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Bible Humor

Bible Humor

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
By Rev. GEORGE H, IDE, d.d.

The Bible is regarded as such a serious
book, that many have the impression, it
would be quite out of place to suppose that
there is anything in it bordering on the humor-
ous. As a matter of fact, there is not a book
in the world that presents more humorous sit-
uations than the Bible.
By Rev. GEORGE H, IDE, d.d.

The Bible is regarded as such a serious
book, that many have the impression, it
would be quite out of place to suppose that
there is anything in it bordering on the humor-
ous. As a matter of fact, there is not a book
in the world that presents more humorous sit-
uations than the Bible.

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BIBLE HUMOR By Rev. GEORGE H, IDE, d.d. The Bible is regarded as such a serious book, that many have the impression, it would be quite out of place to suppose that there is anything in it bordering on the humor-ous. As a matter of fact, there is not a book in the world that presents more humorous sit-uations than the Bible. Indeed, it cannot be appreciated or understood without bringing to its study a sense of humor. It is one of the signs of progress in theological dis-cussion, that this element in our nature is get-ting recognition as of high importance for faith. A recent writer, who is commanding wide at-tention in the theological world, has lately said "that the growth of humor may well be re-garded with religious interest ; for it is a happy sign of increasing mental health and reasonable-ness." He further says "that it is a force for truth and beauty and goodness. Religion and
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33 34 THE LIVING CHRIST art and character, of the highest order, are in-conceivable without humor." What is the use of humor in its best form? What is its office? It is an unerring discoverer of false magnitudes, the revealer of bad perspec-tive. It is also the sense of incongruity. Con-ceit, for example, is occasioned by bad perspec-tive. Paul tells us that we ought to esteem others better than ourselves. But it is possible for a man to reverse this order of personal con-sideration and think of himself more highly than he ought to think. He entertains the geocentric mood, and seems to himself to be at the heart of things. The spot where he stands is the center of the circle formed by the horizon, and the zenith of the sky is directly over his head. Now here is involved a false magni-
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tude, and a perspective that is really ludicrous. When a man thinks that he is the whole thing, how is such conceit to be removed? It is the office of humor to set him aright and adjust his bad perspective. A prominent writer made a statement to this effect. When I was quite a young man, I thought myself perfectly compe-tent to pass sentence upon the universe. But as I grew older, painful doubts of my infalli-BIBLE HUMOR 35 bility sprang up within myself ; and these doubts were encouraged by the persons with whom I conversed. This is like the saying of another, that there comes a time when a man suspects himself a fool; and this is followed by another period, when he knows it. Education renders a great service in reducing false magnitudes and in removing bad perspec-tive. A young man goes to college or the uni-
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