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Evangelical Missionary Thinks He’s Accomplishing Something

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Jerusalem (AP) – Scott Carter, 22, of Louisville, Kentucky, came to the Holy Land a year ago after finishing his undergraduate degree in Religious Studies at Bob Jones University. He spends his days plastering flyers about Jesus on various surfaces throughout town, in the bizarre belief that it will result in something.

“It’s my responsibility as a member of the human race to make sure no one is denied the opportunity to accept Jesus Christ as his Lord and savior,” said the inexplicably naïve Carter, whose years in academia should have exposed him to the fact that people really don’t give a damn about his message. “I come with a message of peace and love,” he continued, leaving unmentioned the eternal suffering and shame he foresees for anyone who declines to accept that message.

Carter chose specifically to come to Christ’s old stomping grounds because, ironically, so many of the inhabitants of Jerusalem have not heard the gospel. “It’s such an opportunity for me, and for all the people of this city,” he gushed, either ignorant or dismissive of the centuries of oppression, murder and violence the non-Christians to which he refers have suffered at the hands of Carter’s fellow believers. He also operates under the curious assumption that he offers people succor unavailable to them within their own traditions.

His most recent effort includes a poster with an obscure reference to an out-of-context verse in Isaiah that he and other Christians believe refers prophetically to Jesus; Carter put the poster up in various prominent places throughout the city, including a notice board near the Jerusalem Mall and another near the Central Bus Station. For reasons not entirely clear, he believes the mere sight of the poster will inspire people to visit the url printed at the bottom, when in fact the few people who care enough to react do so by tearing down the posters. Several posters have already been obscured by ads for Kung Fu instruction and a local performance by a mediocre DJ.

In his studies at Bob Jones, Carter received nothing but support for his evangelical dream, not once considering why a merciful God would condemn His creations to perdition for not being born or raised with access to the supposedly crucial acceptance of Jesus as savior. “My professors all shared my ambition of bringing the Truth to humanity,” he recalled, failing to grasp that by triggering the inevitable rejection or ignoring of his message, Carter would thereby damn tens of thousands of people who otherwise might be excused for not encountering it.

“Scott Carter is hardly unique,” says Dr. Hera Tik, who teaches the Sociology of Religion at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. “We get hundreds, perhaps thousands of evangelical visitors every year, each one of whom genuinely believes all it takes to sway Jews, Muslims or atheists is mere exposure to the Christian arguments.”

In fact the few people that Carter and his ilk manage to attract, says Tik, come from backgrounds with little or no religious education, and are ill-equipped to understand the ways in which Christian proof-texts from the Jewish Bible often mistranslate the original Hebrew or interpret verses out of context. Carter has never thought about the fact that no Jew with an actual grounding in the study of Scripture will ever see an ounce of merit in his claims, and no Muslim would give credence to a belief system his tradition regards as superseded.

“For a Jew, it’s an insult to be told that his three millennia of scholarship are somehow supplanted by facile distortions of his texts,” explained Tik. “And no Muslim in his right mind would care about the sophistry of a religion rendered obsolete more than 1400 years ago.”

Carter, however, is pressing ahead with plans to expand his missionary activities. Next week he intends to position himself at the Western Wall plaza in the Old City, distributing leaflets to passers by that attribute the admonishment to love one’s neighbor as oneself to Jesus. The commandment first appears in Leviticus, composed about 1400 years before Jesus existed. At press time, Carter still nurtured the illusion that his activities would accomplish anything.

“My group will be having a prayer meeting on Tuesday evening,” he told a reporter. “You should come.”

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Written by Thag

November 24, 2012 at 10:13 pm

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  1. It’s so sad that Christian missions is so distorted today. Getting people to follow Christ takes time. It takes building a relationship with them and showing them all of Scripture, not just bits and pieces of it….

    Christ-Follower

    November 25, 2012 at 12:00 am

    • So you need other people to believe what you believe in order to feel validated? Ever wonder why Jews don’t feel the need to convert the whole world?

      Thag

      November 25, 2012 at 7:26 am


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