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Consider the possibility of human-caused climate change with serious consequences.

Consider the possibility of the return of Jesus Christ.

There’s evidence for both. The evidence isn’t of the single proof-point variety. It’s in patterns in the past, and in predictions, and prophecies. It takes an open mind to see it, and a courageous mind to consider the implications for very long.

Overstatements and failed predictions by true believers have emboldened and hardened the scoffers. The more level-headed believers admit they don’t know exactly how it will play out, and that has emboldened and hardened the scoffers, too.

By the time the evidence is sufficient for the scoffers, it will probably be too late.

What used to be the focus of our lives, even as believers, will no longer matter.

One of my friends posted a very interesting analogy in their status on Facebook—that if the US Government were a family, it would have an income of $58,000 a year, spend $75,000 a year, and have $325,000 debt. And it just made what it thought were really painful spending cuts of $3000, to $72,000 a year.

As usual, I thought, “It’s not that simple,” and wrote this little parable.

THE FAMILY FUND

It’s not that simple.

Imagine that we’re the family, and that the government is like this family fund that we each put money into and the family spends out of, based on what gets decided at family meetings.

Some of it goes to maintain the house, but most of it goes to give poorer family members a helping hand, and the next biggest chunk goes into fighting other families in the neighborhood. Oh, and more and more of it goes to interest on loans.

Our family’s been aging, so more of us would otherwise be poor, so we’re paying more out of the family fund to help them. And we’ve really gotten into it with the neighbors, so that’s costing more too.

Our family’s been changing in other ways too. (more…)

Path

Posted: 2011/01/26 in Metaphors
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Why do I say “path of love?”

The Bible often uses “path” as a metaphor for the course of life. Different people are on different paths.

Paths have different destinations. Jesus spoke of a broad path that leads to destruction and a narrow path that leads to life.

“Path” implies that others have gone before.

“Path” suggests travel. We leave the very familiar behind and we encounter new and sometimes unexpected things when we travel.

The “Path of Love” has all these. Not everyone is on it. It goes to a different destination than other paths. It’s possible to stray off of it, and get back on it. Others have gone before. There will be surprises.