Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2004 21:39:48 EDT
IS A POWERFUL MESSAGE. PLEASE READ ALL OF IT. I AM PASSING IT ON
BECAUSE I AM CERTAINLY NOT ASHAMED TO DO SO.
In light of the
many jokes we send to one another for a laugh, this is a little
different: This is not intended to be a joke, it's not funny, it's
intended to get you thinking..............
young lady named Sally, relates an experience she had in a seminary
class, given by her teacher, Dr. Smith. She says that Dr. Smithwas
known for his elaborate object lessons.
particular day, Sally walked into the seminary and knew they were
in for a fun day.
the wall was a big target and on a nearby table were many darts.
Dr. Smithtold the students to draw a picture of someone that they
disliked or someone who had made them angry, and he would allow
them to throw darts at the person's picture.
Sally's friend drew a picture of who had stolen her boyfriend. Another
friend drew a picture of his little brother. Sally drew a picture
of a former friend, putting a great deal of detail into her drawing,
even drawing pimples on the face. Sally was pleased with the overall
effect she had achieved. !
The class lined up and began throwing darts. Some of the students
threw their darts with such force that their targets were ripping
apart. Sally looked forward to her turn, and was filled with disappointment
when Dr. Smith, because of time limits, asked the students to return
to their seats. As Sally sat thinking about how angry she was because
she didn't have a chance to throw any darts at her target. Dr. Smithbegan
removing the target from the wall.
Underneath the target was a picture of Jesus. A hush fell over the
room as each student viewed the mangled picture of Jesus; holes
and jagged marks covered His face and His eyes were pierced.
Dr. Smithsaid only these words... "In as much as ye have done it
unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto Me." Matthew
No other words were necessary; the tears filled eyes of the students
focused only on the picture of Christ.
that game if you want to play it too.
we were living in Israel during the time of Moses, we
would not think it severe.
Thanks for you
reply, Bob. I've been trying to avoid arguing with you, because
I don't think it would be productive for either of us. Even
if I presented a brilliant case to you for why you should
become a Christian, I don't believe it would persuade you
to become a believer. No one was ever argued into Heaven.
Having said that, I do believe that you may become a Christian
before you die. I know this because I know that many other
atheists have become believers.
You quoted Leviticus
20:14 as an example of why you don't accept the Bible. Of
course, you need to take this verse in its context. It was
meant for the Jews living in Israel before Christ. It seems
like harsh punishment to us, but if we were living in Israel
during the time of Moses, we would not think it severe.
But we Christians
no longer have to live under the Mosaic law. One of the purposes
of the law was to show us of our inadequacies and to point
the way to Jesus.
I have two verses
for you today, Bob:
I Corinthians 1:18
Hope to hear from
You know, instead
of saying "I've been trying to avoid arguing with you,
because I don't think it would be productive for either of
us." I wish you'd say instead: "I've been trying to
avoid arguing with you because I have no answers and I don't
want to be exposed for believing in something unquestioned."
No, better yet
I'd like you to say: "I've been trying to avoid arguing
with you because I want to judge your actions and tell you
that you're wrong but I don't want to have to explain my reasons
for believing what I do. I just want to do the judging part!
Waa waa waa!"
Oh, wait, here's
what you should say to me: "I don't think for myself! My
life is based on bible verses, not life experience or individual
thought. Please change your way of thinking to my way of thinking
because then neither of us will have to face the inconsistencies
in the Bible! And if you could just stop trying to reason
everything out then I could forget that it all makes no sense
and continue to point at bad people and look superior in doing
There, that last
one is what you should be saying. Phew! That would be fun!
And yes, I understand that about Leviticus and the laws of
the land at that time. The other verses in the bible don't
pertain to us either for the same reasons! I think it shows
how wonderfully empty verses are in the real world. That's
where you're living now David, the real world. This is why
the Bible doesn't work.
"If we were
living in Israel during the time of Moses, we would not think
it severe." Please always follow this up with: "If
we were living in Israel during the time of Moses, we would
also believe that animals sometimes talk."
earth may well have been created millions of years ago,
plenty of time for the dinosaurs to live and die before
Adam and Eve came on the scene a few thousand years ago.
that one of the reasons you can't accept the Bible is you
can't reconcile how the dinosaurs fit in with the Genesis
account of creation. The Bible says "In the beginning God
created the heavens and the earth," but it doesn't say when
the beginning was. The earth may well have been created millions
of years ago, plenty of time for the dinosaurs to live and
die before Adam and Eve came on the scene a few thousand years
God gives a very detailed count down of what was made on each
and every day, even going so far as to describe what a day
is: "there was evening and there was morning, a second
day" Genesis 1:14.
Unless you're saying
that the dinosaurs were around before He made water, the seas,
vegetation, plants, all things made on the SECOND day. Then
somehow He made light, the seasons on the third day, and then
the fourth day He made the living creatures of the earth,
Genesis 1:19-20. I suppose that includes the dinosaurs, right?
Or are you saying that there was no light, vegetation and
living creatures during the dinosaur times (before days 2,
3 & 4)? I'm confused, David Schmiedeberg.
Have you even read