Who was the General for the South in the Civil War?
1. George Patton
2. Ulyses S. Grant
3. Betsy Ross
4. Robert E. Lee
I learned much from much reading. And, I value that. But, my experience with the Bible was just the opposite. I found that while I could read the entire Bible through and through easily, and did many times, I could never read this one book enough. Unlike the fiction and non-fiction books, I wanted to read it again and again. I discovered that it is not only the "Good Book," but it is the best book yet read by mankind. And, the only book I would care more to read is the Book of Life in Heaven, where I hope to find my name written.
There are stark differences between fiction and non-fiction. The biggest difference is in time. Non-fiction takes place either in the past, the present, or the future. Fiction takes place only in the imagination, or you could say never, in terms of real time. The Bible is often referred to as literature, and though it is well written, it goes beyond the realm of literature in that it is historical, modern, and futuristic all at once. It centers around one penultimate series of events, the events before, during, and after the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus the Christ, who died over two thousand years ago to restore man to God. The Bible begins with Creation, and ends with the return of our world to the place that God ultimately created it to be... when all things are made new. So, the Bible is a Guide book, or answer book for this life.
My interest in Music is one-sided... and that side is the message. I enjoy the rhythm and cadence of the blues, soul, R&B, some rock, some classical, old hymns and Spirituals, but mostly Contemporary Christian and Worship music. So, why do I say my interest is one-sided when I like some genres that are very different? It's because I like music for the message side... the lyrics, the words. And that, of course, explains why I jumped from books to music, just in case you hurt yourself when we made that leap :))) I like music that speaks of life, love, hope, passion, dreams, God, Heaven, Hell, and my place in each of them. Yes, these are all places, and I have a place in life, love, hope, passion, dreams, God, Heaven, and even in Hell. I've never been one to think about Hell very much, in the same way I don't think about death or hate much. I think about life, and love, and Heaven quite a bit. I am a Christian because of Heaven and who I will find there. I never fear Hell because I know it is not on my itinerary. So, I never talk about it much, until lately it seems to come up everywhere I read. And, in almost every instance, it is the subject of disbelief and scorn. Well, you know, I believe in Heaven and Hell. You can't have Heaven without Hell. My reservation in Hell was canceled when I gave my soul to God. Yes, that was where I was headed, as we all are if we don't change our hearts, and our ways. So, I have, or had a place in Hell.
There is a message for each of us in God's Word. We all have questions. I gave a question above from History. This question was on the chapter quiz during the unit on the Civil War in the years I taught Fifth Grade Social Studies. And, since I loved history, I was irked by the fact that most kids seemed to dislike history, and most of them could not answer this silly little question even halfway right. :) How can a multiple choice question like that with only one right answer be "halfway" right, you ask? It could be halfway right if you picked a halfway plausible answer, in the realm of realistic non-fiction.
So, I spent some time at the beginning of each year with that question, modeling for my students how you would narrow down the choices based on which answers are absurd, and which are plausible. The answer 'Betsy Ross' was a woman's name, of course and totally impossible, since women did not go into battle in history. That is an absurd answer choice for American History. Then there are the names of three men left. One of those is totally unfamiliar to most, if not all, Fifth Graders during the unit on the Civil War. That would be Patton, because we've not yet arrived in the 20th Century or the World Wars. So, we can leave this unknown name out of the choices. Now, we only have two names left: Grant and Lee. Both of these choices are plausible theoretically, since they were both soldiers, had their photos taken with weapons of war, and are dead old white guys... the subject of most history lessons. Not only that, but most of the Fifth Graders have heard those names mentioned in class repeatedly. So, if the teacher has been droning on and on about Grant and Lee, they are both reasonable choices. To choose Betsy Ross would just make the teacher cry at night grading the test papers. :))) But, wrong answers are not always funny.
If tomorrow is Judgement Day
As the years they pass us by
'Cause your love is my love
Besides the God Q, we see that Whitney asked some other important questions: the meaning of life, war, homelessness, poverty, fame & fortune, slavery (the Amistad was a slave ship with the spanish name meaning 'friendship') , youth & age, eternity, love, single parenting, and family. Whitney Houston was pondering the meaning of all these issues in this one song. She came to the answer that she would point to the fact that she was a good mother to her daughter in answer to God's questions about how she dealt with all these issues and how she lived her life.
And here I cry. I weep for her wrong answer. I ask myself how many of the circumstances of my life really answer the big questions. The fact is, whether good or bad, circumstances can not change eternity. In sickness or health, in ability or disability, in education or ignorance, in love or alone, in wealth or poverty, in our own homes, nursing homes or homeless, childless or single parenting or grand-parenting; in all these circumstances God is the Giant stooping to take the grain of sand from my palm, or replace it with another of his choosing when He answers my prayer.
Then said Pilate to the chief priests and to the people, I find no fault in this man. Luke 23:4