It's true, it happened to a friend of a friend of mine...

No Bones About It.

, posted: 14-Jun-2008 08:25

Now, I was talking to a christian friend of mine, who is a sometimes Pastor, too.  I mentioned some of the 'rubbish' I have heard from the Pulpit.  Or wherever these sensitive new age pastors deem to stand. 

Like, for instance, the answer to the question 'Where (or what) do you go (do) when you go down'.  The answer, from the former head of the aussie church we went to, and now worldwide head, was 'I go down.'

Now that's not a very good answer for someone who is suffering from depression who is desperately needing answers and is looking at me who suffers also.

What can I say?  My answer is sometimes I don't understand it myself, but I cling to God in the knowledge that He loves me, and I do a lot of praying, a lot of talking to Him.  I also talk to myself, and say things like I am going to get through this, I am going to make it to heaven because my God is a loving God and full of grace, and He sent His Son to die for me...

I am just telling you this as an example.  Stupid answers do not help desperate people, no matter how funny they are in church.

So, anyway, my friend tells me 'We have to spit the bones out when we are being fed.'

You don't give bones to babies, they can choke on them and die. 

Besides, I do not know where in the Bible the Word of God is referred to as 'Bones'.

Milk and Meat.  1 Peter 2:2  As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:
Hebrews 5:12  For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which [be] the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.

No bones.  Now if I heard a pastor start saying in church that you had to spit out the bones I would ask him right there and then did he mean accidental or on purpose bones!  If the answer was accidental I would suggest he might like to go back to school - that's why they have bible colleges, you know.  And if it was an on purpose set of bones I would suggest he might just like just go.  Full stop.

It's sort of like me going to a restaurant and being given a bowl full of bones.  I don't think I'd be very happy aobut it.

Mind you, there isn't the 'quality vs quantity' debate you sometimes get when discussing working mothers as against stay-at-homes. 

God Himself sets the quality. 

And it's all good.

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Linda George
New Zealand

Five Children*, Three Cats*,
One Husband, One of Me.
(Oddly enough...)
A few Aussie Accents,
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Several ANZACS.
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