“That’s Quite A Range”

“Now the chief priests, and the elders, and all the council, sought false witnesses against Jesus, to put [H]im to death; But found none…at the last came two false witnesses, and said, This fellow said, I am able to destroy the temple of God, and to build it in three days.”                                                                                                                                         (Matthew 26:59-61)

“Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.”                                                                                                                                 ( John 2:19)


We recently met a man who is visiting America from England. While we made polite conversation we said to him that we would like to visit England. We then shared with him our interests in Sherlock Holmes tour sites and C.S. Lewis sites to which he replied, “That’s quite a range.” As we pondered his statement we concluded that in his mind Holmes and Lewis are two (2) extremes. Holmes being atheist and Lewis being Christ-ian. We then wondered why he would think Holmes to be unbelieving.

Methinks his understanding of Holmes comes from the current incarnation on BBC as this Holmes is shown to be atheistic as well as a “high functioning sociopath.”

However, if one were to go to the actual source or Holmesian canon, that was authored by A.C. Doyle, one would find a Holmes that is a man of faith and one would certainly not find a sociopath.

In the early days of our preaching we were involved with a fundamentalist church. In this “camp” Billy Graham was not well thought of. If his name came up in conversation it would certainly be in the negative. Being a young preacher we assumed that the veteran Christ-ians knew what they were talking about. If they said Graham was bad, then Graham was bad. Case closed.

And it came to pass…on the day of my ordination a much loved evangelist said something good about Graham. We respected this man’s opinion on spiritual matters so we thought about sampling some of B. Graham’s sermons and books. And what did we find? Lo! and Behold! we found a faithful man of God. The books were sound in doctrine and the sermons were sound as well. Graham, in his preaching, called sinners to repentance and belief in the Risen Christ.

A picture of Billy Graham hangs on my wall today.

The point of this post is this – Go to the source before you base your position on someone else’s biased opinion.


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