Snakes, spiders and pit bulls
[July 24, 2022: There have been some changes made to this post. For more information, read the Editors’ notes at the bottom of the post. Editors.]
Imagine if pit bull terriers and poisonous snakes and spiders were commonly used as companion animals. Imagine if they were common in homes, schools, nursing homes, churches and missionary organizations.
And now imagine that a skilled animal handler found a way to train pit bulls, snakes and spiders so that a few of them did not bite….but the training worked on only a few of them. No matter how hard the super-skilled trainer did his or her amazing stuff, the vast majority of those animals could not be trained.
Would it be sensible to say “Let’s teach all the animal trainers to use these amazing techniques so that a few less people are hurt by snakes, spiders and pit bulls?”
Or would it be more sensible to just ban poisonous snakes, spiders and pit bulls?
Of course, the analogy is imperfect….and I mean no offence to real snakes and spiders as they have a place in the ecosystem! But I think you get my point.
(Psalm 15:1-4 NASB1995)
O LORD, who may abide in Your tent?
Who may dwell on Your holy hill?
He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness,
And speaks truth in his heart.
He does not slander with his tongue,
Nor does evil to his neighbor,
Nor takes up a reproach against his friend;
In whose eyes a reprobate is despised,
But who honors those who fear the LORD;
He swears to his own hurt and does not change;
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