The Big Question
On NPR’s “Think” Krys Boyd interviewed Yann Martel, the Canadian writer who in 2001 gave us the novel, Life of PI. The interview was about his new novel, The High Mountains of Portugal,and their conversation led into a discussion of Martel’s personal viewpoints about Jesus, His miracles, the interesting observation that like an Agatha Christie mystery, the Gospels tell a murder mystery, and then Boyd led Martel by her questions to share about his own faith.
He told how he was raised in a secularist home emphasizing reason, but then in his thirties while living in India, he began to explore the limits of only believing in this present material world. He came to the conclusion that reason was a good tool, but like all good tools, it was good for some things, like creating computers and cell phones, but not good for other things, like providing meaning in life’s major crises. He opened himself to faith, but for him faith is belief without evidence.
The writer of the Third Gospel would strongly disagree with Martel. Dr. Luke told Theophilos in the introduction his desire to give him strong proof for his faith. I am encouraged, however, because Martel indicated he was carefully reading the Gospels and I pray that the true Spirit will lead him to ask the most important question any of us can ever ask. It’s the question Jesus asked His disciples right after He fed the five thousand.
“Now it happened that while He was praying alone, His disciples were with Him. And He asked them, ‘Who do the crowds say that I am?’ They answered, ‘John the Baptist. But others say, Elijah, and others that one of the prophets of old has risen.’ Then He said to them, ‘But who do you say that I am?’ Peter answered, ‘The Christ (Messiah) of God.’
Then He strongly charged them and commanded them to tell this to no one, saying, ‘The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.’” - Luke 9:18-22
LORD, in the interview Martel revealed his passion for a good story and deep understanding of how story works. Help him to keep reading Your Text and bring him to the same insight that Peter received as Your gift—the conviction that Jesus is Your Son, the Messiah.
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