So it would appear that there are some brave volunteers who have ventured to my tainted facebook page to cast a vote on what section of the bible to go to next. Based on the results so far it would seem that this Matthew person is the most popular, so I decided to give the lad a shot. I started out looking for something in particular, but got lost in the whole number-colon-number business and somehow ended up here. But I can use this, I guess.
It basically tells the story of how Jesus Christ walks around performing his little magic tricks and basically everyone says..
Oh wow how did you do that?
And basically he says..
I’m the man.
And he takes his show from town to town like some sort of predate David Copperfield.
In the midst of all of this, he does deliver a speech that is mildly thought provoking. He gathers the crowd and tells them..
"Listen, and take this to heart. It's not what you swallow that pollutes your life, but what you vomit up." Matthew 15:10-11 (Message)
One of his entourage questions him, asking him to clarify a bit which he immediately gets chastised for. I don’t know why, I was thinking the exact same thing (quit talking in riddles Jesus speak your mind!).
He attempts to clarify by telling him that it doesn't matter what you eat or if you wash your hands it will all soon be defecated..
(Well, I’m not sure if I agree with that 100%. I had some pretty bad Chinese food once that I would consider polluted and let me tell you that story doesn't end very well at all)
..but what I think he is trying to say in his somewhat esoteric fashion is that words hurt. And they do. Whoever came up with the phrase “Sticks and stones..” clearly has never felt the full impact that words can have. Especially now, with the explosion of the social media where a single hurtful phrase can spread like wildfire. I read a pretty good post once by rach in her murrrmurings blog aptly entitled mark zuckerberg is the antichrist that exemplifies this fact pretty well. I think that sometimes we should take the time to consider how our words will affect someone before we dish them out. Or at least take the time to consider how we would feel if the situation were to be reversed.
I don’t play around with facebook too much, but I have so many other contaminates in my life that I am practically drowning in pollution. One of them was my family, which I had to sever from my life in its entirety like a malignant form of cancer. Like a band of cutthroat mercenaries they are always arguing, and fighting, and stealing from each other. I couldn’t even properly enjoy my New Year’s without thinking back to how on that very same day I was seared in the face with a lit cigar completely blindsided and unprovoked. Then had the nerve to tell me think of it as an “initiation”. Good riddens. I hope I never see any of them people again..ever. Oh wait, I’m supposed to forgive and love my family no matter what, right? Too bad, I’m fresh out. They are one of the main reasons why I have developed MAJOR trust issues. Why I wander the Earth in limbo like some soulless creature torn between life and death. And why I choose to do it alone.. but that is another story.
These are but a mere few of the demons that I battle on a daily basis..