Flashy Numbers

There’s a bottle of soap in my bathroom that has “33% MORE!” printed in large font across the top.

Beside the large print numbers and words is a little, tee-tiny asterisk.

Look at the bottom of the bottle and you’ll find the purpose of the asterisk spelled out (with a little, tee-tiny font that rivals only the asterisk) – “Than 18 oz.”

In reality, there is no real substance to the flashy numbers on the soap bottle. The only thing the company did with the “33% MORE!” print was solve a math problem.

Don’t fall prey to the flashy numbers of pop-religion.

Sow the seed (Luke 8:4-15). Be respectful to others, be faithful to your brothers and sisters in Christ and to God, and don’t be a troublemaker (1 Peter 2:17). And don’t keep caught up in the confusion that swaps what we get from worship with what we bring to worship (John 4:20-24).

For out of all to whom the good news has come, only a small number will get salvation.” (Matthew 22:14 BBE)

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Popular religion is selfish, but Christ and self cannot coexist.

Over on QBT, I wrote how a bad habit in nomenclature ignores the horizontal element in singing, toward one’s brethren, in order to focus solely on the vertical element, toward God. This manifestation reinforces the conclusion that popular religion feeds selfishness.

Most Brazilian religious songs, among evangelicals, anyway, speak of the individual, rather than the group. Perhaps, in part, it is a linguistic problem, since the former requires fewer syllables. But it adds evidence to the tendency of selfishness in popular Brazilian religion. Continue reading

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