STOLEN WORDS

February 16, 2018

 

Unless you have been living under a large rock for the last half of a century, you are most probably aware of the assault on the Bible.  The ACLU and all of their liberal comrades have made every effort to remove the Scriptures from every corner of the public square.  It’s not really an issue of religion infiltrating the state…how can that be when public schools and universities are designating rooms for Muslim prayer time?  When it comes to personal accountability for sin, the Bible is far more intrusive than the Koran.  “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Hebrews 9:27). This verse is an illustration of the fact that judgment is more sure than death and that is just plum scary.  Hence, the need for elimination!

The general agenda of the Left is whack-a-doodle enough, but their hypocrisy will drive the believer nuts.  For example:  if the Word of God is rejected, shouldn’t vocabulary that is uniquely Bible be refused?  Millions of times a day Americans ask God to damn something or someone.  It is well understood historically that the God being referenced is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob…the God of the Bible.  When was the last time you ever heard anyone petition Allah to damn anything?  Is that a back door demonstration of the superiority of the Deity that is implored?

In similar fashion multitudes have regularly coined the phrase “oh, my God” or "OMG" all the while exhibiting no other inclination toward any form of spirituality.  The question remains, who or what is this god that is framed in the possessive?  It seems to be a bit disingenuous to declare God to be yours if He really isn’t!  Of course, people on the right are guilty of the same, but they are not part of the crowd attempting to segregate the Lord to the back of the bus.  By now He should know to refrain from all water fountains except those in church buildings.

American colloquial speech rarely escapes the word “hell.”  It is used to describe heat, and interestingly, even cold.  How can it be both?  It is frequently used in expressions of surprise (what the hell?) or declarations of emotion (madder than hell).  Should an ACLU lawyer use a word that is distinctively Biblical in its origin?  We would have no original information about hell without the Scriptures.  Any additional data is simply a remake or a distortion of what God has already said.  It seems to be quite hypocritical for Progressives to use verbiage that is so firmly ensconced in both Testaments…particularly in light of their abhorrence for them.

Does anyone remember “Soul Train?”  How about soul music, soul food, soul mate, soul sister or soul brothers?  Plenty of politicians have asked us to consider the "soul" of the nation.  Families, organizations and even governments have been said to possess such a thing.  What is a soul?  We are still waiting for the Harvard elites to submit a firm definition.  By virtue of these many applications, we would suppose that a soul is more than a metaphor.  Why use such a strong adjective if it is a mere mystery?  If the body is the product of evolution, is the same true of the soul?  Did it arise from a one celled critter on the sand and if so, why can’t we see it?  Please, professor, tell us of its origin and development; if you are incapable of that, shouldn’t we discontinue the propagation of a word that is a mercenary myth?

Nothing pre-dates the Bible in providing an explanation for the creation of the human soul:  “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7).  Notice the word “living.”  Newspapers have described disasters when large numbers of lives have been lost as “souls that perished.”  There is a memorial in Nova Scotia for the “souls” that were lost on the Titanic.

About this time some knuckle head smart-aleck is thinking…”okay, Reverend, you tell us what a soul looks like.”  I’m so glad you asked; it’s time to jump in the pool where the lightweights sink and the heavy thinkers rise to the top.  Reverse evolution!  Although invisible to the human eye, the soul has a bodily form.  John said: “I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held” (Revelation 6:9).  Jesus told of a rich man whose soul descended into hell.  That soul could speak, see, hear, identify others, feel pain, thirst and remember others - a lot of bodily functions going on there.  The Psalmist added: “My soul cleaveth unto the dust:  quicken thou me according to thy word” (Psalm 119:25).  The idea is quite simple…the soul is like an inner tube inside a tire; it conforms to the image of the outer shell.  The Scriptures often refer to death as “giving up the ghost.”  The ghost is the invisible soul - which explains why cartoonists hang a sheet on Casper.  The summation is found in the words of Jesus:  “For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?” (Mark 8:36)

An entire boatload of information awaits the serious inquirer, but we have provided more in a brief discussion than the Ivy League eggheads can generate.  Our suggestion to the elites, aristocrats, liberals, etc. is avoid words you cannot adequately define or understand ---try not to look silly.  Stick with words that have long been in your vocabulary like:  feelings, comfortable, vulnerability, cerebrally challenged, economically marginalized, or adjusted behavior.  Please remember a barf bag is for “motion discomfort,” and a plunger is a “hydro-blast force cup.”  I am in need of both!

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