Saturday, June 22, 2013

The Sword of God, A Saturday Centus


I'm back once again to participate in week 166 of Jenny Matlock's Saturday Centus, a fun and challenging literary meme that is an exercise in concise writing.  

You can visit Jenny's blog, off on my tangent, and share your own 100-word story or poem for the rest of us Centusians to enjoy by clicking on her button below.

This week Jenny has provided us a photo in lieu of a word prompt and instructed us to write a 100-word piece about this image.  What follows is my effort for this week.  I have entitled it:

The Sword of God

It was inevitable.

He’d seen enough torment and death.

For centuries man twisted His teachings of love and compassion for one another to fit their narrow-minded, prejudiced view of the world and to control and discriminate against those who didn’t conform.

Tonight there was no escape from His wrath.

Around the world lightning flashed, silencing those blasphemous voices that stirred the masses into a frenzy of anger, fear and intolerance in His name, while profiting from this wickedness.

Sadly, with the dawn new voices emerged, twisting His lesson as divine affirmation to continue their self-righteous, hateful ways.

The hypocrisy continued.

Jenny Matlock

"We preach peace, forgiveness, tolerance and love. We practice vengeance, persecution, hatred and domination. My personal beliefs are supported and validated by my convictions. Oh, and never forget .... my religion is truth, yours is a lie." 
           — Religion, paraphrased (unknown)



  1. Ah, very good. And sadly, so true!

  2. We just don't seem to be able to get it right, do we? I begin to think that maybe we don't have it in us...but then, I can't quite accept that either.

    Well done, Tom. And so good to see you!


  3. Very powerful words, Tom. Over the years, I have become such a firm DISBELIEVER in any organized religion.

    I haven't written my centus yet, and now I am taking my granddaughter to the beach for a few hours. I hope you will check my blog later to see what I come up with for week 166.

  4. Wow. I'm with you 100% on this one, Tom. I often think God should have quit on Friday while He was ahead. Powerful writing, my friend.

  5. Whoa, well done Tom !

    Many of us DO get it right and are kind and compassionate without all that goes with what you described in this excellent writing...guess I'm an optimist about us humans here on Earth !!! ;)

  6. Too true, written beautifully.

  7. You are my writing hero.

    The pinnacle of my trudge up word mountain.




    Did I say that all out loud?





    I'll just say wow.

    God would really like this.

  8. Wow! This is so beautiful...well done.

    Have a lovely weekend.

  9. Very well written! So good, and so sadly true. I love your thought provoking posts! Great job!


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