What Peter Learned From the Transfiguration

You have to admit that the pandemic we find ourselves in has given us an abundance of spare time. As we spend much of that time indoors we have an excellent opportunity of becoming better acquainted with God’s word. I encourage you to pick up the Good Book and find your favorite story and read it several times through, using a different translation version of it each time and reading all of the parallel versions of that same story if there are any. As an example, the telling of a story by one gospel writer will be slightly different from another gospel writer of the same event because varying details may be added by the other writer’s version.

Once having refreshed your mind of the story, think about it and what it means to you, ponder what the message is that the writer of the story wants you to know and how you can apply any of its lessons to your own life. One of the gifts that God gives mankind, having been formed in his image, is a powerful imagination; so when we read these bible stories our minds can create how we imagine the story to have gone as if we were there witnessing it. In a sense, we are witnesses, we are actually second hand witnesses of those events because almost all of what is recorded for us is recorded by first hand eyewitnesses. The recorded events that weren’t from first hand eyewitnesses, like Moses writing about the creation, were written by faithful believers who were guided by Holy Spirit, who by the way was a first hand eyewitness himself of all that is in the bible. He guided all of the writers of the bible. So the stories we read are all recorded by reliable witnesses.

 — Jim

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