Views from the Pews: Finding faith in God’s word

West Cliff Congregational Church

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West Cliff Congregational Church w131417c

During an interview on BBC Radio 2 on the morning of April 1, 1976, the British astronomer Patrick Moore said and“extraordinary astronomical event was about to occur.”

He told listeners that at exactly 9.47am the planet Pluto would pass directly behind Jupiter in relation to the Earth and people would be temporarily weightless. If they jumped in the air at that exact moment, he promised, they would experience a strange floating sensation.

Rev Mark Ladds organising donations at West Cliff Congreational Church

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Rev Mark Ladds organising donations at West Cliff Congreational Church w135003c

At 9.47am, Moore declared: “Jump now!” A minute passed, and then the BBC switchboard lit up with dozens of people calling in to report that the experiment had worked!

Strange really as Moore’s announcement was, of course, an April Fool’s Day joke. It became one of the most celebrated April Fool’s Day hoaxes of the late 20th century.

As Christians who believe that the Bible is God’s Word, we are told by God not to be fooled.

Like all Christians we believe God’s Word, we have faith in Him and all He tells us, and just like we read in God’s Word: “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible”.

Maybe you don’t believe this to be the case, well don’t be foole. In fact, once again, here is what God’s Word says: “The Fool says in his heart, there is no God”.

Maybe you do believe in God, that the world and the universe, everything upon and within it was made by God. Then what is your relationship to Him? What is your eternal outcome when you stand before him?

The Bible tells of a rich man who spent his time just earning money so he could later enjoy it with no thought of his eternal destiny, and we read that God said to him: “You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you”.

Please reader, life, its existence; our eternal destiny is no joke! God tells us: “Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.” God is all wise, and He tells us the way we must go, and who to go to for deliverance.