Q. Where would you like to be?
A. In a place of greater diligence.
Q. What do you need to be more diligent about?
A. To be honest with you, I’d rather talk about something else.
Q. Then why did you bring it up?
A. Because I had this plan for five of the Tuesday tuneups. I started two Tuesdays ago, with integrity. The plan was to cover Integrity, Confidence, Diligence, Vigilance, and Fortitude, in that order. For these are the five points of the Practical Pentacle.
A. Yeah, I was hanging around with Pagans for a while. One of them told me I could change the classic five points of the Pentacle (that is, Earth, Air, Fire, Water, and Spirit) to anything I wanted. Thus five principles came to me in a flash, so I ran with it.
Q. Did you actually wear this pentacle?
A. Naw. It wouldn’t have gone over too well in Christian circles.
Q. Then what did you do with it?
A. I began to apply the principles to my work, of course.
Q. But why did you want to talk about all this, instead of about diligence?
A. Because I’m avoiding the subject, obviously.
Q. Does the subject of diligence threaten you?
Q. Why would that be?
A. Because I haven’t been diligent in the areas that require it, but only in the areas that I enjoy.
Q. Can you clarify?
A. I’m fairly diligent about my Artistic endeavors. Reasonably diligent about maintaining this blog. Diligent about church attendance and that kind of thing. But there’s one thing I haven’t been very diligent about at all.
Q. What’s that?
A. The Word.
Q. Who’s Word?
A. God’s Word.
Q. And how do you hear that Word?
A. You know the Scriptures. “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.”
Q. You mean the Bible?
Q. When did you give up your diligence as far as reading your Bible?
A. I think it was when I was hanging around with those Pagan guys. Back around 2012. Before that, the Bible was the only book I read for 22 years.
Q. The only book?
A. I take it back. I also read the The Chronicles of Narnia.
Q. And no other books than those?
A. Not completely. Bits and pieces of Thomas Merton, Paul Tournier, and Henri Nouwen. I’m really not a very good reader, you know. But I did read my Bible every day. It was a King James that Jan had left with me. I kept it around my apartment, and read bits and pieces of it till I found something worth meditating on. Then I meditated on those bits and pieces till they made sense in my life. And went about my day.
Q. So you would like to be more diligent with this practice?
A. Yes. But without the extremism of eliminating all other books.
Q. Why is this on your mind?
A. Because I strayed. As we all do. I veered from my right and proper path. And I paid. As we all do. I paid the price. It’s just not worth it to stray too far from the simplicity that there is in Christ.
Q. How far did you stray?
A. Far enough. A lot farther than just hanging around with Pagans, I can tell you that much.
A. Move on to the next question, please.
Q. What brought you back?
A. Pain. Extreme pain. Psychological torture. Psychic assault. Cosmic manipulation of intentions and events. Twisting of my values, and forced switching of my allegiance. Jousting with demonic spirits – on their own terms, in their own playing field. Deliberate distortion of my discernment. And many other such things you do not need to know — indescribable things, worse than those.
Q. And the Bible brings relief from all that pain?
A. Yes. And remarkably so. It already has, and in an incredibly short period of time. Not so much the Bible, but the Word that is revealed in it.
Q. When did you lapse into all this rigid, right-wing fundamentalism?
A. Diligence, not rigidity. And Left-Right is a crock of shit — a smokescreen set up by the Global Elite to obfuscate the real issues. Also, it’s not fundamentalism to be Christ-centered and Bible-based, because the Revelation of Christ is found in the Bible, and it is there that he gives me His Word.
Q. He gives you His Word?
A. Yes. He, unlike any other being I know, has always kept His Word.
Q. And you have not?
A. If I haven’t kept my word, it’s only because I haven’t kept His Word.
Q. What do you mean?
A. I mean that my life is no longer mine, but His.
The Questioner is silent.
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