Just had a chance encounter to meet Rachel and how interesting it is that while we can discuss politics, WTO, capitalism and other issues of interest to people today, yet the minute I go to the Bible, the fur really hits the fan!
This self professed Communist was more than happy to spend 15 mins with me chewing over all the hot spots around the globe - Iran, North Korea and Zimbabwe - both of us agreed how dire these countries are and how persecuted people are that have to live under such MARXIST leaderships, while at the same time Rachel tried to uphold the justification for a socialist regime.
When I challenged her to show me just ONE example where socialism has worked in the world she couldnt. When I pressed her further, she then turned the tables on me and asked me to demonstrate where capitalism has worked well in the world. Seeing as I wasnt arguing for the latter in the fist place I really had little to say on this, apart from the fact that states which allow capitalism for the most part allow freedom of religion and free speech (this is now limited in the UK however.)
Anyway, I needed to returned to Biblical matters otherwise wed spend all day on the flaws of politics in this fallen world. Funny this is, while she kept her cool during my criticism of men like Stalin, Lenin (her heroes) and other past Darwinist leaders, the moment I told her that mankind is inherently wicked, she went bananas. Talk about conviction of sin. I then (only just) managed to quote one verse to her, before she started to walk off in a huff: Theres no a just man upon the face of the earth," I scarcely managed to tell her. She started to rant and rave about this and insisted I was wrong to say such a thing.
Next up, she wanted to tell me how silly it was to believe in God and nor had any evidence ever existed to prove the Bible was from God. To the contrary I told her. How was it that so many scientific facts are proven from Scripture? What about Isaiah telling us how the world was round, centuries before scientists "discovered" this? Was it by chance? She told me the earth came to be by chance. "Oh, come on" I told her, "please don't patronise me. When I was a child you might have been able to sell me this nonsense of evolution but I am now a grown man and I don't have enough faith to believe it." By this stage she was fuming and threatening to storm off. Finally, before she left, I told her how the Bible has 68 prophecies on Jesus Christ, written in the Bible hundreds of years before He was born, and each one came to pass as the Book said they would. "Sure lucky, wasn't it Rachel, how these 41 authors got it right." She fired back (I had used the painting demands a painter analogy) that if this were true, which she said it wasn't, "who then made God?" "Nobody did," I told her; "He's eternal." With that she stormed off and looked back at me in absolute contempt. What I failed to share with her (she was really itching to depart) was that the odds of 68 prophecies coming to pass by chance are 1 out of 10, to the 148th power.
I waved, wished her a nice weekend and told her to keep smiling (Rachel never looks happy when I see her.)
Please pray for her today.