Ghosts don’t change people, God does

But Abraham said, ‘If they won’t listen to Moses and the prophets, they won’t listen even if someone rises from the dead.’ ”

At first glance this verse seems to be completely false. Surely if someone returned from the dead and spoke to me I would listen to them infinitely more than I would listen to the words of Deuteronomy or Malachi!
However I do think the point is sound because it reveals the power of the human will. No external pressure or evidence will by itself change one’s perspective on God. Only the words of God breathed into the heart of man can affect lasting change. The rich man and his brothers were radically devoted worshipers of money and not even a ghost would be able to detach them from their devotion. It worked in Dickens “a Christmas Carol” but Jesus is saying it wouldn’t work in real life. I suspect Jesus is right. For someone’s allegiance to change to God from money, sex, power, fame, self love, materialism or any such idols as these It will only be the words of God that do it.



About Dennis Arve Wilkinson

Happily married, blessed with four children, thrilled to have started Meta Communities in 2011. Born in Calgary, raised in Winnipeg, undergraduate education in Wisconsin (NIU) & Seminary education in Minnesota (CBTS). During my time in the Midwest I gained about a dozen years of pastoral experience. It has been my privilege to travel to many parts of the globe and divine providence has smiled on me by allowing me to be mentored by several men of great character over the course of my life time. I am a follower of Jesus - though not without struggle. I am committed to joining God in the restoration of all things by telling, showing, and welcoming people into the good news of God's story. God's story of redemption in Jesus is the best story the human has -- I am letting the better story shape my life and helping others do the same.

Posted on January 27, 2015, in Dens Devotions, Wrestling with the Bible and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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