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Topic: The Game of Life (09/11/08)
TITLE: Rules of the Game
By Gerald Shuler
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Because the game has such dire consequences, the rules are carefully presented below. Please, don’t read them lightly. Without a clear understanding of the Rules of the Game, you don’t stand a chance of surviving, let alone winning. But always remember… The Game of Life has been fashioned with your victory clearly in mind.
God (Player #1) must always tell the truth. (KJV) 2Ti 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Lucifer (Player #2) always lies. (KJV) Joh 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
You (the playing piece) will always have the choice to do either what God suggests, or what Lucifer suggests. (KJV) Jas 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
How the Game of Life is played: (Read carefully… your success depends on understanding this section.)
Each and every play is initiated with only one goal in mind: to see which “voice” the playing piece (you) will respond to through action. Points are awarded to either God or Lucifer, depending on who you believe.
A sample play would go somewhat like this:
in your daughter’s Game of Life (yes, other people’s game will always overlap and affect your own Game) Lucifer has suggested yielding to her boyfriend in a way that would destroy her testimony as a Christian. God suggests that she talk to you about what she has been going through. Now, in your own Game, Lucifer tells you that she has probably already gone too far with her boyfriend and you should force them to break up. God tells you to be gentle with your daughter and trust her moral upbringing. How you respond could result in your daughter either screaming that you have no right to interfere in her life, or crying tears of joy because she wants to be as Godly as you. Not only are there multiple points involved, but your entire future relationship with your daughter is at stake.
In playing The Game of Life the simplest strategy is to remember that God always tells the truth and Satan always lies. The longer you play the game the easier it becomes to recognize truth from lie. More experienced players are often surprised by the silly choices made by others. They forget that, even at their own level of play, stupid choices can still be made. There is a remedy for the bad choices that will inevitably be made, however. There is a blood-red free spot at the center of the game that is marked by a cross. If you see that you have goofed in your choices and listened to the liar, just get to the cross. Once there, all bad moves will be eradicated and all points awarded to Lucifer will be removed.
In fact, getting to the cross early in the game is the best move you could possibly make. It is at the cross where you are guaranteed to win the Game of Life. Nobody is ever denied access to the freedom of the Cross and it can be instantly reached no matter where you are in the Game.
Which leaves only one other thing to ponder about The Game of Life:
Since Satan always lies, God always tells the truth, and the Cross is always available… you are free to choose in every situation.
So, why are there so many people losing at this game?
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