Enter God’s heart:
The next evening, the voice spoke.
I want you to enter My heart.
“Enter God’s heart? This is weird, Lord, and scary, like out-of-body travel.”
I will protect you.
For moral support I asked, “Lord, first give me Your love.”
Let Abigail love you. You will feel My love through her.
“Then strengthen me, be with me, for this.”
He took my hand, as it were, and led me into the “heart of God.” I had expected it to be an overpowering, perhaps terrifying experience. But it was more like the eye of a hurricane. I was at the center of something vast and powerful, but here it was quiet, calm, and peaceful. I surveyed the things I feared—the end of my career, financial insecurity, loss of reputation, and a book that went nowhere. In that calm that is God, each concern disappeared.
God: An Autobiography, As Told to a Philosopher – is the true story of a philosopher’s conversations with God. Dr. Jerry L. Martin, a lifelong agnostic. Dr. Martin served as head of the National Endowment for the Humanities and the University of Colorado philosophy department, is the founding chairman of the Theology Without Walls group at AAR, and editor of Theology Without Walls: The Transreligious Imperative. Dr. Martin’s work has prepared him to become a serious reporter of God’s narrative, experiences, evolution, and autobiography. In addition to scholarly publications, Dr. Martin has testified before Congress on educational policy. He has appeared on “World News Tonight,” and other television news programs.
Listen to this on God: An Autobiography, The Podcast– the dramatic adaptation and continuing discussion of the book God: An Autobiography, As Told To A Philosopher by Jerry L. Martin.
He was a lifelong agnostic, but one day he had an occasion to pray. To his vast surprise, God answered- in words. Being a philosopher, he had a lot of questions, and God had a lot to tell him.
2 thoughts on ““I want you to enter My heart.””
Johan Herrenberg October 2, 2013
I have been following the progress of the ‘Autobiography’ with great interest and a bit of frustration, too… Chapters cannot come quickly enough, as far as I’m concerned. I want to know all… Although God has never spoken to me as He has done to you, I was really astonished by this chapter on account of a striking coincidence. You speak about being inside the heart of God as being inside the eye of a hurricane. The ambitious novel (in Dutch) I have been working on for the last 16 (!) years – of which I am now finishing Part 1 (300-400 pages), and which presents, among other narrative lines, the story of a very strange ‘second Christ’ who is instructed by His Father (and we hear Him speak) – is called ‘Through the Eye of the Cyclone’, where ‘through’ has two meanings (seeing through/going through) and the cyclone is also the Zyklon B that was used in the attempt to exterminate the Jewish people.
I felt I had to tell you this.
Jerry L Martin October 20, 2013
Our lives are shaped in part by what God is leading us to do. I do not doubt that God is working through your writing to an end that may be beyond our current ken and greater than we can know. Thank you, my friend, for your deep response.