I love watching those real-life murder mystery shows, like Dateline and Forty Eight Hours.  But I always find myself getting sucked in, completely convinced at first that they did it, then, completely convinced they’re innocent!  Part of this is due to editing, of course.  But part of it is due to the fact that the evidence is never clear-cut.  It’s always filled with ambiguity and open to interpretation.  And this is with recent events, crimes that occurred within a few years of the show.

Even if you don’t believe it happened, imagine for a moment that Easter is true.  Imagine that Jesus actually did rise from the dead.  Imagine that, after suffering the unimaginable horror of crucifixion, Jesus really was resurrected with a glorified body.  What would that say about suffering? 

In the end, it all comes down to a simple choice: either we say to God “Thy will be done”; or God will say to us: “Thy will be done.”  Either we choose an eternity with God, or we choose to live it without Him—God doesn’t send anyone to Hell. 

The Biblical record of what Jesus said and did—the Four Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—wasn’t written until thirty to sixty years after He lived.  During this period, these stories of Jesus’ life were passed along primarily by word of mouth.  In this form, they are known as the “oral tradition”. 

Who are you to judge?  This has become a mantra of modern American culture.  We detest judgmental people.  Who do they think they are to judge others, anyway? 

I once heard a story about one of those old-fashioned drawbridge operators.  Before computers, before modern signaling devices, train drawbridges had to be operated manually.  This particular man operated the bridge from a little office built high up, alongside of it.  When a train was approaching in the distance, it would blow its horn.  That was his signal to begin the arduous process of lowering the bridge: pull the huge lever back that activated the gigantic, meshing, circular gears which moved the mammoth steel structure.  Slowly, the bridge would lower into position, right in time for the approaching train to pass over it.

About Me

E.J. Sweeney is a true skeptic. He needs to see to believe. Hard Evidence. Compelling Proof. Solid Logic. This is what he believes in. In college, he encountered questions that the superficial faith he was raised on couldn’t handle. So he began a quest for Truth, a quest for the answers to life’s ultimate questions.

EJ Sweeney

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