Ben Franklin and the Devil’s Advocate

July 7th, 2007 at 3:34 pm by Zacque
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Benjamin Franklin once said, “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants to see us happy.” If this is true then why is there a last call at the bar, drinking age and limited availability? Why force us partake with regard to responsibility this wonderful gift of our glorious maker? After all, Jesus is the Wonderful Counselor. Counselor is a pseudonym for attorney.  So he could take care of any trouble you could get into.  (Unless it’s not part of the Divine plan.)

I may be the only one who see this train of logic, I still think it is ideal. Oh well, so much for living in a perfect world.

Must have something to do with that whole original sin idea. You’re born and very much guilty until proven innocent. Therefore, you are subject to archaic rituals of cleansing and reckoning. So then, you can think like a child in order to approach an ideal afterlife. However, you went through all the ritual to avoid the tendencies of misdeed in the first place. Something sounds fishy about this. It’s all a little too cyclical if you ask me.

I guess that is what I get for trying it interject logic into a book. Especially since its origins are rooted in religion and supposed to be the words of the Divine. Who in the book translates best as a distant father figure that shakes a finger at you and says, “Damn it, do it my way or the highway.” Then gives you freewill. The problem I think has nothing do with the original idea. The interpretation mistakes lie in the hands of the penholders who recorded it and the translators in later years, not the concepts.


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4 Responses to “Ben Franklin and the Devil’s Advocate”

  1. Carie Thompson Says:

    I totally agree.

  2. Diva Says:

    I agree with the whole legal drinking age issue. I’d have to beat my daughter down if she was consuming at her delicate young age.

    However, when a 19 and 20 year old Marine come back from Iraq and are out in Gatlinburg, (on foot, not driving) into a local watering hole for a cold beer and are denied service because they are under age, it just flat pisses me off. If you’re old enough to risk your life for God and country, you should damn well be able to schooch up to a bar and order a cold beer.

  3. Monty Says:

    Who in the book translates best as a distant father figure that shakes a finger at you and says, “Damn it, do it my way or the highway.” Then gives you freewill.

    Sure sounds like how it was in my house growing up. He was distant at times, and a father figure at times. He didn’t shake a finger though… It was never too hard to figure out what the best thing to do was…

  4. Mushy Says:

    Beer! I have to respond to a post about beer regardless of what it says!

    Jesus don’t care if we drink, he said he wouldn’t partake again until he came back, but he didn’t say we had to wait on’em!

    Drinking age should be lower…might say a few lives at the universities where they binge drink at frat parties. If they had to drink publicly, it might slow’em down a little.

    Anyway…I drink to your post!