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Bigfoot, Crop Circles and an Empty Cave


We have just celebrated Passover here at our home. We began doing this a few years ago after studying the Jewish Holy Days. A friend of ours who is a Jew invited us over to his home and went through the ceremony. He reminded us that Passover was the longest continuously celebrated event in the history of man. For over four thousand years people of God have gone through this ceremony. This time when we celebrated it we had small children with us. It was not the quiet serene event that it had been in past years with these children present. However, I realized that many of the things done in the ceremony are there to teach children about God’s deliverance, so I didn’t mind.

We have all pondered on Holy Week as Christians. It is that time of the year when we especially focus on the sacrifice of Christ. For us it is undeniable. Jesus was sent as the ultimate sacrifice for the sins of man. God made a way where no other way could be taken. No man was “good enough” for four-thousand years to live a sinless life and make it to heaven. It’s amazing that men are still trying to reach heaven by being good. In our lost condition we desperately needed a Savior. In the Old Testament the Jews were in bondage and cried out to God for deliverance. For four-hundred years they lived in slavery to the Egyptians. Then God brought them out by Moses hand. These events really happened historically but miraculously it is a parallel of the Christian walk. We are in bondage to sin. When man cried out to God He sent Jesus.

Have you ever doubted your faith in it all? Did someone ever question you and make you feel like you didn’t have the answers? If Jesus was the only way to heaven doesn’t it make sense that all men would see Him as just that? It does seem as if God would have made the events so clear that no one on the planet could deny Him. Yet, there are many unanswered questions to the story.

As my title states I was thinking about all the things that people put their faith in. There are many believers in various things that have some evidence. For example, men wake up and find that crop circles have been patterned into a field of wheat. These geometrical shapes are a source of mystery. Many people have faith in the unknown and sincerely believe that aliens from another world have left these as evidence of their visit. Since these are only visible from the air and extremely elaborate it is difficult to determine who made them. In the past few years some people have come forward and taken credit for these. They have demonstrated how they accomplished getting these done so accurately and debunked the myth of alien visits. Yet, some still believe in visitors from another world.

Bigfoot is another belief that has been a mystery. There as long been legends of human like creatures spotted in the forest that were unidentified.   Many years ago there was a short video clip of a supposed animal walking upright like a man. It was evaluated and some scientists said no one could have faked it. There have been many hoaxes over the past century but no real animal has ever been produced. Still there are some who believe.

What makes our faith any different than something as mysterious? Let’s examine the scriptures. In the book we call the Bible there are sixty-six books that have been compiled and declared to be the work of the Holy Spirit. These books and letters were written over a period of about 1500 years. Very few of the writers knew each other-that is only a few lived at the same time as another who penned a book. In each statement about Jesus (whether it is prophecy in the Old Testament or statements in the New) every single one is in agreement with all the others.

In the account of Jesus’ death and resurrection we find four Gospels that tell four different accounts but all are in harmony with each other. Each one is unique in the same way that four people witness an event and describes what they saw. Yet, all four gospels tell of Jesus death, burial and resurrection as being accurate. In each account Mary Magdalene and some other women went to the tomb and found it empty. Some of the Disciples also found it empty. In one account we read that Roman soldiers who were ordered to guard the tomb overnight were paid money to keep quiet and claim that Jesus’ Disciples stole His body in the night.

What evidence can we gather about Jesus? How can an empty tomb be enough to believe He is the Son of God and that He overcame death just as He said He would? If archaeologists knew which tomb He was laid in what evidence would there be? After all, His body isn’t there, right?

As a believer in Christ I have enough evidence. I have logically studied and thought on these matters. I can personally tell you that an empty cave is far more believable than aliens from another planet. Besides the fact that the Bible is inerrant and has never been proven to have false facts (historical or scientific) I have several personal reasons I believe in the empty tomb.

Historically the entire world was changed by this event. The calendar year we use is in place because of Jesus. It used to be correctly stated as A.D. (Anno Domini) Latin for “The Year of Our Lord”. The event of Jesus’ life and resurrection was of enough significance that time was set by it. Christianity is the major religion in the world today. Even though the numbers are declining inAmericait is growing in other countries and as a whole Christianity is by far the leading religion. If you look at the history of the Church (believers in Jesus since the first century) and consider what men and women have endured due to their faith it would be unreasonable to assume they had no proof that Jesus rose from the dead. We have a very large book in our home called the Martyrs Mirror. In it is the history of the suffering saints who went to death instead of denying Jesus as Savior. Each one of these people staked their life of the fact that Jesus came out of a tomb and sits at the right hand of God making intercession for us.

I can go on with more facts that lead me to believe that the empty tomb was real but I won’t. Let me give you the greatest evidence that I have that Jesus lives. I believe that Jesus lives because He lives in me. He came into my life and changed me. Ever since the day I accepted Him as Lord and Master I have never been the same. His Word gave me a path to follow that has lead to peace, joy and a purpose for living. Whenever I strayed from that path I suffered and when I stepped back on it I found contentment. Jesus changed my life so I truly believe He lives.

I speak with Him daily. His Holy Spirit has been with me through all these years and His presence has never forsaken me. When I needed Him He was always there. He has even appeared to me in dreams and visions in a real way unlike any other dreams I have ever had. I have heard His voice in the cry of a newborn child and in the silence of the night. Strangers have spoken words to me that, unknown to them, answered my prayers. In each time Jesus was made more real.

I don’t believe in visitors from another planet but I do believe in the empty tomb. Don’t speak to me of the lack of evidence. I have more than enough to believe. He is more real to me today than the visible world I live in.

Friend, what about you? Have you discovered that the empty tomb was for you, too? Are you like Thomas and need to see before you believe (John20:24-29). Maybe you want to believe but just can’t. Let me ask you this. Are you satisfied with you life as it is today without Him in you life? If you are honest you will admit that you aren’t. Right now you may be in pursuit of something you believe will bring you happiness. It will be just like all the other ventures in your life and will have a dead-end. What do you have to lose today in trusting in Him except heartache, pain and loneliness?

I am leaving you with the passages that tell of this event. Read these with an open heart. The only conclusion you can reach is that He still lives!


Prayer-Father God, I believe there are many who want to believe in You and Your Son but just can’t. They have listened to others who have lead them astray and now are still seeking for peace. May they find You in the emptiness of the tomb as well as the emptiness of their lives. I thank You for the great sacrifice You gave for mankind. May all who will come today.

In Jesus’ Name-Amen


Matthew 28:1-20

Mark 16:1-20

Luke 24:1-53

John 20:1-31


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Philippians 3:13-14 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

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4 Responses to "Bigfoot, Crop Circles and an Empty Cave"

  1. Beth says:

    Amen Brother Paul. I’m so thankful He took a sinner like me and washed me white as snow. I definitely didn’t deserve it, but He loved me enough to save me. I don’t remember if I have told you before, but my husband and I really enjoy your messages. I have kinda the same story you and your family do. Right now we are “homechurched” (lol) because I haven’t found a “true” church in my area where we fit in. We rely on your messages. I shared one with a friend of mine and referred to you as my “temporary virtual pastor”. May the Lord bless you and your family richly for sharing the WORD.

    1. paul paul says:

      Thank you Beth. That is so nice to know that you are blessed. I am so happy to meet you. I will do my best to always provide a message here that the Spirit has lead me to. May God richly bless your family!

  2. Deborah says:

    The feast and Holy days are not Jewish, even though everyone equates them with the Jewish, They are Abba’s Holy days and feast. I would like to celebrate them with others, Just starting out.

    1. paul paul says:

      Actually, they really are Jewish. God planned them specifically for His people, the Jews. When He gave them to Moses He said they would be kept “forever”. No other group of people were told this as they were specifically to point God’s chosen people to Messiah. We, as Christians have them available to celebrate the long time Messiah that was planned from the beginning. We are not under a law to keep these as, as pointed out in Colossians 2:16. We do gain by celebrating them though as it makes scripture come alive. May the Lord Bless you celebrate in Him!

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