The uncommon life
Popular historian and self proclaimed former Christian-turned-atheist, Dr. Bart Ehrman, in his debate with Dr. William Craig, clarified that a historian’s job is not to tell “what” happened, but what was “most likely” to have happened.
He goes on to explain why that makes it impossible for him to hold to the idea of a historical miracle.
If the historian is looking for what is most likely to have happened, then he could never accept a historical miracle since miracles are never the most likely thing to have happened… “by definition.”
I can totally see his point. Though not anywhere near as well trained in history as he is, I am very well trained and even more experienced in human lives.
In this, I have come to accept an oxymoron… and apparent (though not literal) paradox.
Everyone has an uncommon life.
Everyone’s lives are extraordinary.
Everyone’s lives are filled with coincidences that strain even the most credulous person’s sensibilities.
In fact, I would go so far as to say that maybe the most unifying factor in people’s lives is that we all have experiences… often defining experiences… that are extraordinarily unlikely.
In my experience most people who can stomach the concept of a miracle believe that they have experienced them.
It seems that everyone has experienced million-to-one odds… and been the one… in multiple experiences!
Mark Twain is given credit for “…Fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities. Truth isn’t.”
So, at FBC Tyler, we are about to embark on a few weeks of looking at some of the “extraordinary” lives in the Bible… the likes of Paul, Jesus, Mary, Zacchaeus, David, and others… and at the same realizing that their lives are extraordinary…
Just like yours… Just like ours.