The Answers Are Simple, If You Know Them.
By Phil Scovell
As I entered high school, my first science class was taught by a
man by the name of Mr. Rubinking. The first thing I quickly learned
about this man, was that he enjoyed teaching and he enjoyed his
students as much as he enjoyed teaching. The second thing I learned
in Mr. Rubinking's science class was the way he gave exams.
"Every three weeks," he said, during the first week of school,
"we are going to have a test. This test will be made up of 10
questions and the exact answers to these 10 questions will be from
your text book reading assignments for that period of time. A day or
two before the exam, I will tell you what each question is going to be
on the exam. Furthermore, I will even tell you the exact answers.
Just to be on the safe side, I will also tell you the exact page where
the answers are found. I want the answers I give you from the book.
If they are not exactly as reported in the book, and if they are not
exactly as I have explained them to you, you will get that question
marked wrong. I will also ask if you have any questions about these
answers that we will always go over a day or two before the test. If
you do exactly as I have instructed concerning my exams, you will get
a perfect grade for this science course."
Only being about 14 at the time, I figured this guy must be
telling the truth. So, when the day came to review the 10 questions,
I wrote down, word for word, the answer he gave for each. I included
the page numbers and that night, looked them up and read them from the
book. Guess what? I got 100 percent on every single test and a big
fat A for my grade at the end of the school term.
During the early days of 1982, I began asking God some questions
for which I wanted, truly needed, answers. I discovered something,
back then, I am often reminded of now. His answers are always so
simple, a child could understand. "What about theology?" what about
it? You think explaining theology is a problem for Jesus? Oh, sure.
You can make it as complicated as you wish. You can add a lot of
religious practices, rules and regulations, personal principles, daily
exercises, governing policies, and denominational laws, if you wish.
You can even assign a day of the week to go to a building made with
hands, sing only certain songs, read from only certain Bibles, burn
scented, or unscented, candles or incense, kneel before specific types
of statues, where robes, suits, tithe, pretty shoes, and even carry a
large print Bible to church. For that matter, you can sacrifice
animals, cut your skin, and bow down to idles made of wood, clay, and
stone, if that's what you want. The problem is, however, these types
of things have a tendency to distract us from His eternal presence in
our life instead of bringing us closer. Why don't we just do what the
Teacher says and let Him grade our sincerity?
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