The Book

Turned off by organized religion? Not sure that God exists? I had the same doubts and feelings not too long ago. That all changed in 2009, when I read a book that turned my world upside down. Suddenly, it was as if God had switched on the lights and I could see. When I looked at myself and realized how I had lived, I was shocked. I had turned my back on God and become totally self-centered. I didn’t know what to do, so I fell back on my training and experience from my NCIS special agent days and started to dig. I had to have answers. Was my newfound faith based on reality or just wishful thinking?

The results of my quest led to my first novel, Final Departure, and the launch of my writing career. I’ve gone from never opening the Bible, to studying it and the world around us on a continuing basis and searching for evidence in the natural world that supports the word of God.

Are you looking for proof that God exists? Want to know more about whether or not the Bible is true? Join me as we dig in and look for the answers together.

Jeff Walton Ret. Special Agent & Author

Jeff Walton spent nearly 30 years as a NCIS Special Agent. Walton served in the US Navy during and after the Vietnam conflict and began his career in federal law enforcement as a Special Agent in the Interstate Commerce Commission’s Bureau of Investigations and Enforcement in 1979. He transitioned to NCIS in 1981 and began his career at the NCIS Resident Agency Fleet Support in Norfolk, VA, where he worked general felony criminal investigations and transitioned to foreign counterintelligence (FCI) and combating terrorism (CbT) work.


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When a Christian Leader Misspeaks in Public - What Should a Follower of Christ Do?
4/22/2018 6:16:00 PM BY Jeff Walton

The offense:  A few weeks before Easter Sunday, Franklin Graham tweeted “Jesus Christ is God in the flesh; and he took your sins and mine to the Cross, dying in our place, so that we might live – if we put our faith in Him. (3/13/18, 3:03 PM).  Obviously, Pastor Graham was making a general statement that captured the essence of Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection, but as we all know, the skeptics are ready to pounce on the most minute mistake made by a nationally-recognized Christian leader.

 

The responses: Hundreds reacted to Franklin Graham’s tweet. While I did not take an actual count of the pro and con responses, the slight majority seemed to come from the atheists, skeptics and a variety of other non-Christians. 

 

One astute reader tweeted: “I have a question. Where is Jesus right now? Frank says he’s “God in the flesh.” Okay, so he’s made up of matter. Molecules. That means he displaces some space. Where? And don’t say “heaven,” unless you can give me some coordinates. I’m honestly asking. Anybody?”

 

Did the skeptic have a point?  In a word, yes.  In my humble opinion, Pastor Graham, for whom I have tremendous respect, most likely meant to say, “Jesus Christ is Lord; he came to our world as God in the flesh,” or words to that effect.  That minor word change would have disarmed the many critics who pounced on the literal meaning of his words.

 

The choice – take the high road or engage?  In my perusal of the many scores of responses from Christians, none offered any direct rebuttals to the skeptic.  While many quoted scripture or made calls to have faith – answers that would carry weight with believers – most, in my opinion, were answers that were sloughed off like dead skin by the skeptics. 

 

A suitable answer? Maybe a different response would have been more appropriate.  How about one that would have met the skeptic in his own naturalistic world?  Forget for a moment the dangers of engaging in a potentially fruitless tit-for-tat exchange that would most likely go nowhere.  But if one were inclined to engage, perhaps one route to take might be the following:

 

“Actually, Jesus Christ did come to earth as God in the flesh, was crucified, and rose from the dead after three days.  Where is he now?  What would the coordinates be?  I suspect the coordinates would be in the same zip code as all the dark matter and energy that not a single scientist can yet locate.  They all know it exists, since it makes up roughly 85% of the entire universe, yet they can’t find it in this physical time/space continuum. Funny thing about invisible entities, MapQuest just can’t zero in on them yet.  One thing we can find is the written record that documents over 500 witnesses observing Jesus Christ in the flesh after his resurrection and his disciples watching him convert to some other form and disappear in a bright light – a form of brilliant matter/energy we can’t locate yet.  I suspect when scientists figure out how to locate the dark matter, they’ll find the light matter too.”