Date: August 24, 2021 03:13PM
> The lady in white who says...
> she thinks God is separating the sheep from
> the goats.
> The reporter asks which herd she is in and she
> says she’s a goat because she don’t wanna be
> no sheep!
I've read this comment from a number of people who are explaining why they don't want to take the COVID vaccine.
The parable of the sheep and the goats is big in JW-Land and even after all this time I remember it well. These folks are getting the whole thing backwards! In the parable (found in Matthew 25) it's the SHEEP that are on the good side. The GOATS are where you don't want to end up!
Here's the Bible passage explaining that the sheep are the ones who follow Jesus, the goats are the ones who don't get the happy afterlife.https://www.gotquestions.org/parable-sheep-goats.html
“The Parable of the Sheep and Goats is part of the Olivet Discourse. It is found in Matthew 25:31-46. A parable is a short, simple story of comparison. Jesus used parables to teach spiritual truths by means of earthly situations.
“Jesus begins the parable by saying it concerns His return in glory to set up His kingdom (Matthew 25:31). Therefore, the setting of this event is at the beginning of the millennium, after the tribulation. All those on earth at that time will be brought before the Lord, and He will separate them “as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left” (verses 32–33). The sheep are those who were saved during the tribulation; the goats are the unsaved who survived the tribulation.
“The sheep on Jesus’ right hand are blessed by God the Father and given an inheritance. The reason is stated: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me” (verses 35-36). The righteous will not understand: when did they see Jesus in such a pitiful condition and help Him? “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me’” (verses 39-40).
“The goats on Jesus’ left hand are cursed with eternal hell-fire, “prepared for the devil and his angels” (verse 41). The reason is given: they had opportunity to minister to the Lord, but they did nothing (verses 42-43). The damned ask, “Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?” (verse 44). Jesus replies, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me” (verse 45).
“Jesus then ends the discourse with a contrast: “They will go away to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life” (verse 46).”
If the people who are using religion/scripture to justify foregoing the vaccine recommended by public health all over the world can't even get the parable right (sheep good; goats bad) how can you trust the strength of their reasoning when it comes to choosing between a life-saving measure and a shot in the dark?
They've got it totally backwards! People: it's sheep good, goats not good. This woman, and countless others, are saying "I wanna be a goat". It would be to laugh. Except the repercussions are so not funny.
It's not without irony too that the passages include references to helping "the least of these", i.e., helping others, even strangers. Who are you helping by coughing a deadly virus all over everyone with the misfortune to be within your air space?