US humorist, novelist, short story author, & wit (1835 - 1910)
In many of his writings, Twain pokes fun at organized religion, and he takes the opportunity to do so in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. With Tom and his friends, Twain points out the superficiality of religious revivals. In the nineteenth century, religious revivals were a common occurrence in the summer. Here, all the boys “got religion”—momentarily, at least.
You can read 5 short humorous blasts against religion.
Mark Twain takes on Heaven and Hell, sinners and saints and showcases his own unique approach to the Holy Scriptures including Adam and Eve's divergent accounts of their domestic troubles, Satan's take on our concept of the afterlife, Methuselah's discussion of an ancient version of baseball, and advice on how to dress and tip properly in heaven. Behind the humor of these pieces, readers will see Twain's serious thoughts on the relationship between God and man, biblical inconsistencies, Darwinism, science, and the impct of technology on religious beliefs. The Bible According to Mark Twain is vintage Twain and is sure to surprise, delight, and perhaps shock modern readers.
Tomorrow's sermon is on the Mark 9:30-37. That scripture start off with Jesus telling them about his impending death, and they don't understand. They get into an arguement over who is the greatest. Jesus uses the object lesson a child to teach them a few things, that once again the Kingdom is not what you think it is. But I am not sure that the disciples understood that either.
But we are not so different from them, we have a hard time understanding what Jesus said and taught. But I think we understand a whole lot more than we admit and like Mark Twain those passages get to us and bother us.
Lord help us to understand what your words mean today, and how to live those out in our lives. Forgive us when we don't. And Lord even if the word bothers us, give us the grace to accept it, maybe with some humor.