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Living Faith: Was there really a supper at Emmaus?

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March 20th, 2012

I recently attended the exhibit Rembrandt and the Faces of Jesus and was struck by the great lengths that Rembrandt took to assure historical accuracy in his depictions of biblical scenes. Not everyone is so concerned about facts when it comes to religion, however. Many draw a distinction between reason and faith, elevating reason to the higher realm of objective truth, and relegating faith to the whatever works for you realm of personal experience. Is faith really a blind leap in the dark? Several world religions trace their roots to historical persons and events. Consider Abraham, Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha, and Confucius, who are not mythological characters, but real flesh-and-blood individuals. Their teachings and the events of their lives were recorded by various writers, some of whom knew them personally and witnessed the same events. Archaeologists have excavated over 25,000 sites that corroborate many of the persons, places, and events of the Old Testament. Examples include Solomon s astounding number of chariots and the Moabite Stone inscribed with a reference to Israel s defeat by the king of Moab, now on display at the Louvre in Paris. There can be no doubt that archaeology has confirmed the substantial historicity of Old Testament tradition, wrote Dr. William F. Albright of Johns Hopkins University. Passover and Easter, which commemorate historical events, remind us that faith, as Professor Paul Little writes, goes beyond reason, but not against it. No amount of physical evidence can prove the existence of God or the accuracy of every sentence in a sacred scripture, but with substantial grounding in history and archaeology, faith is a leap into the light, not the darkness. As a market researcher, my job is to provide evidence for selecting the most effective marketing strategies and tactics. I approach matters of faith in the same way. I could not orient my life around a belief system without adequate evidence that it is credible. What are your reasons for believing? Please mail your letters to me at 703 Maiden Choice Lane, Catonsville, MD 21228, or email to bill@ericksontribune.com.

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