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"Lover or Prostitute?” The Question that Changed My Life

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"Lover or Prostitute?” The Question that Changed My Life

 

A number of years ago, I had the privilege of teaching at a school of ministry. My students were hungry for God, and I was constantly searching for ways to challenge them to fall more in love with Jesus and to become voices for revival in the Church. I came across a quote attributed most often to Rev. Sam Pascoe. It is a short version of the history of Christianity, and it goes like this: Christianity started in Palestine as a fellowship; it moved to Greece and became a philosophy; it moved to Italy and became an institution; it moved to Europe and became a culture; it came to America and became an enterprise.

 

Some of the students were only 18 or 19 years old--barely out of diapers--and I wanted them to understand and appreciate the import of the last line, so I clarified it by adding, “An enterprise. That’s a business.” After a few moments Martha, the youngest student in the class, raised her hand. I could not imagine what her question might be. I thought the little vignette was self-explanatory, and that I had performed it brilliantly. Nevertheless, I acknowledged Martha’s raised hand, “Yes, Martha.” She asked such a simple question, “A business? But isn’t it supposed to be a body?” I could not envision where this line of questioning was going, and the only response I could think of was, “Yes.” She continued, “But when a body becomes a business, isn’t that a prostitute?”

 

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Unique train of thought.  One to truly contemplate.

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:unsure: I think she is right.... 

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I think you're right . . .

 

Lover or prostitute are two words used in the OT in describing Israel's wanderings from the Lord. (Others were used as well.)

 

Definitely something to think about.

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Great post, but I would like to point out that the Rev. Sam Pascoe was wrong on one account - Christianity never started in Palestine!

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Great post, but I would like to point out that the Rev. Sam Pascoe was wrong on one account - Christianity never started in Palestine!

 

Oops! Good catch. Yikes!

 

At least he got the rest right about knowledge vs. experience.

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