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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Sunday School (10/25/07)

TITLE: I Bet You Wish You Lived In Vypeen
By Amanda D'costa
10/31/07


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Sunday School has made a lasting impression on my life. It might be that I was enlightened, or the fact that I was in Vypeen, I still debate the fact. I hear my son grumble, “Oh no, not again! I hate Sunday School.” I have to keep reminding him that it is for his own good and that he’ll understand this later in life. How bad could it be when I have been through it all? I’ve been there. I know what it is like. After all, one will never feel guilty of sin, attending Sunday School in Vypeen.

Sunday School Teacher l: This was around the time I was eleven years old, living on Vypeen Island, India. I imagine I was in the sixth grade then. A Cannossian Nun was given charge of the Catechism class for the English speaking batch, and to impress us she began… “My name is Sr. Myrtle. I will be taking Catechism class for you as I have just arrived from America. I was in a convent in the state of Pennsylvania, and it used to be mighty cold there. We had to wear woolen stockings especially when it was very cold, and we’d even wear woolen panties. I bet none of you have ever heard of that.”

No wonder the boys enjoyed her class!!!!

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Sunday School Teacher ll – I was thirteen years old, and it was time for us to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. This time a layperson took us through a series of classes on sin, what sin was, sins of omission, sins of commission, and the like. Now whether we committed a sin or not, or who commits a sin didn’t fit in because according to what follows below, I didn’t need the Ten Commandments. Read on.

The Ten Commandments

1. I am the Lord your God. You shall have no other God before me.
Explanation: This is for the Hindu’s and the Muslims. We do not need this. We are already Christians.

2. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain
Explanation: This is for them again, because when we say it I guess it’s because we’re praying out loud.

3. Honor the Sabbath day and keep it holy.
Explanation: All of us go to Church on Sunday, so we don’t really have to worry about this one. I guess it’s for those foreigners who don’t even attend church.

4. Honor your Father and Mother.
Explanation: Oh don’t worry about this one. Parents are always old fashioned, but when they get your point of view, they’ll understand and forgive you.

5. You shall not kill.
Explanation: Whoever kills! Only murderers and people at war do.

6. You shall not commit adultery.
Explanation: This does not pertain to us. It’s usually people in America or London who commit adultery.

7. You shall not steal.
Explanation: Stealing stuff is wrong, but I guess you could also borrow it without telling them. That should be alright that way.

8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
Explanation: How can we live if we can’t share our joys and sorrows with one another? Maybe in the Old Testament days, people were really bad. They needed this.

9. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.
Explanation: You see, it’s okay if you have a lot of girl friends. I guess that’s safe. Thank God they never said ‘You shall not covet your neighbor’s husband’.

10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.
Explanation: Now tell me, if we follow this literally, where’s the spirit of fun and competition. Surely God didn’t mean for us to live life without some enjoyment. So don’t worry about all this. In everything give praise and thanks to God.

All of us received the Sacrament of Confirmation that year.


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Christine Dunn11/02/07
The final statement shocked me - I didn't think this could really be true! Thanks for making us aware that it's important to teach kids the truth.
Allison Egley 11/03/07
Yikes! I'm with the first comment. How sad if this was really taught.

I would have expanded the first part a bit. Also, try putting the "Sunday School Teacher I:" part into sentence form. "The first Sunday School teacher..." and go from there.

Great story, and a good reminder to all.