High & Lifted Up, Dude

For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer. (1 Timothy 4:4-5)

If you ever needed evidence that the Apostle Paul would get kicked out of 99.9% of today’s Christian churches, this is it. Here’s a recipe for religious license that would curl the toes of most respectable, middle class, conservative, orthodox citizens of Christendom.

Damnable proposition #1: Everything that God has made is good. Everything. Mountains are good. Oysters are good. Sex is good. Sparrows are good. Peyote is good. Stars are good. Tobacco is good. Magic mushrooms are good. Heck, mud is good.

He makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for man to cultivate—bringing forth food from the earth: wine that gladdens the heart of man, oil to make his face shine, and bread that sustains his heart.

Damnable proposition #2: Nothing is to be rejected if received with thanksgiving. Nothing. Thank you, Lord, for pot. Thank you, Lord, for this fermented grape juice. Thank you, Lord, for this bacon. Thank you, Lord, for this tasty carcinogenic cigar.

Since you died with Christ to the basic principles of this world, why, as though you still belonged to it, do you submit to its rules: “Do not handle! Do not taste! Do not touch!”? These are all destined to perish with use, because they are based on human commands and teachings.

Damnable proposition #3: Because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer. Consecrated. Sacred. Approved for divine purpose. Sacred sex. Sacred hashish. Sacred Budweiser. Sacred cigarette. Sacred shot of tequila.

The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.”

Damnable proposition #4: What goes into a man’s mouth does not make him unclean, but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him unclean.

I think I’ll go be thankful, but maybe I should wash my mouth out with soap first.


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