Chapter XIII Is It Good Or Bad?

October 20, 2016

Chapter XIII Is it Good or Bad?

When Paul came home from work Mary was waiting for him in the front yard. She had mate ready for him to drink with her. She was reading one of the little books that Dr. Alvarez had left with them the day before. Paul sat down to drink mate with her. He said, “I don’t know if it’s because of the influence Dr. Alvarez has had on me, or what it is, but I feel like I’m changing. When I was younger I didn’t want anything to do with religion. Now I have more interest in the things of God. Just a few months ago, when the Alvarez family arrived, I decided I wasn’t going to have anything to do with their religion. Now, I don’t know, but it seems like I’m changing my opinion.”

Mary said, “Well I don’t see anything wrong with what the Alvarez family is doing. I don’t know what it’s going to lead to. I still have some doubts about it all, but what gives me a good opinion of it is that Dr. Alvarez is just teaching us what the Bible says. It isn’t just his opinion. From these little books he left with us, it’s obvious that the Bible agrees with what he is teaching.”

Then they both started studying where they left off the night before in the little books. They didn’t get finished before it started to get dark and Mary went in the house to get their evening meal ready.

The next day Paul’s boss said to him, “Paul, they tell me that you and your family are getting involved in the religion that the veterinary is propagating. Watch out. He is deceiving people. His aim appears to be to divert people away from the church. It sounds like a cult to me. You and your family are going to be left in shame and disgrace if you accept what he is teaching. What’s more, I don’t want any one working for me who is a religious fanatic. What’s wrong with the church? We don’t need another religion here in Chilecito.”

Paul said, “Well, so far I haven’t seen anything wrong with what he is doing. They are good people. He is just teaching us what the Bible says. Let’s wait and see.”

His boss said, “I’m just warning you for your own good. There isn’t anything good about what he is doing. I’ll be happy if I don’t hear anything more about this new religion.”

What is going to happen now? Is Paul at risk of losing his job and the good relationship he has with his boss? Will they continue to attend the Bible studies? In future chapters we will learn more about the Parks family.


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