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Discussion in 'Free-For-All Archives' started by Jude, May 28, 2002.
to see which Christian personage is the most admired...
Better than an hour, we'll have eternity with them.
On the list, I chose St. Augustine.
I'd also like to join C.S. Lewis and G.K. Chesterton for their afternoon pint at the pub where they were known to meet with friends to discuss the events of the day.
Most of all, though I can't wait to meet Charles Spurgeon and D.L. Moody.
I like the point that Smoke_Eater made... we'll have eternity with them... to get to know them and to fellowship with them.
From the names given in the poll, I think I'd most like to spend an hour with Paul... that would be great!!!
[ May 28, 2002, 10:17 PM: Message edited by: dp ]
I choose Paul, think of what we could learn. And to hesar his stories of serving God.
Isn't it cool, we're going to spend eternity with them, we'll hear those stories. These are not just people of another time( or just unreachable no matter what time they live/lived), but people we're going to meet.
I would choose Jonah. And my second hour would be John the Baptist. But Jonah fascinates me. I wish I could talk with him now.
Also, I would ask Elvis Presly how he felt about his life on earth, if it could have been better spent.
I chose Mary,the Mother of Jesus, just because she and I are both women and mothers, and I think we could really connect! But of course I'd like to talk with Peter and Paul as well...they are giants. But as Smoke-Eater said, we WILL have eternity with them.
I would like to meet CHARLES Wesley. He wrote the words to my favorite hymn, "And Can it Be?", and my favorite Christmas song,"Hark the Herald Angels Sing." I know he must have been a creative,comtemplative and fascinating soul to pen such lyrics.
I can imagine having dinner with Mr. and Mrs. Spurgeon, too. I think they would be gracious and charming. Also, like Smoke-Eater, I would love to spend some time with C.S. Lewis. He possessed two of my favorite combinations in a person: brilliant and humorous.
I listed Peter, but it's really a tie between him and Martin Luther.
Let me cast a vote for the outstanding puritan Robert Murray McCheyne. Burned himself out for God by the age of 29. Used mightily of God. Influenced the ministries of countless giants in the faith.
it was a hard pick between Rich Mullins and Mother Teresa. They both both outstanding human beings with quite intellectual minds.
I wuld love to spend time with Bill and Gloria Gaither, or even Mark Lowry himself. The thoughts that must be going on through that mind.
In Christ's gracious love,
I fell off my chair re your last choice, Mr. Curtis, sir.
Do you mean you think Elvis is one of God's saints ? Wow, that'll be neat. My wife is a big Elvis fan (strictly gospel songs and slow songs only, though).
I chose Paul because you didn't have John The Revelator... Since my favorite book of the Bible is Revelation what choice is there!... To see and understand the prophecies John saw! As I listen to John and stand in awesome wonder of the message, he will constantly be telling me to close my mouth... Brother Glen
[ May 29, 2002, 06:06 PM: Message edited by: tyndale1946 ]
I chose Mary the Mother of Jesus also. I don't really want to ask questions. I just want to be in her presence to feel a bit of the peace that she must have felt knowing that through her son, death had been conqured. Through her son, salvation was available to the whole world. Because of her son angels spoke to her and reassured her. She bore the suffering of watching her first born die on the cross, but she must have felt great joy as he was risin and fulfilled the scripture.
I guess I missed where it could only be saints...
I definately believe Elvis was saved. Backslidden, but saved. I really would like to hear his reflections on how he spent his time down here.
Is it possible to backslide much further than one ever climbed forward as a [supposed] Christian? That may or may not be a reasonable gauge for knowing whether someone was saved or not, but it appears to be the case with Elvis, as well as many others. He is perhaps the best example of being in the right place at the right time with the right qualities and, above all, the right perception about him, to become rich and famous. He was not greatly talented; he was just a perfect fit for something happening in the country and in the entertainment industry. To know his reflections now about "how he spent his time" would be fascinating.
If you tour Graceland, they show you the piano in the parlor he is supposed to have played when nothing else was going on, and they claim he would go through an eclectic assortment of songs, but would always end up playing hymns and gospel music. There is no way of knowng if that is true, but most sources do indicate gospel music-- especially the type heard in black churches-- had much to do with his developing the style that made him so many millions. But regardless of his eternal destiny-- which is no issue for anyone now, since it cannot be changed-- knowing what he thinks about his earthly life would probably be more interesting than hearing from Luther or Calvin, maybe even from Peter or Paul.
In complete agreement. Parents in the '50s didn't like their daughters listening to Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, and other black artists. They didn't like Elvis, but at least he was white. I think that fact alone is why he skyrocketed.
I have a collection of Elvis' gospel singing on vinyl, am looking for it on CD.
I voted for Peter, just now. I sure would like to know how he spent the rest of his time on earth before his martyrdom and if he would do it all over again.
And, Mr. Curtis, I guess you're right, it didn't have to be just saints, seeing as I don't know how one would call Mother Teresa a saint in the scriptural sense since she preached good works, I guess, and not Christ crucified, although, if works will be a criteria, I guess she is "it" in this age of ours. She put her money where her mouth is, so to speak.
But I do not wish to start an argument with her admirers, though.
As for Elvis, yeah, I guess, if you look at his pre-Rock and Roll background you might say he was a child of the King first.
I don't wish to ruffle feathers, on this thread, so I will leave my thoughts on Mother Theresa to myself. If we wanted to start another thread, I would chime in. But I wouldn't make many friends doing it.
I liked when Elvis was on the Ed Sullivan show the 2nd time, & him & the band put the guitars down & sang "Peace in the Valley". Nobody expected that.
[ May 30, 2002, 04:06 AM: Message edited by: Mr. Curtis ]
I would ditto Mother Teresa.
It was somewhat a tough call for me, trying to decide between Paul and Mary. I opted for Mary, figuring that she knew her Son all of His life, and could share so-many details that are not recorded in Scripture.
I'm not sure what to think of what I perceive to be Mother Teresa bashing. It seems to me that she fulfilled the promise of Jesus "when I was hungry, ye fed Me," more than many human beings on this planet have. If only more Christians would so-give their lives to Christ in this way, the world would be a much better place, and the Gospel of Christ would be embraced by so-many more.
I 'threw in' Athanasius, simply because of the great sacrifice he paid for orthdoxy...and he is one of the great 'saints' that I admire.
As for Rich Mullins, I really admired his life, and his lyric and melodies touched my heart. Hard to believe he's gone...
I know, everyone always wants more options than are listed. But I would like to give a write in choice for John-- the disciple whom Jesus loved--comfortor to Mary--exile of Patmos--an eyewitness to the Messiah who saw the birth and growth of the early Church and lived to a ripe old age. Man, the stories he could tell. Thanks for an interesting poll.