RE: Phil Johnson

From: Dick Fischer (
Date: Mon Oct 01 2001 - 15:15:57 EDT

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    A couple of months ago I attended a Buddhist funeral. The deceased was a
    43-year old father of two little boys who escaped from Cambodia with his
    mother, father, brothers and sisters during the reign of the Kmer
    Rouge. The eulogy was delivered by a retired bureau chief for the New York
    Times who was one of the characters in the film, The Killing Fields. He
    had been stationed in Cambodia during the Viet Nam war and knew the family
    there. He also arranged for their relocation to this country when he
    learned they were in a Thai refugee camp.

    I know the family well, and at the funeral I talked with Steve who married
    into the family. Steve and Mom (that's her name) have three beautiful
    (half American and half Cambodian) children. A few weeks prior to the
    death of his bother-in-law, Steve and Mom were remarried in the Catholic
    church. Even though Steve was raised Catholic, they had a Buddhist
    ceremony when they married the first time, and only when one of his younger
    children asked: "Dad, if you are Catholic and Mother is Buddhist, what am
    I?" did it occur to him that the subject of religion needed to be
    addressed. That got Steve to thinking, and it culminated in the conversion
    of his wife and their remarrying in the Catholic church. His brother-in
    law, now deceased, took the pictures.

    I asked Steve about the untimely death of his brother-in-law. He had a
    cancerous growth removed from his colon months earlier and it was suspected
    that the cancer had returned. He was given a berium test to see what the
    extent of the cancerous growth was. He had an adverse reaction
    apparently, and after a day or two, he died. And died a Buddhist.

    Neither Steve nor his recently converted wife thought to witness to him
    even though they knew he was in danger of dying. I was shocked! Was being
    a Christian nothing more than a ceremony? Had they learned nothing in the
    classes they were required to take? How could they let him die a nonbeliever?

    There were many tears shed at the funeral that day. But those there,
    friends and family, monks in orange robes, all cried at the loss of a
    physical life, for the children now fatherless, for the widow with no
    husband. I cried at the loss too. The loss of a loving soul to whom
    nobody bothered to bear witness to Christ before it was too late.

    As far as physical death is concerned - a hundred years from now we are all
    dead - so who cares? If I treat the subject more callously then you,
    please forgive me - that's just me. My tears are reserved for the truly
    lost, those who die without knowing Christ.

    As for PJ, at the very least he is an opportunist. He takes uniformed
    Christians and makes them misinformed Christians. Armed with
    misinformation, they muddy the waters, obscuring the truth from those who
    might otherwise seek it.

    Dick Fischer - The Origins Solution -
    "The answer we should have known about 150 years ago"

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