Muschamp Rd

John 15:13

December 21st, 2006
Leonard Cohen album cover

Today while working outside I received my regular visit from the local Jehovah’s Witnesses. As I’ve written before they regularly stop by my mom’s house to talk to me, because I always take the time to talk to them. Today they showed me the following verse in the Bible:

Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

Though in his version of the Bible “life” was translated as “soul”. The online Bible I consulted had it translated the other way.

People generally appreciate it when you take time to talk to them. However I’m unlikely to convert to their faith no matter how many little books and pamphlets they give me. Another thing they regularly ask me is “Who was Jesus?” Today I answered “A teacher”. But the last two times I’ve also thought of some lines from a Leonard Cohen song:

And Jesus was a sailor,
When he walked upon the water.

Another verse from another song that I’ve quoted before and remembered while talking to the Jehovah’s Witnesses goes as follows:

Oh God said to Abraham, “Kill me a son”
Abe says, “Man, you must be puttin’ me on”
God say, “No.” Abe say, “What?”
God say, “You can do what you want Abe, but
The next time you see me comin’ you better run”
Well Abe says, “Where do you want this killin’ done?”
God says, “Out on Highway 61.”

People always selectively quote the Bible leaving out the parts that are a little on the messy side or difficult to reconcile with official doctrine or their own personal feelings.

Here is a final quotation from a song. It is actually from a Saturday morning cartoon but was covered by the band Frente! It is a happy song, sometimes I sing it because even I know one or two happy songs. The first verse basically goes:

Mommy told me something,
A little kid should know,
It’s all about the devil,
And I learned to hate him so.
She said he causes trouble when you let him in your room,
He’ll never ever leave you if your heart is filled with gloom.

However the best line is from the last verse:

If I forget to say my prayers,
The devil jumps with glee.
But he feels so awful awful,
When he sees me on my knees.

Life isn’t always that simple and bad things do happen to good people. Repeating the word awful was so clever, really good songwriting. If you have any thoughts on quotations or songwriting you might want to review my personal collection of quotations or this list of the world’s greatest songwriters or you can just leave a comment below.


  • Muskie says:

    The only person who phones me is my Grandma and the only people who regularly come to see me are the Jehovah’s Witnesses. I’ve grown tired of talking to both. The people I want to talk to, don’t want to talk to me.


    I never entirely understood and I don’t have a clue why some people have chosen to shun me, other than growing tired of the same old thing. I’m tired, but I can’t opt out of my life.

    Today’s main bible passage was Matthew 7:7

    Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

    One thing I’ve never understood is how people can claim to follow a certain set of teachings then treat people so poorly? I’ve asked why? People don’t have a good answer, they don’t even want to give me an answer.

    They just want me to go away and leave them alone, and I have. But what about what I want? What about my quality of life? What about the truth? What about trust, understanding, friendship, common decency?

    Maybe I should just move to Ulan Batur, someone wants me to do that, but I don’t think they have my best interests in mind. You can’t get much farther away from Vancouver than Ulan Batur.

  • Muskie says:

    The only people who come to the house in Deep Bay are the Jehovah’s Witnesses. Today’s first bible verse was Revelations 12:9

    And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.

    Then they read Revelations 12:12

    Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.

    I’m not sure what they were going for, they were trying to show that the Bible and Jesus were correct because there are wars, famines and what not on Earth. The Hell on Earth as proof God exists and the Kingdom of Heaven awaits the faithful argument, seems spurious to me. Kinda like the Book of Job, God tests his faith because his faith is so strong. Why make life hard for the good people, when the opposite could be done?

    Then he started talking about Jesus being like a Sheppard, seperating the Goats from the Sheep. I of course thought of the time I saw Cake play in Vancouver.

    Sheep go to Heaven
    Goats go to Hell

  • Muskie says:

    The Jehovah’s Witnesses stopped by to visit me again just now. I swear I must be the only person who talks to them on the spit. They want me to come to meetings now, I have to get out of Deep Bay, maybe one of my phone interviews this week will work out…

    but I have my doubts, too many doubts.

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