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PATH OF TRUTH - written by Tanis Harms
TOPIC: truth, Bible, path to heaven
SCRIPTURE: Matt.7:7, John 14:6, Romans 1:18-20
Style: satire/conversation: legalist, guru and
. Christian all explain their beliefs
. in obtaining and keeping salvation
Cast: LEGALIST, GURU, CHRISTIAN
Set & Props: whiteboard & easel, pens
(LEGALIST leads GURU over to the whiteboard.)
LEGALIST I keep telling you – you are wrong.
. Come over here, I want to show
. you something.
(LEGALIST draws a straight line, and then a diagonal line
going up. CHRISTIAN walks up and stops to listen.)
LEGALIST See, this is life, and to go up,
. you must obey God with your good works.
. The Bible lays out all the laws very clearly.
(GURU draws a vertical line going up from the
other direction to form a mountain. Then adds
other lines with each point.)
GURU See, there are many ways up the mountain.
. Many, many paths – you are not the only one
. who is right. Allah can get you there,
. Buddha can get you there, Mother Earth
. will get you there –
CHRISTIAN May I say something?
(CHRISTIAN starts shading in the whole “mountain”.)
CHRISTIAN All of this is a lot of work –
. no matter which path you decide to take.
. And once you reach the top –
. IF you reach the top – you will only
. find yourself at the top of a mountain.
. It’s impossible to climb up to heaven
. with any sort of good works.
. God provided one way and one way only,
. and that is through Jesus Christ.
(CHRISTIAN draws a line from the tip of the mountain up.
Then a line from half way up the mountain – straight up.
Then a line from the bottom of the mountain –
CHRISTIAN And it doesn’t matter where you are in life,
. how good or how bad you are or have been,
. Jesus is waiting for you to come to Him.
GURU Why do you think you are the only one
. who's right?
CHRISTIAN It’s not a question about WHO is right.
. The real question is: WHAT is truth?
GURU Truth is whatever you believe is right.
CHRISTIAN Truth is truth.
. It is a matter of reality.
. Either something is true or it is not.
. You cannot have it both ways.
. (to LEGALIST) I want you to shut your eyes.
(LEGALIST turns forward and shuts his/her eyes.
CHRISTIAN takes a red pen and draws a red circle.)
CHRISTIAN I have just drawn a red circle.
. Do you believe me?
LEGALIST I don’t know. I cannot see it.
. But – I think I trust you.
CHRISTIAN (to GURU) Do YOU believe me?
GURU Of course! I saw you draw it.
. And I can see the red circle.
CHRISTIAN (to LEGALIST) So he/she is my witness
. of the truth. Now do you believe?
LEGALIST What if you're both just playing
. a cruel joke on me?
CHRISTIAN Okay, open your eyes now.
. So now you can see what is actually there.
. Of course, you COULD still
. choose not to believe me.
LEGALIST It’s fairly obvious.
CHRISTIAN Still, anyone could just decide to say,
. “Well, I see something red,
. but it’s more of an oval.”
. And someone else may say,
. “I see a blue square.” And still,
. someone else could see it and say,
. “I don’t see anything at all...
. I choose to believe that it is not there.”
. Does that change the fact
. that there is a red circle?
GURU Okay-okay, so no matter what I believe,
. there is a red circle.
. Food for thought-food for thought.
(GURU mutters as he/she walks away.)
LEGALIST Well, it actually is slightly oval-ish.
CHRISTIAN Do you really want to argue
. about something so nit-picky?
LEGALIST It’s just not a very good circle,
. is all I’m saying.
CHRISTIAN So you would rather nit-pick
. about something so unimportant
. than deal with the bigger issue,
. or deal with your pride
. and accept the truth?
LEGALIST But you HAVE to obey the laws in the Bible!
CHRISTIAN You cannot work your way into heaven,
. because that is impossible.
. We cannot obey the laws perfectly.
. It is all through the power of Jesus Christ.
. That is the only way to get
. into heaven.
LEGALIST I don’t think it’s that simple.
CHRISTIAN John 14:6 says “Jesus said to him,
. ‘I am the way, and the truth, and the life;
. no one comes to the Father but through Me.’”
. So are you saying that God is a liar?
LEGALIST I’m not saying THAT!
CHRISTIAN Either the entire Bible is Truth, or not. 4
. You cannot pick and choose which parts
. are will be true for you.
. It all comes down to:
. are you open to finding the Truth?
(LEGALIST walks away. CHRISTIAN addresses congregation.)
CHRISTIAN “Ask, and it will be given to you;
. seek, and you will find;
. knock, and it will be opened to you.”