For the last 50 years of the 20th century, Anthony Flew, professor of philosophy at Reading University in England, had been one of the world’s most influential atheists. But in December of 2004, Flew made news by announcing that “it is simply out of the question” to believe that life came from dead matter, and that complex organisms just “evolved” from it. He said he now believed that on the basis of scientific evidence — especially the intricate and complex DNA codes in our cells — that a “super intelligence” was the best explanation for life and the universe; in other words, the existence of a God. Flew’s conversion from atheism to theism sent shock waves around the world.
Two thousand years ago, a similar “shocking” story took place, when Saul of Tarsus, the most vehement opponent of Christianity in all of Judaism, who had been persecuting and arresting Christians, suddenly began preaching the Jesus that just a few days earlier he had given his life to opposing. This Saul of Tarsus of course became the man we know as “The Apostle Paul”, and today we are going to look at his “story.” Paul shares his “story” in Acts 22, but then in Philippians 3:3-9 Paul interprets his “story” for us, sharing four things in his life that could not save him, and ONE that did. These same things are true for us as well: