During my years in college I wrestled a lot with the thoughts of whether or not the Bible is true. One day I felt convinced that it was true and another day I just had doubts. At one point, I decided altogether that the bible was not true and I tried my hardest to believe that there was no God at all.
For about two years I looked at life as a series of random events. If for some reason something happened in may favor, unexpectedly, I simply said it was some coincidence. If someone happened to encourage me at the most appropriate time, I said the universe is just in some type of harmony.
As life progressed and as I experienced the ups and the downs I could not escape the fact that I needed to resolve the issue of God's existence and God's word. I pictured myself at the very end of my life and I said suppose I faced God and I realized that He was true and that He did indeed, leave His word for me, what would I do?
I have read many different books in my life. I majored in Psychology in Princeton and read many books about human behavior. There are many patterns of human behavior that I studied or have been made aware of. Philoshpy books? I read them. I took at least three college level courses. My most interesting was one course where I had the chance to focus on Descartes. He is well known for his conclusion "I think, therefore I am" or "Cogito ir go sum."
Physics, chemistry, calculus and literacy are other books that I read. I also looked at some self-help books. with all the reading that I have done, I have not found any book that comes close to the Bible. Nothing compares to it.
When I look at the life of jesus I am amazed. The most amazing things that I consider about Jesus is that in the last 2,000 years since his introduction to Earth, no one has been able to refute his existence. No one can say or has successfully proven that Jesus Christ never existed.
What I also find very interesting about Jesus' life is that throughout the time that he was on Earth he used the Bible (Old Testament) extensively. He quoted from the Bile very regularly.
Jesus performed many amazing miracles that no one has been able to refute or contradict. why would someone so powerful and amazing use the Bible as a guide? Because he himself, Jesus Christ, knew that the Bible was the word of the Father, God.
History is a topic I have come to appreciate. In Middle school and high school I did not appreciate history; I hated the idea of looking at dates and the past. Now I realize that Just as we see Napoleon, Julius Caesar, Shakespeare as historical figures that we research and appreciate their mark on the world. We see Jesus was a significant historical figure as well.
Jesus not only impacted the people of his time but he is still impacting millions as result of his life as seen in the Bible.
Did you know that the Bible was "written" by about 40 men over more than a 1500 year period. The Bible was written from three different continents: Asia, Africa and Europe. It includes writings by shepherds, fishermen, kings and more.
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A little about Mario Depeine, Sr.
As an educator I get the opportunity to get a small glimpse of how our society is shaping up. Children come into the classroom with all types of perspectives. A lot of the perspectives are a result of their environment. Some of those perspectives reflect the home life or lack of. Some reflect the street life and some just reflect the media that the children are exposed to.
Middle School children are just starting out in life. You see how their characters and personalities are shaping up. Many can be molded or adjusted easily others are a lot more resistant to change depending on their circumstance.
I work in an urban district. While there I see many interesting and at times disheartening things. Hopefully my experiences as an educator can shed some light on what we can do to better prepare our children for the future.