Thursday 19 September, Questions of Life
There is a lot of talk these days, but little deeper conversation. Alpha is a forum to skew life’s questions in a thoughtful direction. It is an unapologetic primer in the Christian faith, but starts from the premise that there are no dumb questions or opinions that cannot be voiced. It does not provide glib answers, but prompts people to listen to each other with a respectful ear, and to share experiences. “Does the Spirit world exist, what happens after you die, is there a heaven and hell” were questions voiced as guests shared their opinions. “I believe in a God, but don’t go to church”, “Why do such bad things happen in my life”, “I pray but never get an answer”, “I believe in Jesus, but don’t read the Bible”. So many questions, so much ground to cover, and this is only the first week and the topic “”who is Jesus?”. The dividing figure in human history. Man or God, or both? Tragic leader or illusionist? Great teacher or fraud? Real person or myth? The world has changed much in the two millennia since the events recorded in the Gospels occurred. The human condition has changed little, we still have rich and poor, leaders and followers, joy and sorrow, questions and where do you turn for answers? Alpha is not a quick fix with instant solutions, but a process to lead into soul questions, and enjoy some fun and a good meal at the same time. This Alpha is taking place in Sarnia, Ontario, but simultaneously many there venues across the world are hosting identical sessions. In Community halls, retirement homes, people’s homes, churches and pubs across the world. Check for one in your town and start scratching that itch.