Retrospect: Jones, Smith, and God, part II

Self-tutoring about people and events from the past: the tutor continues about Jones, Smith, and God.

(continuing from yesterday’s post):

Perhaps what ignited the ongoing debate about God between Jones and Smith was a call-in show that had appeared. A preacher would take live calls from people who were in trouble and would ask help from Jesus. The show was so popular it was prime-time. I’m not sure what it was called; I may look into it.

Supposedly my family had cable, but I don’t think we got that show. I never saw it, anyway. However, Jones and Smith both watched it religiously, and it greatly impacted their discussions about God. Following is a typical “transcript” of the conversation. I’ve assumed, for its sake, that the show was called CJWRJ, meaning “Calling Jesus With Reverend John.”

SMITH: Jones, did you see CJWRJ on Wednesday?

JONES: Yeah…it was great.

SMITH: I can’t believe when the guy said, “Save me, Jesus, because I took too many bennies,” and then he seemed to recover when he should’ve ODed.

JONES: I believe it: it’s all real. Because God is real.

SMITH: So can God save you from dying in real life?

JONES: Yes, definitely, because God can do anything. God always helps people who believe.

SMITH: But it would be so easy for the calls to be faked.

JONES: But they’re not — they’re real.

Smith and Jones revisited the situation constantly, discussing the recent episode of CJWRJ. Smith wanted to believe, but he couldn’t. In that way, he was hopelessly honest.

Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.

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