"Cowardice asks the question...is it safe? Expediency asks the question...is it politic? Vanity asks the question...is it popular? But conscience asks the question...is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but one must take it because it is right." ~Dr. Martin Luther King

Sunday 15 October 2017


A recent comment referenced oral sex, sharp teeth and painful punishment. I didn't publish it  so
don't look for it.

Sometimes my imagination races forward out of control. Horrifying images have to be quickly smothered by different ones. 

I thought of my first catechism.  A small thin blue book. A little wider than a Woolworth diary and a whole lot thinner. Just the size for small four year old hands.

Who made you ? ....was the first question. 

God made me. ..the  answer.

Why did God make you ? 

To know him, love him and serve him in this world and forever in the next.

Catechism was first lesson of the day, every day, immediately after prayers. We prayed in the morning,
before  lunch,after lunch and at the end of the school day.

We prayed for fishermen at sea in storms. For farmers  who needed a dry spell to harvest.
We never needed to pray for rain. We prayed for black babies.  

We hadn't learned to read yet. Catechism questions were read by the teacher and answers rhymed out by the whole class. 

We learned  how God created man in his own image. Eve was an afterthought. Adam's left rib did the trick.The Garden of Eden was their domicile.

You know the rest. Left to their own devices,they disobeyed the rule they had to live by. 

The Lord called them out from where they hid and Adam whined.

The woman made me do it. 

And what did The Lord do? 

Right .... The Lord punished  the woman and every woman thereafter.

We didn't learn  that at the time. Previous  books of the bible, written by Moses apparently,contained all the details.  Our faith was pretty much based on the The  Life of Christ and the New Testament.  

It's two thousand and seventeen years old. It has stood the test of time. 

In short,  Man was made in the image of The Lord. Male. 

Eve was an afterthought. 

Eve committed the first sin . Adam poor boy, couldn't help himself and they lost the Garden of Eden.

That's the current version. 

Written by men. Pages and pages of it;  Gospels. Epistles. Parables. Beatitudes. Cardinal Virtues, Cardinal Sins, Letters to Corinthians by Mathew ,Mark,Luke and John.

Peter was a fisherman. 

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It is a fine work of fiction too.

Hard to believe that there are those that think every word of it is true.