December 31, 2004

Todays reading is taken from…

Here I be in a vague attempt to:
a) Stop being quite so bored
b) Do something while this bloody download finishes
c) Work off some of the chocolate I've eaten by rapidly bouncing my fingers up and down on the keyboard
& d) All of the above

Today's topic is taken from the page open in front of me (my dad had been working earlier)
I have so much to tell you, but I would rather not do it with paper and ink; instead, I hope to visit you and talk with you personally, so that we shall be completely happy

You will, of course, recognise this as coming from 2 John. I, personally, think that this is one of the less opaque passages of the Bible. But why does John bother to send a letter that is barely half a page, and why is such a short letter included in the Bible when other letters of a similar theme and length sent at a similar time are not? And what exactly is there that he wants to say, but dares not write? Surely anything of a spiritual nature would be gladly included. Perhaps there is something going on behind the scenes which we are not aware of. Perhaps it is a deliberate ploy to arouse our suspicions. Perhaps I'm paranoid. I think that another solution is more likely. I think that John is trying to end a letter, while notifying people of his upcoming visit and the simplest way is to combine the two.

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