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Summary: The Pharisees claimed to know everything but nothing about Jesus. The former blind man only knew one thing.

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Someone said to Helen Keller, "What a pity you have no sight!" to which she replied, "Yes, but what a pity so many have sight but cannot see!"

A minister, a Boy Scout, and a computer expert were the only passengers on a small plane. The pilot came back to the cabin and said that the plane was going down but there were only three parachutes and four people. The pilot added, "I should have one of he parachutes because I have a wife and three small children." So he took one and jumped.

The computer whiz said, "I should have one of the parachutes because I am the smartest man in the world and everyone needs me." So he took one and jumped.

The minister turned to the Boy Scout and with a sad smile said, "You are young and I have lived a rich life, so you take the remaining parachute, and I’ll go down with the plane."

The boy Scout said, "Relax, Reverend, the smartest man in the world just picked up my knapsack and jumped out!

1 ¶ And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth.

2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?

Rather then compassion they have a topic of discussion and disgust, "who sinned?"

We ask, "Why did this happen? Rather than "How can I help?"

It’s called apathy, and it destroys Christian effectiveness.

One of the principle components of the theory of reincarnation is karma, the doctrine that everyone gets what he deserves. There is an impersonal force in the world that causes us to build future debits and credits based on our behavior.

The theory has many advantages. It may be applied to almost any problem and produce an explanation. The impersonal reign of karma metes out justice dispassionately; one may rest in the confidence that no evil will go unpunished and no good will be unrewarded.

Let’s think of the implications: here are several suffering children. One has leukemia, another is a cripple, and a third is dying of starvation. You want to help these children understand themselves better, so you say, "You are getting exactly what you deserve; you have these problems because you committed some great sins in a previous existence."

Here is another child, a four-year-old boy abused by an angry father with a lit cigarette. A six-year-old girl is beaten, her arms and legs broken by an angry and irrational mother. You say to them, "You were not the victims of injustice. You got exactly what you had coming to you because of sins you committed in a previous life—sins you cannot remember."

Gina Cerminara, says any birth abnormality "is probably of karmic origin."

Gina Cerminara gives some examples and explains:

In short, such cases would indicate that the infidelity of the mate sometimes occurs through karmic necessity. . . . John’s unfaithfulness to Mary may be due to the fact that Mary deserves this treatment because of her unfaithfulness to Claudius in ancient Rome, but on the other hand his philandering may stem from Mary’s failing in the present; the infidelity may be no more than a contemporary reaction to a contemporary instigation—a case of quick karma.


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