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Jun 15 2008

So You Want to Tell People the Truth

A boy sought advice on how to show people the truth. He heard of a great man living atop a mountain. He walked many miles, slowly ascending the mountain, all the while thinking of all the truths he would show people when he learned the secret.

He found the man sitting cross-legged in his house, eating a Big Mac. The boy sought to introduce himself, but the words failed him.

“I know who you are. You are a fool,” the old man said and  took a bite of his Big Mac and said, “You came here because you want to become a great speaker of truth. Of course ,I can show you how. I can explain what binds foolishness to men’s souls. I can show you how to reduce all arguments to dust and ashes. I can show you how to make men clamor at your every breath.”

He took another bite of his Big Mac and then a drink of his Coke. “But I discern doubt in you. You fear that you cannot do all that I have said. Indeed, I can tell you are not sure of your course.” The old man regarded the boy as he finished his Golden French Fries. “This must not be. Doubt leads to indecision. Indecision leads to….”

After a long moment the boy said: “Indecision leads to where?”

“Exactly,” said the old man. He finished the last two bites of his Big Mac and licked the special sauce from his fingers. He rose, drew a sword that glinted in the fading evening light, and walked toward a large old tree; with a determined blow, he felled the tree and then turned on the boy raising his sword above his head.

“The choice is simple. If you show people the truth, I will cut your head off. If you do not show people the truth, I will cut your head off. So, will you show people the truth?”

“Can I ask one question before you kill me?” The boy said.

The old man took a sip of his Coke and then resumed his stance, ready to strike a blow. “Of course.”

“You were eating a Big Mac.”

“Yes, I was eating two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onions, on a sesame seed bun. Some Golden French Fries and a refreshing Coke A Cola.”

“Why were you eating that?”

“Because I’ve heard the McDonald’s commercial every day for the last 50 years, how could I not want one?”

“Because they told you to want one every day you decided to eat one?”

He dropped his sword and smiled. “Now you see what it takes to tell people the truth. You are now ready to tell the whole world.”

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    1. 16
      Dennis

      Hi John,

      Jesus said “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” If I was there, I would have said to myself, “Well that sure leaves me out! I am surely not pure in heart!”

      Do you know anyone who is pure in heart? Is there anyone without sin, except for our Lord? Did Jesus tell them HOW to get pure in heart?

      Did Jesus reveal to Nicodemus HOW to get born again? Nicodemus did not have a clue what Jesus was talking about.

      Jesus told the crowd one day that unless they ate His flesh, and drank His blood, that they had no part with Him. The next verse says that many left that day and followed Him no more. They thought He was speaking about cannibalism and Jesus never even told them what He really meant by what He said.

      I could go on and on with numerous examples of parables that the 12 did not even understand. Jesus explained some to them in private, but mostly, He went misunderstood even by his chosen apostles. They did not understand the cross until after the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and maybe a little when Jesus visited them on the road to Damascus.

    2. 17
      Dennis

      Hi John,

      And I totally agree that we can and need to hear God for ourselves. That is a must.

    3. 18
      Tom

      I particularly like the statement “read the red and pray for power.” I would like to add that every word Jesus uttered (recorded in red) is potentially in his role as “Greatest Old Testament Prophet.” However, many of His statements refer to “The End Times” (which must be taken as written to Christian disciples) or are addressed specifically to His followers (e.g. “This is my Commandment, that you love one another.”). I think it is fair to say that when Jesus is discussing “the kingdom of heaven” or the “coming kingdom” or “God’s kingdom” these statements are intended to be understood as universal statements of God’s preferences in how His people interact with God, Each Other, and The World. For instance, In Matthew 18 (a question [who is greatest in the kingdom of heaven?] followed by that question’s long answer) Jesus presents a picture of how to conduct Christian Fellowship “in the kingdom of heaven.”

      Finally, Jesus spends a lot of time addressing the hypocritical and self-serving aspects of being a “Professional Religious Leader,” which perfectly fits ANY religious leader in ANY religious system, not just Judaism.

      So, yes, Read the Red and Pray for Power. With the proviso that one must place Jesus’ specific statements into context. If it fits a Universal, Christian or Kingdom context, it applies to you, New Testament Believer.

      If Paul’s version seems to deviate from THAT context of Jesus’ statements, then you misunderstood Paul or PAUL GOT IT WRONG. Paul, for all his revelation, IS NOT GOD. But Jesus IS. Selah.

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