When we hear of conversions nowadays, we never quite know what to make of them. They are so often subjective "encounters" or "experiences," without any reference to Scripture or verifiable fact, without any corroboration. When the Apostle had his encounter with the Risen Christ (Acts 9:1-19), and had we been journalists investigating the event, we would have known at least four things: (1) Paul was blind for three days; (2) the men with him all heard the sound (Jesus' voice?); (3) Ananias had a vision regarding Paul; and (4) Paul can now see. However, better than any other proof of what Paul spoke, we would eventually know that Paul (formerly Saul) is a radically different man, as passionate in serving Christ as he was in persecuting the followers of Christ.
Now we hear that feminist writer Naomi Wolf has had such an encounter with Christ. Wolf, the author of The Beauty Myth, a 1991 polemic against the cosmetics industry, makes a most unusual claim in a recent interview: that during a therapy session she saw a vision of Jesus, "the most perfected human being that there could be -- full of light and full of love." She experienced it as a 13-year old boy sitting next to him. It didn't dull her enthusiasm for feminism, though, but strengthened it. She does, to her credit, make one profound statement: "I don't claim to get where this being fits into the scheme of things but I absolutely believe in divine providence now, absolutely believe that God cares about every single one of us intimately." No witness. No corroboration. Just a subjective experience. And so, many will say, that's all well and good for her, right?
In contrast, in Anne Rice's conversion (see Jan. 22nd Post "Anne Rice Comes Out of Egypt") we have an individual who sought answers to her deepest questions about the Christ of the Bible, and found them through her study of the Bible and the answers rooted in a historical reality: the resurrection of Jesus. We don't know where Anne Rice will end up on various doctrines of the faith, much less on the political spectrum. But the Jesus she encountered is the Jesus of the Bible. On the other hand, we really don't know what Naomi Wolf experienced.
Did Naomi Wolf see Jesus? Watch and pray. Look for fruit.