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A reply for smallship1

This is a reply to zanda_myrande. I hope he enjoys it.

When I was 11 they told me this one:

A prophet went up a mountain to meditate on his ministry, and the devil showed him all the kingdoms of the world. And the prophet said: "Get thee behind me, Satan," and went back down the mountain to offer his prophecies to the world. And his name was Jesus.

When I was 21 I wrote this one:
A prophet went up a mountain to meditate on his ministry, and the devil showed him a detailed video documentary of the battles and wars fought in his name over the next 2,000 years. And the prophet went back to his village and gave up prophecying. He may have become a very good carpenter, and had a family, but since no one ever heard of him or knew his name we'll never know.

But now I write this one:
A prophet went up a mountain to meditate on his ministry, and the devil showed him a detailed video documentary of the of the battles and wars fought in his name over the next 2,000 years. And the prophet looked at the devil and said: "I know. But they can do all that with or without me, and at least I will tell them to love one another." He went back to his village, and carried on prophecying, and died, still telling people to love one another. A lot of people didn't bother listening to that bit, but it was the best that Jesus could do, and he thought it was worth doing.

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the_changeling
3rd May, 2015 13:41 (UTC)
*round of applause*
heleninwales
3rd May, 2015 13:44 (UTC)
I like your final version a lot.
crazysoph
3rd May, 2015 15:23 (UTC)
I liked your progression, in showing the earlier versions!

Crazy(and the main character of the last one, inspired!)Soph
gerisullivan
3rd May, 2015 19:34 (UTC)
Kudos.

dougs
3rd May, 2015 20:49 (UTC)
Lectionary readings for today (fifth Sunday of Easter, year B) include 1 John 4:20, which reads (in some translations) "anyone who claims to love God, but hates one of their fellow human beings, has really missed the point".
coth
4th May, 2015 10:37 (UTC)
I'm not a Christian, but certainly my preferred reading of Christianity.
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