One of the things that truly bugs me about religion is when many of their followers go around handing out little booklets on why their religion is so awesome and how I definitely should convert to their beliefs. So, last week, while I was at work, a man was going around passing around some Christianity booklets. If you don't really know me, I really hate religion, especially Christianity. A lot of the time, I like to humor myself by accepting the booklets from these religious nuts and giving them a nice little read. This particular booklet made me laugh because it's so ridiculous and I just couldn't throw this one away; I will keep it around to remind myself how laughable religion is. I will share the story in the booklet with you:



"Here's your medicine--the instructions for taking it are on the package," said the doctor.

Fred was relieved, knowing that soon he would begin to feel better. "When should I start taking it?" he asked.

Doc grinned and said: "You look pretty good yet. You can wait for a month until you feel much worse."

"What!" said Fred: "Why should I go on being sick for a month? Wait until I feel worse?! I could be dead in a month!"

"Well, OK, how about starting it a week from now?" suggested Doc.

"Hold on a minute!" said Fred. "If this is the medicine I need, why should I wait at all? I want to feel better now! Can I take it now?"

Doc chuckled. "Certainly, begin taking it today. I'm glad to see you know how silly it is to put off taking the proper medicine."

"But Fed, tell me something. Aren't you being just as silly when you put off taking the medicine God has provided for you?"

Doc continued: "You listened when I told you about the need for salvation, but you have always postponed taking the remedy. For years you have turned away from the Lord Jesus--you keep saying, 'I'm not ready yet' or 'someday'. God doesn't give you unlimited time Fred."

"Listen to what the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 6:2: 'Now is the accepted time, now is the day of salvation.' And Fred, don't you want to start really living the way God planned for you?"

Fred listened. When he got home he opened his Bible to the book of John, read the familiar story of salvation once again, and bowed his head and said: "Lord Jesus, I am sorry that I have tried to live so long without you. Thank you for entering our world of suffering and taking my place on the cross to make me right with God. Help me to live from now on for you. Amen."

When he finished praying, he got up and took his medicine.




This particular booklet bothers me in so many ways, but I want to hear what you guys think. Do you have thoughts on this ludicrous story? How about a booklet story of your own passed around by the religious zealots of our society? I really want to hear what you guys think.

Peace,

C.L. Winston

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I think if my doctor was preaching at me, I'd find a new doctor. >.> And it really is an odd comparison. Treating an illness with medications versus treating imaginary sins with worship.

"Here's your medicine--the instructions for taking it are on the package," said the doctor.
Fred was relieved, knowing that soon he would begin to feel better. "When should I start taking it?" he asked.
Doc grinned and said: "You look pretty good yet. You can wait for a month until you feel much worse."
"What!" said Fred: "Why should I go on being sick for a month? Wait until I feel worse?! I could be dead in a month!"
"Well, OK, how about starting it a week from now?" suggested Doc.
"Hold on a minute!" said Fred. "If this is the medicine I need, why should I wait at all? I want to feel better now! Can I take it now?"
Doc chuckled. "Certainly, begin taking it today. I'm glad to see you know how silly it is to put off taking the proper medicine."

 

So Fred took the medicine, and it gradually made him worse. Fred nearly died. Then he found out that his doctor was unqualified, and knew very little about illness or medicine. The doc. had got by because his patients had had minor illnesses, and the medicines he had given them had not harmed them. So they had got better despite the medicines.

 

Fred said: 'I pity the poor suckers who listened that guy, but I'm avoiding him from now on. I was fooled by that quack and not I'm taking any of that SH*T medicine again".

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Just a little twist to the story puts a whole new spin on it. The best moral here is: 'don't get sucked in by simplistic allegories'.

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