Denesh Divyanathan is from Singapore. His mother was from a Chinese Taoist family. His father was from an Indian Hindu family. One day he asked his father about the stirring tales of gods and kings and heroes in the Hindu scriptures, “These are just myths aren’t they, these things didn’t actually happen?” His father said that they were myths but that they would teach him how he must live. In time, Denesh decided that he did not need myths in order to be able to work out how to live and he began to call himself an atheist.
Then he came to England to study economics and a friend persuaded him to come to church. Finding everything in church boring he began to flip through the Bible in the pew and was very surprised. He was struck not by the size of the Bible or its elegant language or its grand themes, but by the maps included at the back – maps of the ancient world, boundaries of nations and empires, locations of cities, rivers and recognisable coastlines and routes of the journeys made by Israelite ancestors, marching armies, Jesus and his disciples, and by the apostle Paul. For the first time he realised that the Christian faith claims to be about real historical events taking place in real earthly locations.
That was just the beginning of a long journey from that moment of surprise to Denesh’s present conviction that the Christian faith stands because of the historical truth of the events in the Bible, both the Old Testament preparations for God’s sending of the Christ, and supremely the birth, life, suffering, death and resurrection of Jesus.
Denesh Divyanathan is now the minister of a church back home in Singapore. Like us here in our village church, he aims to proclaim these world-changing historical events believing that Christian faith stands or falls on this. If you’re not sure whether the Bible is myth or history then come along. Our church Bibles also have maps in them! And we aim to warmly welcome all those who come through the doors of our church and to be ready to answer any question that you may have.