Why we are here – a video message from Joseph Stuber

I am a much better writer than I am a public speaker, and that will become evident as you listen to my feeble attempt to connect with you via the video below.  I am reminded of Moses arguing with God regarding his inability to speak eloquently:

Then Moses told the Lord, “Please, Lord, I’m not eloquent.  I never was in the past nor am I now since you spoke to your servant. In fact, I talk too slowly and I have a speech impediment.”

11 Then God asked him, “Who gives a person a mouth? Who makes him unable to speak, or deaf, or able to see, or blind, or lame? Is it not I, the Lord? 12 Now, go! I myself will help you with your speech, and I’ll teach you what you are to say.”

13 Moses said, “Please, Lord, send somebody else.”

14 Then the Lord was angry with Moses and said, “There’s your brother Aaron, a descendant of Levi, isn’t there? I know that he certainly is eloquent.   Right now he’s coming to meet you and he will be pleased to see you. 15 You’re to speak to him and tell him what to say.  I’ll help both you and him with your speech, and I’ll teach both of you what you are to do. 16 He is to speak to the people for you as your spokesman and you are to act in the role of God for him. 17 Now pick up that staff with your hand. You’ll use it to perform the signs.”

Unfortunately, I don’t have a brother Aaron to stand in for me.  So, I am left with my in-eloquent words, but it seems I must at least begin the process of learning about this medium of communication as my 20 year old son tells me I am wasting my time if I don’t become – his words – “famous.”   Millennials will understand what that word means today – those of us who are older probably won’t.  It means – to them – building a fan base through social networking, or at least that is what I think they mean when they say “become famous.”

Anyway, as a back-up, after listening to this poor quality first attempt (I’ve got to learn how to filter out the background noise for instance), I inserted a few words below the video that tell you with more detail and clarity what this is all about.

WHY I WROTE BETTING ON JESUS

Betting on Jesus is not like other books you might read on the matter of your eternal salvation. I have spent a good portion of my working life doing research – primarily on the matter of the economy and the markets. I approach my research in much the same way an investigative journalist would go about doing a story – that is I look at as much evidence as I can possibly find to arrive at an opinion. And, I do all I can to connect the dots when building a case for the opinions I express.

That is what I did in this book. My goal was to prove to myself that the Bible was the inerrant Word of God – not an easy task as the Bible is intentionally ambiguous – Jesus tells us that. It is also contradictory in places – a point that Billy Graham noted early on in his career. That ambiguity, and those contradictions leave one in a place where they may say “I believe in Jesus“, and in so doing, HOPE they have covered the bases, but still have real doubts about the words in the Bible.

I am often amazed at the people I know who appear totally confident in their beliefs, in particular, when considering people like Mother Teresa who spent her entire life serving God and Jesus, and yet expressed in her many letters the pain she endured as a result of her own lack of faith. A woman who lived her life enduring self-sacrifice on behalf of God and Jesus had doubts, but you and I, who rarely give thought to the matter beyond our trite platitudes that we repeat over and over – “things like God is good” or “God loves you” – seem supremely confident in our eternal destiny.

For what it’s worth, Jesus was very clear in talking of people who live a worldly life while professing to be Believers. His words were pretty direct – he said, and I paraphrase here – ” you are neither hot or cold, but lukewarm, and for that I will spit you out of my mouth.”

Do those words mean you won’t get through the “narrow gate“. I’m not sure it does, but I am sure it might mean just that, and for me the risk is just not worth it.

I have no doubt that I got some things wrong in the process of writing Betting on Jesus. Somehow I think that is OK as I think my desire to spend a lot of time studying and pondering on the words of the Bible will please Jesus a lot more than telling those around me to “just have faith,” in particular when recognizing that “blind faith” is so very difficult to achieve for many of us.