Fun with the Bible: The Beginning of Proverbs

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despire wisdom and instruction.”

– Proverbs, 1:7

The book of Proverbs is known as Wisdom literature, and would be grouped with books like Job. They zoom out to an enormous degree and provide us with words and ideas about the ways that the universe works that are far more general than the specific stories or prophecies found elsewhere in the Bible.

The book of Proverbs is a large compendium of accepted wisdom – wisdom of the elders, if you will. The idea is that, by reading it and understanding the value it offers, we can avoid making the same mistakes that others have made and learn from their shared wisdom.

The premise is that the world works a certain way. If you do x, y will happen, and this book has compiled all of the dos and don’ts of the x’s and says, We’re making it easy. Take advantage. Enjoy the y’s.

It’s a fascinating book because it conveys a particular value system and allows us to evaluate where our values overlap with values that are thousands of years old. Some things really are universal.

Take a look and see what you find.

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Missionaries, the Bible and Conservative Christianity are all Parts of South Park Episode 311, “Starvin’ Marvin in Space”

Last week we got the pleasure of seeing the original Starvin’ Marvin episode and this week Comedy Central has decided to give us the premier Starvin’ Marvin episode. This is absolutely one of my favorites.

It begins with Marvin in the Bible class of a white missionary to Ethiopia named Sister Hollis. She is trying to woo the Ethiopians into Christianity by promising them food in exchange for accepting Jesus as their savior. They try to eat the Bible.

The plot of the episode is that Marvin finds an alien spacecraft and takes it around the world in search of a home for his people where they can have food and not missionaries. He winds up in South Park and the boys go with him to an alien planet called Marklar. The aliens say that they can bring Marvin’s people there, but when they return to get them the missionaries follow them to Marklar to spread the Bible.

The episode turns into a Star Wars spoof with Sally Struthers as Jabba the Hut, and with the Missionary 600, whose expoits are chronicled by Pat Robertson, the face of the Christian Broadcasting Channel (actually CBN and The 700 Club).

On Marklar, where everything and everyone is referred to as Marklar, Kyle tells the Marklars:

Marklar, these marklars want to change your marklar. They don’t want Marklar or any of these marklars to live here because it’s bad for their marklar. They use Marklar to try and force marklars to believe they’re marklar. If you let them stay here, they will build marklars and marklars. They will take all your marklars and replace them with Marklar. These marklar have no good marklar to live on Marklar, so they must come here to Marklar. Please, let these marklars stay where they can grow and prosper without any marklars, marklars,  or marklars.

How sensational. And the Marklars agree to let the Ethiopians stay and make the missionaries go.

“But you know you’ll burn forever in eternal hellfire,” the missionaries say.

“Yes, that’s nice. Thank you for stopping by.”

Awesome.

I love this episode.

What do you think of this episode? What’s your favorite part.

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