Topic: The Bearded Man-Pts 3-4.
Joined Tue 09/06/11
Taken from the Bible Tale. Amazon Kindle.
Atop the Mount.
It had been a hard day for the bearded man, his followers. The sun beat down, unrelenting. A hilltop beckoned. Peter, the strongest, was concerned.
“We have to rest.”
The bearded man smiled.
“You can rest in Sheol if you like.”
The people here need something important.”
“What do you mean?”
The bearded man looked at him, smiling.
“The core of my message Peter. The true reason I am here now. Generations will debate my message, you will hear it for real.”
Peter, a fisherman, did not understand. The bearded man ascended the hill, swung round. Arms lifted towards heaven. The disciples looked on. Sunlight glared down. He spoke to the people.
“If you are spiritually poor, heaven belongs to you! If you are mourning, God will comfort you. The deceased will return, if you ask. If you are humble, God will reward you.”
He paused. Watching the reaction.
“If you do what God desires, that wish will be satisfied. Show mercy to others. God will show mercy to you. If you have a pure heart, you WILL see God.”
He paused again. The sun beat down. No clouds.
“God’s children are those who work for peace. If you are persecuted for carrying out God’s wishes, heaven belongs to you!”
He paused, stopped. Peter asked a question.
“What does this mean?”
The bearded man smiled. Thought. Answered.
“Exactly what it says Peter. The dead are not dead.”
The disciples looked puzzled. The bearded man laughed.
“Don’t worry. You think too hard.”Gabriel, standing close, watching.
The bearded man had been told of his friend’s death. With his followers in tow, he headed for Bethany. As they approached, he saw many Judeans’ in mourning, dressed in black.
The tears were heartfelt and mournful. Martha approached. Her tear stained face turned up towards him.
“He has been dead these past four days. You should have come sooner.”
The bearded man smiled, shaking his head.
“Your brother, my true friend, is only sleeping.”
Martha was shocked. His followers were shocked. He felt the fury of the people at his glib remark. A man from Judea came rushing in, rock in hand. Peter moved to stop him. The bearded man ignored it.
“Do not be untrusting when I say he only sleeps. Lazarus will rise again.”
Some priests, dispatched from the Sanhedrin shouted their defiance.
The bearded man walked forward, the crowd fell back. He knelt, he prayed. Some in the crowd wept.
Standing once more, arms aloft in supplication the bearded man shouted, “Lazarus come forth.”
The crowd fell silent. No one spoke. The bearded man watched. The darkness of the tomb was plunged into light as a shrouded figure appeared. The followers cried out, his family cried out. Lazarus remained silent.
“Remove the tomb clothing. My friend lives.”
They ran and did what was asked.
Later, many miles away, Peter asked a question.
“Why was he raised? What is the meaning?”
The bearded man looked grave.
“Man will kill my friend to silence him.”
Peter was shocked as the bearded man wept.
Peter did. Within his heart, his soul, the bearded man knew time was up.
Joined Sat 01/28/12
The Bible is just a bunch of made up BS.
Joined Sun 01/01/12
The Bible is just a bunch of made up BS.
Your statement is just a bunch of made of BS words.
..what's the difference? o.O
Joined Wed 07/29/09
Who is the target audience for this script?
I think it is very badly written, although it may not be complete bs. It does not make sense to an unwitting reader, that is, an unwitting and uninitiated reader. The readers must be familiar with the story in the bible to understand this, and if they are, then why write it in a yet different way? There is no new information.
Badly written, with no new information.
Why write it then? To whom?
My suspicion is that his was written to those readers who are familar with the Bible, and their comprehension skills are low; the typical target audience is not familiar with reading quality material; their reading comprehension does not drive them to learn new things, but it satisfies them to take old information in a new way.
Since they feel empowered by believing the bible, the target audience is completely happy with this sort of literary output.