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Wednesday, January 09, 2019

I Wish This Was A Joke

Robert Jeffress makes about as much sense as Donald Trump:

“The Bible says even Heaven itself is gonna have a wall around it,” Jeffress said on the show. “Not everybody is going to be allowed in. So if walls are immoral, then God is immoral.”

There's an old joke about this (by now, all my jokes are old). This guy dies and goes to heaven, where St. Peter welcomes him and takes him on a tour. Everything is more beautiful than he ever imagined; people from all races and places and times, mingling and sharing and laughing. St. Peter speaks in a loud, clear voice, explaining everything, until he comes to a high wall that he all but tiptoes past, not speaking above a whisper.

When they are well away from the wall and St. Peter has resumed speaking in a normal voice,  the man says: "What was that wall back there, and why were you so quiet?"

"Oh, that's the Baptists," the saint explains. "They think they're the only ones here."

Well, it's better than Jeffress' story.


Blogger The Thought Criminal said...

Back during the Second Vatican Council I heard a priest tell the same story, only it was Catholics inside.

I don't think Christians do enough condemnation of heresy because there's a hell of a lot of it about.

7:08 AM  
Blogger Rmj said...

Yeah, the joke is really "insert Christian denomination here" friendly. Given Isaiah's vision of the mountain to which all the nations are called, the exclusionary visions of heaven (which Jeffress even says is supported by the Bible, where heaven is described as having a wall; must not be in my translations) is extremely odd. And un-Biblical, to boot.

7:50 AM  

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