If You Can't Answer This, You Can't Answer Anything
July 9, 2013

Dear Theo,

First off, I know the answer, I want to know your answer:
In Matthew 5, Jesus said "Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Now, does that mean the meek will not make it to heaven?
Does it mean that only type A's will make it to heaven?
Does it mean that this earth is heaven?
How is that going to be accomplished?
If you can't answer this you can't answer anything.

Beatitudes

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Dear Beatitudes,

It sounds like you already have all the answers, but since you asked, here are some more for you—take your pick:

42.

The kingdom of Heaven is inside of you and outside of you.

It's not what goes into a man, but what comes out of him that defiles him...all manner of evil intentions, false witness, slander...and trying to trap unsuspecting advice columnists.

If none of these satisfy, try this on. It's an anagram of your throwdown, "If you can't answer this, you can't answer anything":

"Unsatisfactory Whine Contains Naughty Yawner."

Bless you, and may you be a blessing,

Theo

Who is Theo?

"Dear Theo" is written anonymously by three UCC ministers of different ages and backgrounds - one main writer and two respite writers. We're hoping the questions will span all kinds of topics: from sexuality and relationships to church culture and conflict to mental health, family drama, ethical and moral dilemmas, and everything in between.

Every week will feature a new letter and a new answer. Please write Dear Theo with your questions and problems by sending to deartheo@ucc.org. Letter writers identities will also ALWAYS remain anonymous.

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