Shipbuilders

by twofiftyorless

Professionals made the Titanic, amateurs make the ark.

I was driving down the road and saw these words of “inspiration” on a sign in front of a Catholic Church and laughed at the irony.

My wife, a semi-devout Catholic (if there is such a thing), has recently brought home the family’s “Easter gift” from her church. The book was titled Rediscover Catholicism by Matthew Kelly. Curious what wisdom the church is trying to disseminate amongst its flock, I opened the book to a random page and read:

The Bible is the most profound and sublime collection of writings in human history. It therefore goes without saying that these writings are difficult to understand. Individual interpretation of the Bible is a very slippery path that leads people to great confusion, heartache and distress… This is why the Catholic Church has, in her wisdom, so vigorously defended her sole right to interpret the meaning of the Scriptures throughout history.

Later today, as I drove past the church, I smiled. It turns out that the church would be more than willing to let a single amateur build a boat that can hold 2 million creatures, store 40 days of food and fresh water, and withstand the strongest storm the God has ever unleashed upon the earth, but heaven forbid an amateur try to read and interpret Scripture. (Yes, pun intended).

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