Monday, January 03, 2011

It Is To Laugh

I love it. I see stuff like the graffiti pictured above and I just grin. Let me translate:

“A stupid person needs the promise of heaven to see the merit of good deeds.”

Duh…huh? (Scratching my head) Do whut?  What do all them fancy squares have to do with th-oh wait---their bricks! He wrote on bricks! That’s a good un! Uhuh!

I’m going to kick start my assumpter machine. I’m going to assume that the person who placed this handwriting on the wall believes that an intelligent person doesn’t see the merits of Heaven. That a smart person is just good for goodness sake.
He or she seems to assume that we only do good deeds because we want to get to (work their way into) Heaven.  If not for the promise of Heaven, we wouldn’t lift a hand to help anyone.
In reality, none of us going to Heaven would DARE approach God’s Throne in our own righteousness. He only accepts the Righteousness of Christ, which we have become partakers of through His Grace. My righteousness would get me a hot seat in hell right next to the graffiti artist who thinks he was doing a good deed by writing on a wall.

An intelligent person knows that the fear (respect/love) of the Lord is the beginning of Wisdom.
I know the little darlings can’t help it-we exist in a culture which is running away from God at warp speed.
But God will do as He Wills, and He is still rescuing souls from hell every day. I’m guessing that many people around the world have accepted Christ in the time it took you to read this sentence.
I know by faith that not one person whom God wants to be with Him in Heaven will be missing.
Conversely, not one person destined for hell will be among the saints praising God throughout Eternity.
Smart like a lamb, buddy.


Doug said...

Okay-I admit it-even some of the saved can do some dumb things, say some stupid stuff which feeds into the misperception that we are ignurant.
Saw on reddit today that some Christians claim that the end of the world will be starting in May of this year-May 21 2011. Here's the link:

Sorry guys-the end of the world was set into motion when Eve bit into that fruit.
The guy with the inside dope this time in Harold Camping. He's been wrong before, and if I still lived in Vegas, I would make book on him being wrong again.
One of Camping camp followers is quoted in the article as saying, "If May 21 passes and I'm still here, that means I wasn't saved. Does that mean God's word is inaccurate or untrue? Not at all," Warden said."
Notice that she is not putting her faith in Jesus Christ, but in Harold Camping being right about Jesus Christ. What will she do on the 22nd of May when Camping is still hosting his radio show?
I can hear him now: "Friends and brethren, I had a comma in the wrong place-the code actually shows that the end of the world will be in 2012!"

Anonymous said...

Sorry, but your logic is faulty. That sentence says -- and actually, logically, implies -- absolutely nothing about stupid people. For example: you could say that stupid people ALSO do not need the promise of heaven to see the merit in good deeds. That would not in any way negate the truth of the first statement. They are not mutually exclusive.

So chill out, and stop seeing insults where none exist.

Doug said...

Anon, you're wrong. My logic is fine.


Anonymous said...


Pres. Lincoln stated: "I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man." But several Bible verses are embarrassing to Pres. Obama:
Proverbs 19:10 (NIV): "It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury - how much worse for a slave to rule over princes!"
Also Proverbs 30:22 (NIV) which says that the earth cannot bear up under "a servant who becomes king."
And Ecclesiastes 5:2-3 (KJV) advises: "let thy words be few...a fool's voice is known by multitude of words."
Although Obama is not descended from slaves, he may feel that he's destined to become a black-slavery avenger.
Or maybe an enslaver of all free citizens!
For some stunning info on Pres. Obama and his fellow subversives, Google "Michelle Obama's Allah-day," "Obama Supports Public Depravity," "David Letterman's Hate Etc.," "Un-Americans Fight Franklin Graham" and also "Sandra Bernhard, Larry David, Kathy Griffin, Bill Maher, Sarah Silverman."
PS - Since Christians are commanded to ask God to send severe judgment on persons who commit and support the worst forms of evil (see I Cor. 5 and note "taken away"), Christians everywhere should constantly pray that the Lord will soon "take away" or at least overthrow all US leaders, including Obama, who continue to sear their conscience and arrogantly trample the God-given rights of the majority including the rights of the unborn. Do we need a second American Revolution?
(Theologically radioactive Harold Camping prophesied that Christ would return during Sep. 1994. Undaunted, con man Camping now predicts it will occur in May of 2011. Since Deut. 18:20-22 requires the death penalty for false prophets, Camping and his deluded groupies deserve inclusion in the above "take away" prayers. False prophets in the OT were stoned to death. Today they are just stoned!)
PPS - For a rare look at the 180-year-old, imported-from-British-crazies endtime escapist belief which has long neutralized millions by promising them an "imminent rapture" off earth - which has diverted them away from being prepared to stand against all enemies, domestic as well as foreign - Google "Pretrib Rapture Dishonesty" and "Pretrib Rapture - Hidden Facts."

(I saw the web-bit above. Tina)

Doug said...

I'm sorry, anon/Tina-could you repeat that? Allofasuddenitseems that you are teetering on incomprehensibility.
Or, better yet...don't repeat.
I'm off to buy Oak.

Lucia said...

This one has had me thinking for a while, very slowly, hence the belated comment. (Hi, Doug! Just when you thought it was safe...) I'll venture to agree with you on three things (mark your calendar): there's a definite whiff of condescension here, Christian doctrine doesn't base the promise of Heaven on good deeds alone, and it's wrong to write on a wall without the owner's permission.

Yet I understand where the sentiment is coming from. Nonbelievers get very tired of hearing and reading that we have no rules, or, if we do, we can change or ignore them any time we want since we don't recognize any higher authority. Yet we do: the Golden Rule, which is the first moral teaching we all learn, and which has been around in some form since at least 500 BC. When a three-year-old grabs her friend's toy, does her mother say, "Don't do that or you'll go to Hell"? No, she says, "if you want your friends to share their toys with you, you have to share yours with them," or maybe, "you wouldn't like it if your friend took your toy, would you?" Very small children understand this, it's a matter not so much of teaching as of reminding them, because we're all hard-wired for empathy. (A small number of people are missing this wiring; we call them antisocial personalities, we fear them with good reason, and no amount of teaching or preaching seems able to make them whole.) It's not a matter of how smart or stupid we are, nor is it simply quid pro quo: it's the wellspring of love, compassion, conscience. Any person of good will — anyone with functional empathy — can see the merit of good deeds.

You once wrote that, having been saved, you could sit on your couch for the rest of your life and still go to Heaven; you were prodded off it by the indwelling Holy Spirit. This makes it sound as though, left to your own devices, you wouldn't bother (although I don't believe this is true: what you call the indwelling Holy Spirit sounds to me like what I call conscience).

So, for a Christian, is there any merit in good deeds? Is there any merit in anything that doesn't get a person into Heaven?

Rowan said...
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Rowan said...

You're interpretation of this graffiti is entirely based on a twisting of the words. It does not, in fact, say anything about being stupid but rather what marks intelligence.

The writer is trying to say that an intelligent person (of faith or not) can see that even without God's promise of Heaven for those who are saved, it is worth living a life of kindness and compassion. Jesus's primary message to humanity was about how we should treat each other with dignity. The Lord did not send His only son to us only to have Him save us through His torture and death but also through His Holy message of love.
"My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you." John 15:9

I believe the idea the graffiti "artist" was trying to convey is that our love for each other is important and it doesn't necessarily take the promise of eternal life beside the throne praising Him to know that we should behave well. Even for people who do not read the Word or believe in it, they know in their bones that it is right to do good-- Heaven or no. So the writer is reminding us (people of faith, most of all) that it is not for fame or fortune or Heaven that we treat one another with respect. It is to make the world a worthwhile place to be.

Legionario Cruel said...

This sentence simply implies that being and acting good should be a natural thing among rational people, and not only the result of being afraid of eternal punishment.