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The Tale of Two Preachers ~ A Poem and Quotes

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On the Subject of Free Will

This poem discusses the subject of free will, and that people need to make their own decisions based on what their conscience says is right or wrong. Sometimes it is easy to be swayed by eloquent or charismatic speakers, but is what they say, always truthful or in the majority's best interest?

There are so many scammers and charlatans almost everywhere we look these days. On many occasions, it is hard to tell the truth from lies. Instead of trusting others, we have to rely on our common sense and intuition to discern what is right and wrong.

So far, about morals, I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.

— Ernest Hemingway, Death in the Afternoon

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The Tale of Two Preachers

There once were two preachers,
Or so it was said.
One taught from the Good Book,
And from it, he read.

The other was self-taught,
His church was a cult.
People hung on his words,
And that was their fault.

He said that his sermons
Came directly from God.
But his motives were selfish,
Not for the greater good.

The traditional preacher,
He taught right from wrong,
Used Jesus’ examples,
Sang psalms as church songs.

The cult leader taught lessons
That came from his dreams.
They were almost occult-ish,
Or that’s how they seemed.

He brainwashed his followers,
They called him, “Oh Lord!”
He took all their money -
Well, all they could afford.

You're hopeless, you religion scholars and Pharisees! Frauds! You keep meticulous account books, tithing on every nickel and dime you get, but on the meat of God's Law, things like fairness and compassion and commitment - the absolute basics! - you carelessly take it or leave it. Careful bookkeeping is commendable, but the basics are required.

— The Message Bible ~ Matthew 23:23

The other Pastor said, “Friends,
Just do what seems right.
Don’t be greedy or hurtful,
For equality, fight!

Be humble, and caring,
Don’t be know-it-alls.
Just because you aren’t boastful,
Does not make you small.”

The Cultist said, “Give -
To the ‘Church of Oh Lord.’
You will reap what you sow,
It’s a sin if you hoard.

Man can’t think for himself,
So do as I say!
If you follow my teaching
I’ll show you the way.

I am the Messiah!
I know what is right,
So, come follow me -
And you’ll see the light!”

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It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don't use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that's how freedom grows.

— The Message Bible ~ Galatians 5:13

The Pastor gave sermons
In things he believed,
But said to his followers,
“Do not be deceived.

Make up your own minds
On the best way to live.
Discern how you will -
The words that I give.

I don’t want your money;
That encourages greed.
Any excess you have
Give to others in need.”

He said, “You are welcome
To go where you want.
If you don’t think I’m truthful
You can try Oh Lord’s cult.”

So, the people weighed up
The thises and the thats.
It was like making a choice
Between their dogs and cats.

Anyone who wants to do his will can test this teaching and know whether it's from God or whether I'm making it up.

— The Message Bible ~ John 7:17

Some brave people chose
‘The Church of Oh Lord.’
They wanted excitement,
And had felt a bit bored.

Most, though, stayed faithful,
They loved where they were,
‘God’s Good Word Church’
Is what they preferred.

So, what would become
Of those who arranged
To join Oh Lord’s cult,
And were seeking a change?

That question we’ll answer
At a future time,
For the one called ‘Oh Lord,’
Has been charged with crimes.

We cannot pass judgement,
The jury’s still out,
But it’s the guy up above
Who has the most clout.

No test or temptation that comes your way is beyond the course of what others have had to face. All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he'll never let you be pushed past your limit; he'll always be there to help you come through it.

— The Message Bible ~ 1 Corinthians 10:13

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This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2023 John Hansen

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