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by: Karl Southward

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This reminds me of one of my first religious insights.  In my early teens while attending a fundamentalist church of my mother's choice, a 40-50 year old man came forward "to give testimony".  I know my dear mother expected me to come forward in every service "to be saved", and this guy's testimony was most instrumental in saving me from that.

His story:

"I was fishing from the end of a long pier.  It was a beautiful sunny day, but I had seen clouds building.  Then I heard noise and looked behind me to see a tornado coming right down the pier ripping off boards.  I said a quick prayer.  The next thing I remember was waking up with my head resting on the bank.  I had a concussion, a broken shoulder, a broken arm, and numerous cuts and bruises, but I was alive.  The Lord had deposited me unconscious at the shore rather than in the lake.  The Lord was with me."

This was followed in the audience by numerous "Praise the Lords" and "Hallelujahs".  This caused me to ponder that if the Lord was with him he gave him a concussion, a broken shoulder, and a broken arm.  Therefore, I really did not want the Lord to be with me.  He hurts people!

I have discussed this story numerous times with Christian friends, and none see my logic.  How can you be thankful to a deity that has just maimed you?

This week I heard "The Lord's Prayer" repeated for the thousandth time and for the first time focused on this part of the appeal: "Lead us not into temptation...".  It is not the Devil that leads us into temptation!  The "Baron" is at work.