Matthew Parris, a self-avowed atheist, is a columnist for The Times Online, a London news magazine. He grew up in Africa and had the opportunity to return there. During his visit, he was confronted again with the positive difference Christianity made in the African peoples’ lives. The article is linked below. Here is an excerpt:
We had friends who were missionaries, and as a child I stayed often with them; I also stayed, alone with my little brother, in a traditional rural African village. In the city we had working for us Africans who had converted and were strong believers. The Christians were always different. Far from having cowed or confined its converts, their faith appeared to have liberated and relaxed them. There was a liveliness, a curiosity, an engagement with the world – a directness in their dealings with others – that seemed to be missing in traditional African life. They stood tall.
Our experience has been similar. The Christians among the Palawano people are those courageous enough to interact with the outside world, and do things that will help their people as a whole.
Jesus said, “My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” (John 10:10 in NLT)
My question: What can Jesus possibly mean when he says he wants to give us a rich and satisfying life? Can we believe him? Is that the truth? What do you think, and what has your experience been in that area? Please leave a comment below.
Read the article linked above and be encouraged. This is a re-post as I feel this article continues to be current and relevant. Click to follow this blog by email to be updated about other related issues.
- Excerpts and views on: As an atheist, I truly believe Africa needs God (via umbach6) (holisticlivingforyp.wordpress.com)