Have you ever wondered… how you came to be, what the purpose of life is, how one can know what is right and wrong, and what happens after you die? These are some of life’s most important questions. Many people throughout history have tried to answer them. How about you – what do you believe? And how do you know that what you believe is true? What is your source for truth? Don’t settle for, “It is said”. Check out who said it. Think about it… where we find our answers is of great importance if we are going to build our lives on and stake our eternal destiny on what we believe. The Storyteller features the testimonies of those who have found coherent and relevant answers to these questions in the Bible.
What is the Bible? It is the words of God written down for all people. A Mohawk father told his young son, “When you open God’s book, you are opening God’s mouth.” That is a great picture to help us understand the nature and significance of the Bible. God has given us His written words so that we might learn about who He is, who we are, and how we are to walk with Him. King David from the tribe of Judah in the land of Israel told God, “Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Perhaps you’re wondering if the Bible is something you can trust. Yes, it is. The Bible is historically and scientifically accurate. Though many have tried to disprove it, no one has been able to. In fact, as time goes on more discoveries are made that affirm the truth of the Bible. Check it out for yourself and explore the evidence. (Click here for more information). Because the Bible is true we can trust what it says. Because it is God’s word to us, we need to listen to what He says.
Who is God? The Bible reveals that there is one All-powerful, triune, Creator God – not many gods… but one God manifest in three persons – the Father, Son (Jesus), and Holy Spirit. God Created all things. He is holy, perfect, just, gracious, merciful, and loving. His ways are not like ours and it’s not possible for us to understand everything about Him… but there are things that He has told us, and things that we can observe that help us understand who He is and what He is like. The Bible tells us that He created us for His pleasure and that we might enjoy personal relationship with Him forever.
Making sense of how things are now… is not an easy thing to do without a point of reference. Thankfully, God gives us one in the first book of the Bible called Genesis. In it we read that God created the heavens and the earth, and all that is in them. He tells us the story of how people were created, and how everything was good in the beginning. We also learn how our first relatives willfully dishonored Him. This is how sin, shame, fear, and death came into the world. Sin is anything that offends our Creator. Read about it for yourself here in the first book of the Bible: Genesis chapters 1-3
God created everything, including the spirit world. The Bible tells us that one of the most powerful of the created spirits – Lucifer (aka Satan) – rebelled against his Creator, and many other spirits followed him. It was Satan who came to Adam and Eve in the form of a serpent. He lied to them and tempted them to be unfaithful to God. They gave in – and as a result – their relationship with their Creator was broken. Sin comes naturally for us now. Satan and the other rebellious spirits (demons) hate God and want to keep people from being reconciled to God and experiencing peace with Him. They do this through deception, fear, bondage, and confusion. They pose as relatives who have passed. They are active in healings, ceremonies, and curses. They empower natural things so that they act super-naturally. These spirits are powerful and convincing… but they are liars bent on destroying God’s most precious creation, people. However, it’s important to know that these spirits are not greater than the One who made them… not even close. Still, many have been fooled into fearing and following them rather than worshiping their All-powerful Creator… the Most High God.
Who is Jesus Christ? According to the Bible, Jesus is our Creator. Even though He has such power and authority, He chose to humble himself and become a man because of His love and concern for those He created. Historians agree that Jesus was a real person. 2000 years ago Jesus was born into a tribe of an oppressed nation in the middle east. That’s where He lived, died, was buried, and rose again. He came to save people from every tribe and nation from sin’s penalty and deliver us from the powers of darkness. He came to make forgiveness possible and to restore our relationship with God so that we could be with Him forever. Jesus Christ is the Creator of all – and the Savior of whoever will humble themselves and put their trust in Him. Jesus made a statement that everyone needs to consider because it challenges the belief that there are other paths that lead to God. Jesus said, I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me. (John 14:6) Either He is telling the truth or He’s lying.
He wasn’t just making truth claims. Jesus backed up what He said by what He did. He lived a perfect, moral life. With His great power He healed the sick, opened the eyes of the blind, raised the dead to life, and exercised authority over Satan and the spirits – who submitted to Him because they knew who He was and they feared Him. Even the wind and the waves obeyed Him. Then, in great humility and love, Jesus willingly laid down His life for others when He died that horrific death on a Roman cross. He was buried and then three days later was resurrected to life again… just as He said would happen… and just as the true prophets of God many years earlier had predicted. Yes, this really happened. The historicity of His death and the authenticity of His resurrection has been put to the test by many, including historians, lawyers, and skeptics, yet it has been found to be credible and – more importantly – true. In fact, the evidence is so overwhelming that some who were actively seeking to disprove it ended up changing their minds and believing in Him.
Jesus is alive today and can be known by anyone who will believe and trust in Him. He said that He will return for those who are trusting in Him and then judge those who have rejected Him. Click here for more about the evidence for the ressurrection.
There are some who say that Jesus is the “whiteman’s” God. Sadly, they are either misinformed or are not interested in the truth. Today, people from all over the world have put their trust in Jesus Christ and actively follow Him… including Native North Americans.
Maybe you’re wondering why this matters and how it relates to you. We invite you to continue reading.