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Topic: Sizzle (05/02/13)
- TITLE: IT IS THE SIZZLE THAT WHETS YOUR APPETITE
By Ethel C Pechman
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Whosoever believes. That must mean me. Why is it necessary to believe in his son? There has to be something else. Just to believe in a person isn’t really an action. There has to be more to it than that.
Then we are told we will have everlasting life. What is that? How would my life be? Would my life be the same as it is now, for all eternity? I am not sure I would want that. I think I want something better. My life is not that great. It would take a lot of doing to make my life better.
We are told also that Jesus is the Word. How does that make sense? What word would he be? God? or God’s son? I also read that “In the beginning..." What beginning is being talked about? It really doesn’t tell you anything. It’s all sizzle.
Maybe God tells us more about this. I sure hope so. It is difficult to understand. There is no action, only words---Words? Yes, I did read that Jesus is the Word. But how can he be the “word?” Isn’t Jesus a person?
Something else I notice: There are men’s names at the beginning of every chapter?--- Book?--- Whatever. Right now I am looking at St. John. The paragraphs are numbered. The No. 3 paragraph says “all things were made by him: and without him was not anything made that was made.” This is just all sizzle. It is meaningless. Then it says In No.10: ”He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.”
Golly! This person must be important. But why did people not know him? Then farther down it says: ”He came unto his own, and his own received him not.” Who is his own? And why did they not receive him? What was he supposed to do to make them receive him?
Do you see what I mean? This is all sizzle. It really does not tell you anything. You cannot understand it the way it is written. I wonder if I can find somebody who can help me understand what the “sizzle” is all about.
It seems to me it is like frying a steak. You can hear the sizzle as it is frying, but you cannot taste it until it is done. But then, the sizzle is gone and you are eating the steak. U'mm , it is good. It is satisfying.
Maybe when I talk to someone who understands what St. John is all about, I can learn from someone who already understands. At least the sizzle has inspired me to look for answers.
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