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Living in an Abnormal World

Mitch Teemley

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We think of life on earth as normal. But it’s not. We get a very different perspective from Jesus. Like Klaatu–the alien ambassador in the classic sci-fi filmThe Day the Earth Stood Still,who has come to warn humans about their perverse and violent ways–Jesus often seems to shake his head at the sheer abnormality of this world.

Following what seems like an understandable failing on the part of his disciples to heal a boy suffering from demonic seizures, Jesus responds:

“O, you unbelieving and perverse generation! How long must I remain with you? How long must I put up with you? Bring the boy here to me.” (Matthew 17:17)

After healing the child, Jesus explains that, with even the slightest spark of real belief in God’s unlimited power, “nothing would be impossible for you.”

Apparently, beyond this world, what we deem “miraculous,” abnormal events are normal, even necessary…

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