GOOD NEWS FOR LAZY
(Investigator 115, 2007 July)
When the doorbell
rings at a busy time, but not too busy, and the caller turns out to be
a Jehovah’s Witness, or a Mormon – or
maybe, in the imminent future, a Muslim – "carrying out
God’s work", one might be reluctant to decline the opportunity for
‘talking some sense’ to the caller, although not really ‘in gear’ to
search the bookcase and desk for books and notes accumulated over many
Recently, I made a
marvelous discovery on Google! – and have already put it
Picture the scene.
It’s a Sunday
morning, "bbbringggg" goes the doorbell. At the door are
two elderly regulars, from the nearby Kingdom Hall.
"Come in", I say, and put in motion the tea making process.
As is usual, a
sister wants to read me a verse from her Bible. I say OK, "but I’d like
to follow the text you are reading in the King James version" …
adding that "being lazy, I have the full King James text on the
computer; so quick and easy to turn up any Bible reference in this way".
My guests are
sitting just a few feet away and don’t actually see the screen, but are
clearly stunned at the speed with which I read them the specified text
from the screen.
What they haven’t
realized, however, is that I’ve logged into The Skeptics
Annotated Bible, which not only offers the KJ translation, but
in the column alongside each verse are references to other
Bible texts saying something rather different.
On the first
occasion I followed this tactic, the result impressed my guests, who
"God cannot lie" I
had been assured, and before the sister had finished reading the
verse to me, I had "off the top of my head" referred them to Ezekiel
14:9, 2 Thessalonians 2:11 and four other quotes, all
giving examples of a mendacious God.
The same Skeptic
site offers the same service (and many other ‘services’!) for
the Quran and the Book of Mormon!
The link is
"ongoing"; any browsers with information to offer are warmly welcomed!