"Our inner spirit is God’s lamp—or searchlight—into our hearts."

John 3:16 states that God loved the world so much that he allowed his only son to die in order to save all humanity. If true, how was this communicated to the entire world, across all centuries, languages, and religions? Social media had not yet been invented.

For Robertson, the son of a powerful fundamentalist preacher in a household where “serious questioning and fundamentalism were not always compatible,” the exacting question of how, literally, global communication of the Christian God’s love and sacrifice took place weighed heavily. Then one day he came across this passage in Job 32:8: “But there is a spirit in man, and the breath of the Almighty gives him understanding.” He’d found the answer. The spirit in man, of which Job spoke, is God’s universal communication network, the Almighty Internet, if you will, which transcends all linguistic and geographic barriers. The intangible realm of “spirit” is acknowledged by virtually every religion, and we’re genetically wired to experience it, or so science indicates. It is this spirit within, Robertson concludes, that draws God to all humans everywhere throughout time.

Robertson, an orchestra conductor with a doctorate from Julliard, intelligently and persuasively corroborates this hypothesis with evidence from the Bible, carefully building his house of spirit with scriptures from Psalms (spirit and heart), Ephesians (spirit and mind), Matthew (spirit and soul), and others. Bible scholars will be fascinated. Laypeople will appreciate sensible analyses, such as one religious plan does not fit all. Through masterful interpretation of Bible passages, Robertson establishes that the spirit within man, placed by the Almighty, draws God’s message of love and grace to all throughout the ages, thereby transcending the barriers to communication posed by geography, language, and individual religious affiliation. And since science suggests we are sensitive to it, the existence of “the spirit within” is a plausible belief.

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