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“Ye of Little Faith!”

People have preached to me about Armageddon, yet I do not explain my own faith.  I find the idea of Armageddon repulsive and demonstrates a lack of faith in God.  My grandmother would often say, when I lacked any faith:  “Ye of little faith!”  Presumably this derives from a book in the library called, “Bible.”  My grandmother also would repeat, “judge not lest ye be judged.”

The book of Revelation, where Armageddon is discussed, was hotly disputed as to whether it should be part of the “Christian” canon.  Yet, there it is with all it’s nastiness and hate.

The idea of Armageddon, “dooms day,” and day of wrath is about our OWN judgment day.  In the faith I gained while growing up, we were told to be responsible for our own actions, lest that day would be upon us.  My mother would often say, “you have enough to worry about with your own stuff, so don’t worry about what others are doing.”  Mothers are correct.  “God helps those who help themselves,” was another quotation floated around me while growing up.

My grandfather was a friend of [Dr.] Norman Vincent Peale during Peale’s undergraduate years in college.  My family believed in the power of “positive thinking.”  “The glass is half full, not half empty.”  There are times it is difficult to be positive.  There are times it is difficult to remain positive without appearing to have “wishful thinking.”  Positive thinking is NOT about “wishful thinking.”  Those who attack ideas of “positive thinking” attack it with false attacks of “wishful thinking.”  They don’t understand, nor do they attempt to understand.

My ideas are written here for people to freely choose to read.  I do not force these ideas upon others, unless asked.  I do not give these ideas unsolicited.

But many judgmental people will force their ideas about “dooms day” upon me.  I find this to be irritating, annoying, downright nasty, and most of all – harassment.  The USA Prohibition era was a time of nastiness, forcing judgment upon the entire population, in a fascist manner.   My grandmother, in her younger college-age years was part of the movement to prohibit alcohol.  So why, in later years, did she tell me to “judge not lest you be judged?”  Because my grandmother learned something which Diana Butler Bass reminds us about in her book, Christianity for the Rest of Us:  “seek wisdom, not certainty.”  Others who knew of her aversion to alcohol and her days as a “prohibitionist” might find her to be a hypocrite while repeating, “judge not lest you be judged.”  But they fail to realize there was a huge crisis and event in her life which taught her wisdom.  Why does it take such catastrophic events to teach wisdom?  Why can we not learn wisdom from what others do to teach about it?  Good questions.  The ones who are loudmouths harass me with their negative vibes of “dooms day,” but fail to pursue ideas and LEARN from others who might have more wisdom.

The point of Diana Butler Bass’s book is about spirituality.  The notion of spirituality is lost upon those who embrace “dooms day” theology.  “Dooms day” theology promotes negative “spirituality” based on fear and intimidation.  Therefore, one can say this is an evil spirituality.  But go ahead, point the finger at me and say the same thing about positive thinking.  The day of judgment is upon you, as two fingers point back at you, too.  Precisely the reason a wise old woman said to me, “judge not lest you be judged!”

Douglas Cornwell

Tioga Herald

False Judgments

Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:  1 – 17; Deuteronomy 5: 4 – 21

  1. Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
  2. Thou shalt not make unto thee a graven image.
  3. Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD the GOD in vain.
  4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy.
  5. Honour thy father and thy mother.
  6. Thou shall not kill.
  7. Thou shall not commit adultery.
  8. Thou shall not steal.
  9. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
  10. Thou shalt not covet.

My colleagues and I who are professionals in education have been rendered with “false witness against thy neighbor.”  By whom?  Rick Scott and many who proclaim they “have Jesus!”  Plus others who don’t.

My grandmother said, “judge not lest you be judged.”  So, Nanna, when false judgments are hurled at me and my professional colleagues, am I to remain stalwart in following what you advised me to do?

I COULD make some judgments here, after having false judgments passed on me.  I did not pass judgment on Rick Scott at the beginning, just made certain I got my butte to the voting booth, recognizing, unlike many who did not and are now complaining, the importance of voting.  But later, when I listened to Rick Scott’s friends lambast faculty at Palm Beach State College, I could not resist in joining the crowds who insist Rick Scott has also thumbed his nose at Commandment number 8.  Has he?  As with the lawyers of Jesus Christ’s days, we face manipulation of the truth.  I suppose Jesus Christ had no basis for calling these people “hypocrites?”  I guess I should say no more and plead the fifth!

Hypocrites and deception fall under, when you remove the sex part, Commandment number 7.  Adultery IS deception.  Our sex-crazed world gets too tied up with the sex part and cannot recognize the deception part.  Rick Scott does not measure up well with Commandment number 7, either – with regard to DECEPTION and NOT speaking about sex.

We hope the man did not commit an offense contrary to Commandment number 6.

OK.  Sometimes I am not so good with Commandment number 3, even when I think I am getting away with something when I say, OMG!  Or GD – the worse!  Then again, is GD like saying, “Gee whiz” or “golly gee!”  or “darn it all?”  I know nothing about how Rick Scott handles this commandment.

Commandment number 2.  Society does too much of this one and Rick Scott is no exception.  The same can be said of number 10.  Materialism and “keeping up with the Joneses!”  Envy, jealousy, pride.  1 Timothy emphasizes the “love of money” as the “root” of “evil” or “all kinds of injurious things.”  Is this not like making a “graven image?”  Worship of money rather than GOD?  I think so.  Where does Rick Scott, the man who BOUGHT his election, stand on this one?

Also Commandment 1.  “No other gods.”  Rick Scott and his tea party “gods” of the Koch brothers and others.  Fleshly “gods” are more important to Rick Scott than the true God.  More important than the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

Whoops!  There I go… making a judgment.  Sorry Nanna!

Douglas Cornwell

Tioga Herald

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