenge Pharaoh, Moses had to believe a promise, in spite of some troubling realities (Hebrews 11: 24-29).
It required that kind of blind faith on the part of David–who was told he would be king–to keep believing that promise when his life hung by a thread as Saul sought to kill him. He fought to believe in spite of Saul and in spite of his own discouragement. There are several Psalms that speak of his anguish.
And yet, Yahowah brought Abraham into Canaan, just as He had said. He led Israel out of Egypt, just as He had said. And David became king.
Broken down to its basic building blocks, what is to the world blind faith, is for us just total faith in God and His Word. It chooses to believe God over external evidence, circumstances or the words of the wisest men on earth. Because we know that Yahowah never lies, He fulfills His promises and His plans for us are good.
This kind of total faith is the starting point of Christian inquiry. It’s like Yahowah’s screening process. If you believe without seeing–just because it is God’s Word–then you’re in, and the things you seek to understand will be explained to you, factually and logically. (Hebrews 11: 6)
However, before everything else, here is a question you should answer. Do you believe with your eyes or do you believe with your heart? If all the proof and all the evidence in the world stands on one side, and Yahowah stands alone on the other, which side would you choose?
The answer to that question will determine the course of everything for your life.
As for the details of the crucifixion of Christ, the truth is out there, but currently, we are looking through cut glass that creates distortion. The glass will be removed some day, and we will see clearly.
Keep the faith and Shalome.
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