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Infliction of Conviction?

Discussion in '2004 Archive' started by Precepts, Jan 22, 2004.

  1. Precepts

    Precepts New Member

    Dec 27, 2003
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    Dart Test...

    A young lady named Sally, relates an experience she had in a seminary class, given by her teacher, Dr. Smith. She says that Dr. Smith was known for his elaborate object lessons.

    One particular day, Sally walked into the seminary and knew they were in for a fun day.

    On the wall was a big target and on a nearby table were many darts. Dr. Smith told the students to draw a picture of someone that they disliked or someone who had made them angry, and he would allow them to throw darts at the person's picture.

    Sally's friend drew a picture of who had stolen her boyfriend. Another friend drew a picture of his little brother. Sally drew a picture of a former friend, putting a great deal of detail into her drawing, even drawing pimples on the face. Sally was pleased with the overall effect she had achieved.

    The class lined up and began throwing darts. Some of the students threw their darts with such force that their targets were ripping apart. Sally looked forward to her turn, and was filled with disappointment when Dr. Smith, because of time limits, asked the students to return to their seats. As Sally sat thinking about how angry she was because she didn't have a chance to throw any darts at her target. Dr. Smith began removing the target from the wall.

    Underneath the target was a picture of Jesus. A hush fell over the room as each student viewed the mangled picture of Jesus; holes and jagged marks covered His face and His eyes were pierced.

    Dr. Smith said only these words... "In as much as ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto Me."
    Matthew 25:40.

    No other words were necessary; the tears filled eyes of the students focused only on the picture of Christ.

    This is an easy test; you score100 or zero. It's your choice.

    If you aren't ashamed to do this, please follow the directions.

    Jesus said, "If you are ashamed of me, I will be ashamed of you, before My Father."

    Not ashamed ... pass this on.

    Ashamed ... delete it.

    Ever get these?

    I certainly get the message, but don't you get tired of people laying this type of guilt trip on you?

    Should you?

    Do you get prompted to send these as e-,ails to relieve guilt?

    Should You?

    Do you just feel provoked?

    Shouldn't you?
  2. Artimaeus

    Artimaeus Active Member

    Nov 30, 2002
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    I like the object lesson and may use it sometime but the attempted guilt trip we get from these emails have absolutely no effect on me at all. I don't forward ANYTHING.
  3. Dr. Bob

    Dr. Bob Administrator

    Jun 30, 2000
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    ANY message that uses the "Chain letter black mail" mentality (if you love Jesus, pass this on to 10 people . . . ) is immediately deleted by me.

    Cannot imagine living with that mentality.
  4. ScottEmerson

    ScottEmerson Active Member

    Jun 3, 2002
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    Back in 1996, with the proliferation of the internet and e-mail, I got a chain letter that said that if I forwarded it to 4 people, I would be able to eliminate all guilt, bad luck, bad karma, and what have you, as well as receiving all the good blessings, fortune, and karma of ANY future chain e-mail I would ever receive. I did it, so my conscience is completely clear. I click the delete key with no problems.

    (Oh, and I don't believe any of that mess, but it got me out of having to worry about it.)
  5. rsr

    rsr <b> 7,000 posts club</b>

    Dec 11, 2001
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    Nice illustration.

    But I don't respond well to spiritual guilt-laying on such feeble grounds ... especially from people who call themselves Christians.

    In the interest of full disclosure, I never honked when I saw a "Honk if You Love Jesus" bumper sticker. Might as well say "Belch if You Love Jesus." Hardly a true test of faith.
  6. Helen

    Helen <img src =/Helen2.gif>

    Aug 29, 2001
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    I don't pass on the emails, and we certainly get enough of them!

    Nevertheless, I read some, and appreciate the reminder in the one posted above. It's easy to get trapped into wanting to hurt someone because of something they did to you. It's good to be reminded, every once in awhile, of just who is getting hurt.

    The only point about the object lesson above that was missing is that the person throwing the darts was also damaging himself.
  7. RaptureReady

    RaptureReady New Member

    Sep 17, 2002
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    I too do not forward this emails. Another mail problem is in the "old" mailbox. I received a envelope in the mail yesterday from St. Matthews church. It had a print out of a piece of carpet with Jesus' face in the center. The letter said to look into Jesus' eyes, which were closed, and continue to star and pray and watch Jesus look back at you. I tried this stupid act and behold, the eyes of Jesus looked at me. [​IMG] This was obviously some sort of 3D art or something like that.

    The letter also said to place the piece of carpet on the ground and place your knees on it and pray. After this, fold the piece of carpet back up and send it to another person and watch the blessings pour in. [​IMG] [​IMG] What a joke.

    BTW, it had testimonials of people who have done this and one of the people received almost $50,000 in a couple of days. [​IMG] [​IMG]