teaching creation

July 8, 2009 at 2:16 pm 7 comments

intestineThis is from a textbook we picked up along the way (and are getting rid of). There’s plenty in the book that can be poked fun at as far as science, but I’m including this for the delightful analogy they draw here. From the teachers manual to the textbook, Considering God’s Creation: A Creative Biblical Approach to Natural Science in the section on “Man — Endocrine System and Excretory System:

BIBLE READING: (Have student look up scriptures.) There are certain parts of our body that are private parts. We don’t show them or talk about them with just anyone. And yet they are very important to us. If wastes build up in your body, they can become toxic (poisonous) to you. In the body of Christ, the Church, some people have behind-the-scene type jobs that don’t show and can’t be shared with just anyone (such as counseling, helping people “clean up” their lives, settling arguments, doing spiritual warfare, and confronting evil where ever it is found). These people are vital for the good of the whole body. Let’s read 1 Corinthians 12:12-31 and 13 and see how each member of Christ’s body functions together.

So, if you have a behind-the-scene job at your church, maybe you are like someone’s excretory system! Think about that the next time you are trying to “clean up” someone’s life… ;^)

It is really quite an amazing reach. Maybe it is born from the perceived need to connect everything to a bible teaching somehow. I think they could have come up with something a little more helpful than that, but oh well, it wouldn’t have been so funny then.


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7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. The Rambling Taoist  |  July 8, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Thanks. This is good to know. I guess it means I should change my resume now. I used to list that I was a Licensed Social Worker in the 80s. I suppose I will need to change that to Licensed Shitty Worker. :D)

  • 2. Sabio  |  July 8, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Wow, so that would justify you, ATTR, to be a macrophage and eating eat the bad stuff in the body — thing is, you can decide what is bad. Hopefully, it will take them a long time to discover that you are a bad macrophage.

  • 3. Temaskian  |  July 8, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    Actually, this may be darker than it seems at first sight. It could be referring to the Spanish Inquisition-type of treatment of those who are spreading ‘heresy’ in the church. These would be considered shit in the body and thus it is the work of shit clearers (pastors, deacons, and other church leaders) to ensure that such are removed from the body. Amd they can do so without letting anybody else in the church know.

    For example, I had not known that Pastors were so well-versed in issuing warning letters, until I started receiving them. I wonder how many such letters they had issued already, in the past, without me knowing anything about it.

  • 4. Janus Grayden  |  July 9, 2009 at 1:00 am

    I swear, if there’s one thing that the people who I went to church with loved more than Jesus, it was making analogies. Every time somebody came up with an analogy, it was deemed further proof that God existed.

    If only I could get that kind of PR.

  • 5. bonita  |  July 9, 2009 at 4:21 am

    that was awesome, too funny!

  • 6. Sabio Lantz  |  July 9, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    To the crowds, Jesus spoke in parables, but unto his disciples, he was clear. Parables are great rhetorical persuasion devices but very poor tools for logic.

    He said, “The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to others I speak in parables, so that,
    ” ‘though seeing, they may not see;
    though hearing, they may not understand.’
    -Luke 8:10

  • 7. Leigh  |  July 15, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    I don’t know about church councilers, but I don’t know too many people who would appreciate that analogy! Talk about akward.

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