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Confused yet? If not read the title of this post again. Ok, did you read it? Are you confused now? I live my life in confusion, no not really but this title can be confusing.

Give me a few more minutes and I will explain my confusing title. I spend almost every Sunday morning attending an adult Sunday school in a Baptist Christian church. I do not mention this to brag, adult Sunday school works for me and is something I enjoy but it does not make me a better or worse person. The mention of the Sunday school class is only brought up to paint the scene for the premise that created the confusing post title.  Every Sunday school lesson revolves around a scripture from my religious text. The text of the Christian religion is the Bible. The piece of text we studied was Matthew 25:31-46.  The passage is a beautiful text that tells about the end of time and mentions to the people at the end of time that the way they treated the lord of the Christian faith is part of their inheritance. Obviously, the people at the end of time are confused because they never treated the lord of their faith one way or the other. The Lord of their faith was and is this, amorphous spirit that exists but doesn’t exist. The lord of the faith drops a bomb on them…

34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

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The commentary in the class mentioned that the passage was a parable. We have a class that is in the style of the forum and the discussion is open. One member took advantage of the forum style and told us that, this was not a parable but a prophecy. Being tech savvy I quickly googled parables and prophecies here is a link to one thing I found. It seems that parables and prophecies are close to the same thing and serve the same purpose of most of the religious text. What is the purpose of the religious text? To make you a better human, of course. A good human is one respects all life, a great human is one who loves all life and a better human is one who sacrifices for all life.

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

I have never been really good with words or grammar but I have always had ideas that I needed to get out about things. People who argue over semantics like Tomatoes or tomato and Potatoe or potato always seemed to slow down ideas. I know that many of these people feel like they are “refining” the ideas, however, when they stop a lesson or life to mention or debate over semantics this is not refinement but more obstructionist. There was this amazing book I once owned titled “Don’t Sweat the small stuff and it’s all small stuff“.  Reading this book helped me gain perspective on life and I think made me recognize the folly of debating semantics.

I encourage you today, to “not let perfect be the enemy of good” surely I want you to seek perfection but even more importantly you should do good, damn the semantics and grammar

peace

john3c

 

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