The Living Word…
Jack and Jill ran up the hill…People see things different. Everybody does, right? When the words “Jack-n- Jill ran up the hill” are read, we all pretty much get a picture much like the one above. We have different points of view. We come from different backgrounds and different cultures. We have suffered differently, and triumphed at times while people failed in the exact same task. What makes us see things differently, or the same, when looking at the same thing?
The sacred cow to the Hindus, looks like a savory meal to the starving Ethiopian, and the animal rights activist want’s to rescue the cow from the exploitation of it all. I can’t help but wonder what the cow thinks about all this. You see herein lies the problem. Does the cow think? The activist says yes. Okay, what does the cow think about? If you know they think, then you must know what about. All this can be confusing. You want to know something else I noticed. This “law” that says we all see things different doesn’t apply to one unique group of people.
Christians have a unique claim, and a unique book. These people and their book look like they are no different than anyone else. They seem to never be able to agree to the meanings of the words of their book. They and their book seem to constantly contradict one another. This is how it looks to the people that eat cows, worship cows, and rescue cows from the rest of us.
This may be how it looks, but it is not how it is. There is something the cow people don’t know. The cow people don’t know that the book is alive. When a person reads “Jack N Jill ran up the hill to fetch a pail of water”, they all ‘see’ the same picture in their mind. There is something very special about Christians. They have asked a man named Jesus to heal their eyes, so they can see. There is a certain amount of irony in this. The people that refute the claims of Christianity claim that it lacks physical evidence. To me this is ironic, because I am a Christian, and I see the same as other Christians do. You see, while everyone may see things differently, we Christians see things the same. Since we do see the same, something remarkable happens. We can read one verse one day and get a meaning; and read the same verse tomorrow and get a totally different meaning. We see the same in that we always see things different, (smile) while looking at the same words. Ironic almost doesn’t cover it. Our book is alive. The words are alive. They can’t possibly be stuck in time, and the meanings frozen forever like Jack and Jill. Every new day brings new meaning to the words.
What does this mean? It means that the person that’s eyes have not been blessed, and healed by God, will get a totally different picture when they read the Bible. They will see that we are indeed crazy, and at best ‘wishy-washy’. We can never seem to agree on the meanings of the words. The words will always seem to contradict themselves, and so will the people that follow their teachings.
I can’t help but notice the irony. They will on the one hand demand evidence, and on the other, never ask how it’s possible to get different meanings from the same words daily. Think about that for a minute. Is there any other work of literature like that? Do they ever stop to think of the mechanics needed to make that even possible?
You can read this tomorrow, and it will be the same as it is today. Peace all 🙂