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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.
Comments 
29th-Nov-2005 12:27 pm (UTC)
Correct observation. Whenever UBF (i.e. Mr. Lee) comes to this passage, they do not fail to emphasize how it approves their "end justifies the means" ideology. I remember how my Korean shepherdess stressed the "somehow-spirit" so much in this passage. If we as UBF members have a goal, we shall accomplish it "somehow", no matter whether it hurts people, is illegal or unethical.

It is also typical for UBF that they fail to consider or even think about the historical background. If you do that, nearly nothing of the speculations about "breaking another's property" is left. All good lectures would consider the historical background, like this one:

http://www.growingchristians.org/dfgc/roof.htm

Now it's important to recognize that this "tearing up the roof" was not a destruction of property. Historical background information is helpful and important when interpreting and applying Scripture. A first century home in Palestine had a flat roof composed of large stone tiles which were easy to remove and easy to replace. The tiles were sometimes covered with dirt or sod for insulation purposes. So there was no need to rip up shingles and saw through plywood and beams in order to make a sizable opening in the roof! God is certainly not teaching us from this portion of His Word that it's OK to break the law and destroy property as long as it's for the purpose of getting a person to Christ! The roof was not destroyed or damaged--only temporarily opened up. Remember also that a first century home had an outside staircase up to the flat roof. This enabled the four men to carry their paralytic friend and his bed up to the rooftop without spilling him and without employing an elaborate ladder or block and tackle system! The "bed," of course, was not a heavy inner spring mattress and frame but a lightweight pallet or mattress-like pad. Thus the hole in the roof was not gigantic in size! All of these basic background considerations preserve us from visualizing impossible situations and making wild applications.

We also do not know whether the 4 men excused themselves and promised to repair the house or they were friends of the owner and things like that. We should not speculate in both directions. Since the Bible does not mention it, it is obviously not considered an important element.
1st-Dec-2005 01:53 am (UTC)
Thank you for the excellent background info. That puts things in much better context. Praise God who gave us the internet!

UBF disregards all other background infos unless they pass through Mr. Samuel Lee's flawed theology. But in actuality, they do not want any background infos for their Bible study. Mr. Samuel Lee is the only legitimate background infos that exist for the UBF theology. Mr. Samuel Lee is the only spiritual sanity established in UBF. All UBF programs and activities are organized to enforce this idea on its members. Any other background infos other than Mr. Lee is blasphemy in UBF.
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