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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
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.
.                                                       2
(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 –
straight up.)

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.
.                                                       3
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.”