Doctrine that’s right in our wheelhouse! Want to see what systematized theology looks like in person? Here’s an example of the power of the “Fifth Gospel.” HT: Bobby Conway
“… ‘Then say, ‘Shibboleth’!’ And he would say, ‘Sibboleth,’ for he could not pronounce it right. Then they would take him and kill him at the fords of the Jordan. There fell at that time forty-two thousand Ephraimites.” (Judges 12:6)
Although we Americans have a common language we all have accents that show our origins to a discerning ear. The above incident demonstrates how thousands of years ago different regional accents caused the death of 42,000 people.
There had been a civil war among people of the same ethnicity. As the victors captured survivors, the only way to tell if they were the enemy was to force them to say “Shiboleth.” When prisoners could not pronounce the “sh” sound because of their regional accents, 42,000 of them were executed.
What does all this have to do with us today? Metaphorically speaking, when we meet people we often have a…
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