Wednesday, May 21, 2008
A Little Knowledge is a Very Dangerous Thing
I was surprised when I noticed the print on these waters in our hotel room in Spokane. I'm sure that it's good, clear water (though we preferred just to use the cheap kind), but still I think it's the ultimate example of extreme hype. Water for the soul? And you notice there's a price; water for the soul couldn't come free, there has to be a price, doesn't there? For just $2.00 per bottle, you can refresh your soul with cool clear water. Talk about taking out the big guns to sell a product!
Funny how unbelievers know just enough about the Bible to bandy around the wording in such a way that it misses the point entirely! Years ago we were up in a ski area north of Vancouver, BC, for a free weekend on the condition that we listened to a sales presentation. Gary is the ultimate nightmare at these events...he asks lots of questions. Not out of a desire to torment, as it would appear, but out of a sincere friendliness and love of conversation. The salesman is increasingly convinced he's got a big live one on the hook. He takes lots of time, goes into further detail, and gets friendlier and friendlier with us, happier and happier, until at last I say something to the effect that we really can't buy (when I can get the word in edgewise). Well, this time, one good reason I had was that the week that we went, it happened to be Gay Pride week there. I cut it short and told the man that I really couldn't see us buying a time share in an organization that sponsored such an event. He was incensed. He knew we had referred to faith, and said, "Gays are all right, it's in the Bible, isn't it? Haven't you ever heard of Sodom and Gomorrah?" I nodded. "That's where it talks about fire and brimstone." His eyes widened. He didn't have anything further to say. Of course, there was nothing more to say; how can you correct the judgment of God? A little knowledge is a very dangerous thing.
Isaiah 55:1-3 "Ho! Every one who thirsts, come to the waters; And you who have no money come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk Without money and without cost. Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And delight yourself in abundance. Incline your ear and come to Me! Listen, that you may live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you, according to the faithful mercies shown to David.