Day 239

Today’s Reading – Ezekiel 1-4

As I looked at the creatures, suddenly there was a wheel on the earth corresponding to all four faces of the creatures. The appearance and composition of the wheels were like sparkling topaz. There was one shape for all four of them, as if one wheel were inside another. When they moved in any of the four directions, they moved without swerving. Their rims were tall and terrifying, because all four of them were filled with eyes all around. When the creatures moved, the wheels moved next to them. Whenever the creatures rose above the earth, the wheels also rose up. Wherever the wind would appear to go, the wind would make them go there too. The wheels rose up beside them, because the spirit of the creatures was in the wheels. When they moved, the wheels moved; when they stood still, the wheels stood still; and when they rose above the earth, the wheels rose up along with them, because the spirit of the creatures was in the wheels.  Ezekiel 1:15-20

For some this passage is Ezekiel’s account of an obvious encounter with an UFO and an Ancient Alien Astronaut. For others it is Ezekiel’s vision from God.

I simply ask which ever you choose to take the leap of faith and believe.

For me, I find it far more palatable to believe that God appeared to Ezekiel in a vision. This vision, like a dream, was distorted by our ability to even begin to comprehend the things of God; hence, a very bizarre description. For me, that is more comforting than the thought of a being from outer space appearing 1000s of years ago to direct our culture and then disappearing.

I’ll grant you that I find the alternative (aliens) entertaining. I enjoy Sci-FI, Doctor Who, time travel, and all that it offers. I just don’t buy it as an explanation for our existence and purpose!

As we journey through Ezekiel, you make the choice.

What do you want to believe?

Tomorrow’s Reading – Ezekiel 5-8

Author:

I am a United Methodist Pastor and have the privilege of serving as the Senior Pastor for the church of my childhood. I preach in a place I once was an acolyte. I love to preach, but more importantly I love to teach. I firmly believe that Faith Matters and should affect how we live. This blog is a place where I come to share the randomness that is life and faith ... and the intersection of the two.

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