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a beautiful inspiration or an evil inspiration 
29th-Nov-2005 01:26 am
Is this
a beautiful inspiration or an evil inspiration?

But where there was a will, there was a way. To
the four friends, a beautiful inspiration arose, as the sun rises in
the east. What did they do next? Look at verse 4. "Since they could not
get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof
above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed
man was lying on." In doing so, they offended many people. The owner
of the house might have called the police. Other patients who lined up
surrounded them to punish them. But to the friends, it did not matter
what might happen to them.
They say that a friend in need is a friend
indeed. They were indeed beautiful friends to the paralytic. Their
compassionate hearts toward him were flaring intensely, so intensely
that they could not stop themselves from climbing up and digging a hole
through the central part of another's roof and lowering the paralytic in
front of Jesus. They brought him to Jesus.
Though paralysis was known
to be incurable, it did not matter to them. They brought this man to
Jesus believing that Jesus would make him whole. They had a great faith
in Jesus' healing power. May God give this kind of faith to each of us.
29th-Nov-2005 07:32 am (UTC)
Part II

I think the Bible says that it is not a good idea to break other’s property in general. The Bible also tells us that we should do everything in our power to help a friend. But the dilemma is what if I have to break other’s property to help a friend. As I said above, I think we are at the mercy of Jesus in this case. Breaking other’s property to help a friend does not justify the act of breaking other’s property. It absolutely has no merit in itself. It can only be justified by the mercy of Jesus. As we can see in the related passage, it was Jesus who justified the act of breaking the roof by the four men. It was not the four men or their act of breaking the roof to help their friend. Jesus accepted their act of faith even though it was very controversial one. It was amazing mercy of Jesus. But it is absolutely not to say that it is ok to break other’s property. It was just that Jesus’ mercy accepted the four men’s breaking the roof to help their friend. So what is really amazing is Jesus’ mercy that could accept even the four men’s weird act of faith. It was not that their act was beautiful inspiration that Jesus was impressed by their amazing faith. But we do see in other places in the Bible where Jesus was greatly impressed by faith.

We can then say that the main point of Mark 2:1-5 is Jesus’ mercy that accepted the four men’s faith. It is not the four men’s beautiful inspiration or their intense compassion to break other’s property. What is really amazing is that Jesus is so merciful that he can accept even the four men’s obnoxious behavior. This amazing mercy of Jesus enables us to help a friend even in the case of great moral dilemma. What shall we say, then? Shall we go on breaking more properties to help a friend since Jesus is so merciful? By no means! It would be much better if we could establish more improved emergency-handling system in our community. It would be much better if we could support our churches so that this could happen.
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