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The message contained in this slideshow pictures our
Creator as an iconoclast, frequently at odds with the
status quo His creations have created for themselves.
The style of this presentation is that of questioning
God's ways through logical, reasonable, and rational
human understanding and a worldly perception, looking
for a way to do things the 'proper' and 'accepted' way.
od's ways are not man's ways, the BibIe teIIs us.
God is different. His children are supposed to be
different and they are supposed to make a difference.
Wouldnt it have been
much more
respectable and
acceptable for the
King of kings, Jesus,
to have been born in
a palace, with
illustrious members
of the court in
attendance, and with
all the honor and
praise of society?
Instead, He was born on the dirty floor of a barn, next
to cows and asses, wrapped in rags and lying in a feed
trough, with a motley crew of poor little shepherd boys
kneeling on the floor beside Him.
Wouldnt it have been
better for His earthly
father, Joseph, to be a
prominent potentate
instead of a humble
hewer of wood?
Wouldnt that have
made it easier on Jesus
and His followers, and
wouldnt it have
advanced His work a
little more rapidly if He
had had the approval of
the established order?
nd wasnt that rather
humiliating for His humble
parents to become fugitives
from infustice and have to
flee the country like
common criminals for
having given birth to the
leader of a rival
revolutionary government,
the Kingdom of God?
nd wouldnt it have been better for Jesus to have lived a little
more decently and acceptably, instead of scrounging His food in
other mens fields, sleeping in other peoples houses including in
the house of a couple of lovely young single sisters, Mary and
Martha and being buried in another mans grave?
id He have to always be
challenging the religious
establishment, defying convention,
destroying traditions, and
threatening the status quo,
so that He had to be executed with
two common criminals and leave
behind the evil reputation of having
been a companion of tax collectors
and drunks and harlots, a glutton
and a winebibber, a lawbreaker, a
disturber of the peace, a demon-
possessed fanatic and false prophet
of the wrong way?
nd why
deliberately offend
the established
order?
Why deliberately
pick a bunch of
lowly fishermen
and a hated tax
collector for His
disciples?
ouldnt the King of
kings have made
easier progress and
gotten His new
movement off to a
better start if He had
done it mans way and
chosen His disciples
from the learned
Sanhedrin, with the
approval of the
synagogues and the
permission of the high
priests and a license
from Rome?
ord, if You had beaten up
the moneychangers in the
temple once, the authorities
might have overlooked it,
but to drive them out with a
whip, bust the furniture, and
spill all the money
repeatedly You know that
was too much' Somebody
was bound to get mad and
get You in the end'
ouldnt You have compromised fust a
little bit on some of these issues and not
continued to deliberately run head on
into the religious authorities with Your
revolutionary doctrines? What did You
expect people to think? Of course they
would accuse You of being a drunk and a
glutton, a libertine, and a revolutionary'
ouldnt You have polished up Your manner and Your message a little
bit so it wouldnt have been quite so hard to swallow such as when You
told Your disciples to eat Your flesh and drink Your blood? Why, they
could have thought You were starting to teach cannibalism'
You really didnt make it very easy
for them to accept You, because
much of Your method and message
was terribly hard to swallow for
anyone who was accustomed to
even the least bit of respectability'
Youve made it very hard to
explain You to respectable society
why You had to be so
unconventional and controversial,
such an iconoclast'
idnt You care what people
thought about You and Your
followers? idnt the stories
that were going around about
You and the men and women
who were following You make
any difference to You?
Why did You have to make it so hard for us to explain You to
society? When Your actions are almost inexcusable, what do
You expect society to believe? They can only go by what they
see and hear, and thats bad enough'
ord, please let us improve
on Your methods, and
polish up Your message a
little, and eradicate some
of these controversial
aspects of Your ministry'
We dont want to make the
same kind of mistakes You
did' Surely, we could learn
something from these
mistakes of Yours'
Otherwise, if Your disciples are going to follow such a
non-conformist example as Yours, they're going to have
nothing but trouble from beginning to end.
ouldnt You fust, in our
case, make it a little
more equal, so we
wouldnt have to suffer
the kind of persecution
You and Your early
followers did? Shouldnt
we have learned
something from Your
example, of what not to
do next time?
nd ord, You also should have
had much more respect for the
temple and synagogues. You
know buildings are the
foundation of every religion,
and without them, where would
our religion be? Why, we
couldnt have any ceremonies,
and what would we say we
belong to if we did not have a
denomination?
nd to actually say that the Jewish temple was going to be destroyed'
Wasnt this sacrilege and blasphemy, proclaiming that what they called
the very house of God was doomed to destruction? If we said things
like that, who would You expect to follow then, ord?
Isnt there some better way You could do things, with a better class of
people, more acceptable methods, and a less offensive message that
wouldnt upset people so much and make them so angry at You?
Most of us want to be of some
reputation and to be well
thought of and respected by
our communities'
Most of us dont care to be a
news headline, especially not
in this distasteful fashion.
Most of us dont care to be
considered religious fanatics.
ord, do we have to be so
completely denounced by the
world in order to keep us
separate and uncompromising,
to keep us from drifting back
into it? o they have to refect
us entirely to drive us to You?
Isnt this asking a little too much, to make us such offscourings
of society as St. Paul was, and as he said the apostles were -
such dregs of humanity as Your early followers were, such
misfits, odd characters, fanatics and peculiar people?
Society will never accept
us again. It might bring
division and betrayal by
those who are not loyal,
like Judas did to You.
It might offend so many weaker brethren, wed have very
few left, and we would be able to persuade very few to follow
such extremes of loyalty, dedication, and doctrine, like what
happened to You after that 'flesh and blood sermon`'
The unexpected and the improper, the unconventional and
untraditional, the unorthodox and unceremonious, contrary to man`s
natural expectation, this is the way God usually works.
'For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,
says the ord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My
ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.`
Who can know the mind oI the Lord, and who can show Him anything?
The minute you try to Iigure the Lord`s plans out in your own
natural reasoning, you might as well quit, because it will
probably never work out that way anyhow lest you say,
'My own hand has saved me!¨
God knows what He`s doing, and it`s
none oI our business how He does it!
So we ought to stop trying to tell God
how He ought to do things. 'Now,
ord, You must do it this way or that
way so well be accepted and people
will understand.`
Forget about the people who don`t
want to understand! Just trust God that
He knows what He`s doing! 'Trust in
the ord with all your heart. and lean
not on your own understanding. In all
your ways acknowledge Him, and He
shall direct your paths.`
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