4 Minute Devotions: Just Stories

Some people say that the Gospels are just mere stories. Peter, however, declared that they were eye witness accounts of what truly took place in Christ’s lifetime. Our challenge today is this: do we accept Peter’s testimony?


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I love making up stories, especially for the children of our church on Sunday mornings. I guess I started telling stories for my brothers late at night when we were kids. Three of us shared the same bedroom and each of us had to deal with my mother’s insanity in different ways. At night time, sleep never came easy for any of us, so I would tell stories to my younger brothers and eventually they would sleep peacefully. I can’t really remember what any of those stories were about – it all took place about forty years ago – but those storytelling skills have stayed with me, which is why I enjoy giving the kids sermon during worship.


Some people believe that the Gospels are just made up, and have become stories that people must accept or they will experience the Church’s wrath. Eckhart Tolle in his book, “A New Earth” makes such a complaint. He writes about the Bible being a collection of stories with morals within them that are imposed upon the readers or hearers. What he is trying to do is to undermine the value of the Bible and diminish the faith of Christians.


2 Peter 1:16    We did not follow cleverly invented stories when we told you about the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but we were eyewitnesses of his majesty.


Peter, in his second letter, faced similar opposition, which is why he reminds his readers that the events he relates about Jesus were not just stories, but eye witness accounts of what actually happened. Peter insists that he was there when Christ was transfigured. It is not a magical story, which is meant to charm the listener; it is an actual reporting of what truly happened.


Tolle may wish that the Gospels were mere stories so that he can pursue his own misguided philosophy. Peter, however, was willing to die for what he knew to be true, so for me, his testimony has more authenticity than anything Tolle can make up.


The question for all of us today is this: are the Gospels mere morality tales to help us through life, or are they God’s truth to lead us to eternal life?


Prayer:                        Lord Jesus, Your life is so different from all others and Your messages are meant to challenge our lives and change our ways. Some voices in the world would have us believe that Your teaching, Your existence, and Your purposes are just mere myths. Help us to hold fast to Your ways and keep us from falling into the temptations of unbelief. In Your Holy Name, we pray. Amen.

About Stushie

I'm originally from Scotland and have been a Presbyterian pastor for over thirty years. I live in Knoxville, TN. I enjoy art as a means of therapy, but also as a creative way to strengthen my spiritual connection to God.
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2 Responses to 4 Minute Devotions: Just Stories

  1. memama says:

    I could not access you “stushies.wordpress today without dozens of trys.Also their is NO easy way to find your page by page discussion of Eckhart Tolle. When you “hit” on the words “Eckhart Tolle” off your site it goes dirrectly into HIS sites. I have been refering people to your site and told them to “scroll down till you see the title: The New Earth”. Now there is NOTHING on your postings to show there is ANY condensed discussion of this topic. Is there a ‘problem”? I did not make a copy, and now I do not see it here anymore? Could you tell me where to go to read it again. Also how would you answer a “Tolley” that “insists” that if we are praying in “Silence” we are praying to ourselves or “the god who is in us”? They say “what does silent prayer mean?” you have to have “God” in you to pray in silence. Any ideas? Thanks!(p.s. I gave a LONG series of explanations on what a true Christian is, The Holy spirit in relation to someone who has been ‘deliverd” from their sins. What and who we are praying too. Used my MacArther Study Bible, my “Correcting the cults book, by Norman Geisler, the best I could do so far. I need a freash mind. Thanks for being here, it helps to have somone who is interested in this topic

  2. stushie says:

    Hi memama…you’ve added one “s” too much in the web address

    it’s http://www.stushie.wordpress.com

    Put “A New Earth” in the search box and you will find the articles.

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