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"For we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not of ourselves."

If the Devil Wrote a Bible

by Kent Philpott


Chapter 2 Verse 1

All will agree to this time honored and wonderfully human saying, which derives from one of youknowwho’s book itself (you remember Solomon, don’t you, the wisest of the wise):  

“Eat, drink, and be merry, because the grave is all there is.”

The devil’s own commentary

I like food, grog is good, hopefully above 12 proof, and my pleasure it is to laugh at the foolishness of the creatures, miserable creatures I must add, of youknowwho.

What a wonderful way to live! I am a gourmet; I am only served the best. Actually, I am a fallen angel without a digestive system, but I have a vivid imagination.

This wonderful verse is not generated from my own experience. I hate to admit it, but I got it from a book, a detestable tabloid, but I am not proud, or am I? Anyway, I found it out of the mouth, or pen, of the opposite of a fool, yes, nothing short of the man of wisdom, even the son of David, Solomon. How about that for an introduction.  Notice I only had to change a few words: “There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God.”

My opinion is that the phrase “the hand of God” probably was added by some over zealous scribe and does not belong in the text.  It should rather be that I was the one who said this. This is what I declare—eat, drink, and be merry—this is my view, not youknowwho’s.

Eating, drinking, and being merry--now that is sexy.

If the grave was not the end, then all the eating, drinking, and being merry would not be sexy. But because it is, let go and do it, don’t hold back, there is nothing to lose.

A  Christian’s commentary

Christians will eat, drink, and be merry. But that is not all we have. You don’t have to be a drunk or a glutton or a profligate either. Maybe I have not tasted all the dishes Julia Child writes about in her cook book, Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and I have not sampled all of the best Napa Valley wines, but I am making some progress in these directions, as if these were really goals that I have for myself. Furthermore I enjoy art, music, theatre, sports, and I will guess my wife and I have one heckofa good sex life.

Many of the most advantaged people on earth learn that life is not about satisfying the self. Those whose efforts are consumed with such often end up bored, fat, alcoholic, and sexually deprived. The formula, me, me, me and more, more, more, easily, even quickly, leads to disaster and a failed life.
What is mine in this flawed and temporary existence I am learning to be content with.  Assuredly, it is a life-long process. What I have has been  given and now I am speaking of those things that make the difference for me: peace with God; forgiveness of my sin, all of it by the way; the gift of eternal life; a meaning and purpose for my living; the indwelling of God’s Holy Spirit; the joy of the Gospel—and I could go on. There is the pleasure of God’s revealing Himself to me in the Scripture; there is prayer, my talking with the Creator, anytime, anywhere; there is fellowship with the people of God; there is the music, the art, the worship that belong to the whole Church. My life is not ordinary since the transcendent, almighty God has invaded my life by His grace and mercy in my Lord Jesus Christ. And, I am never alone; I do not walk the dark paths without the light of Jesus shinning ahead of me.

Not that my life is or has been angelic like. By no means. I have walked some places I ought not to have and have been body slammed on more than one occasion. In my heart and mind, my memory, are regrets, remorse, and repentance.  I have learned that “the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17).  

The grave is not the end. The devil tells a monstrous lie. There is a part of me that wishes it were so, but when such thoughts come to me I send them away rather speedily. The cross and the resurrection point to the great truth that those whom He has called will enjoy Him forever. This is the great and ultimate intention of God and I reckon He knows what He is about.

A more positive spin on the devil’s teaching that the grave is the end, which after all is rather negative, goes something like this: “All that really matters is your happiness, and religion only mires you down in rules and guilt.”

Don’t let the devil ride on this one, either.      

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Last Update: 2012-10-19 17:10