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Topic: Pros and Cons (08/14/14)
- TITLE: The Whiskey Barrel Debate
By Phillip Cimei
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The old whiskey barrel, on the front porch of Mack's Grocery Store, flanked by two oak chairs with their sagging, tattered wicker seats had witnessed a lot. Its rusted slackened bands, weathered and cracked oak slats, and faded checker board was not filled with the devil's juice anymore, but with a century of heated discussions, seething arguments, and spirited debates. Social, political, and religious issues of the day spawned the pros and cons--especially ones that stepped on religion's toes.
“Hey you old goat! You're late. I thought surely you had died in the night as old and rotten to the core as you are, “ said Ralph as he spit a brown liquid dead on into the spittoon. He could blind a fly from ten feet.
“The reason I'm late is I spent half the morning praying for your lost soul,” George countered as they both gave each other a push on the shoulder.”
“Oh, so you want to talk religion? Ralph hesitantly asked knowing George took every opportunity afforded him to open the door to Ralph's procrastinating ways. “Did you see that advertisement for the new movie Noah?”
“No, why?” George positioned his bible on his lap.
“Well, It made me think. Did God make a mistake when he made man?” asked Ralph hoping once and for all to silence this fanatical zealot who is on a mission from God to save his soul.
“No way does God make mistakes.”
The debate was on; you could almost hear the whiskey barrel sigh.
“Doesn't your bible say that before the great flood God repented that he made man?” Ralph asked as he snatched George's bible and waved it in his face.
“Go ahead, I will be praying for you while you hang yourself,” countered George hoping to turn this around to, why God made him.
Ralph dawned a silly smirk as he continued, “God had angels in heaven. Why create an inferior being? Your bible says He created man a little lower than the angels. Why? Why not a little greater than the angels? Why waste His time, six days as you claim, when He has heaven with its glory and His angels with their devoted service. No, He creates man who turns into a violent beast that kills, tortures and bows down to other gods. Read today's newspapers. Man is as bad today as he was in Noah's day. God made a mistake.”
You could almost hear that whiskey barrel snicker. George was coiled and ready to strike and sink his fangs, filled the the venom of the Holy Spirit, into the heart of his opponent.
“God did create angels; they had and have free will just like you and me. One of them thought he could perform a takeover of God's throne. God cast him out of heaven with his followers. He created a wonderful plan to show Satan that He was God. He cast the devil and his angels out to show them that He could create those that will worship Him, honor Him, adore Him and love Him, as Satan and his followers couldn't. Did God know that this creation of His, man, would bow down to Satan? Of course, that was in the plan. Yes, man would be deceived by this rebel and outcast, but not all of man. Not in the end. God's plan was superior to Satan's. His plan would work, as opposed to Satan's which caused him to be cast out of heaven.
Yes there is evil, and yes there are those that worship the devil and his heinous ways. One day Satan will bow down to God, and to His Son, Jesus, who will conquer this enemy and his friend, death. One day he will be cast into the lake of fire prepared for him and his followers. The real question, Ralph, is, When will YOU believe and who will YOU follow?
Before George could put the conversion nail into Ralph's pro argument coffin, Ralph was dead. But the debating continued for Ralph, “I can go back and warn others; I'll take the other position, I promise. You don't make mistakes.”
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