As a kid, I remember being fascinated about what happened before I came into the world. For many children, especially under the age of seven, they have a hard time understanding that there was anything before them, while at the same time having some sort of conception that their parents, grandparents, and aunts and uncles have lived lives without them.
This time, before the child came into the world, is millions of years and their parent or grandparent has only been alive for a blip on the timeline. However, as a child, all of this time, and the amount of time the parent has been alive, was one.
One of my least favorite phrases that adults ask children is, “How old do think I really am?” Usually the child laughs, either out of embarrassment, uncomfortably, or trying to imagine age and time is strange. I remember being little and asking my parents questions of things like, “What was it like before TV?” My parents, who were both born in 1959, would ask me a similar question to, “How old do think I really am” but the problem was, I didn’t know when TVs were normal in the home compared to 1959 so I could not conceptualize the concept.
My parents fell in love in a history class, which is probably why I was so fascinated by anything before me, because it was history. I always wanted to know what things were like back then. Back when? I don’t know, just back then.
Probably due to my parents love for each other and for history (there favorite year is the Battle of Hastings, do you know when that is?), both my brother and I developed a strong love for all things back then. I assume this is why I a so in love with Church History.
As mentioned in my post, My Story of Faith, I come from a somewhat complicated history of Christianity one which includes both High Church and lowest of Low Church. Because of this, I am fascinated by what happened back then. In college, when we finally came to the part of my studies which taught the Reformation, I knew I had finally arrived at my back then.
Back Even Farther
There are multiple times in the Bible, particularly the book of Acts, where believers told the story of Israel. Two specifically are:
- Peter tells the story on the day of Pentecost in Acts 2:14-35
- Stephen tells the story before he in stoned in Acts 7:2-53
As I have studied the story of my faith, the story of the broader Church, and the story of Scripture, I am compelled to go back and take a look at what happened back then.
If you do not know your faith story, go back and study where God has brought you and how you arrived at where you are today.
If you do not know the story of the Church, spend some time researching Church History. There are a lot of amazing resources. Anything by Justo Gonzalez is fantastic, but in particular his three part volume The Story of Christianity. Christianity Today also does a segment on “Today in Christian History.”
And finally, if you do not know the story of Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation, read it. I know there are 66 books in the Protestant Bible and many of those books contain long lists of names or laws which become hard to read. But I exhort you, read it. Go back to the beginning and read it. Sean Gladding has a great book which helped me see the whole story called The Story of God, the Story of Us. It tells the story of Genesis up until Revelation in narrative. Melissa Florer-Bixler has a book on the story of the Old Testament called Fire by Night: Find God in the Page of the Old Testament.
If you need more resources or more information on going back, let me know. Send me an email or comment below. Go back. Find out what happened back then. This not just some story, it is your story – our story. Come with me.
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