"Well, my friends," the preacher asserts, his countenance taking on an air of solemnity, "I’m sorry to inform you that such a plan can never work."
"What do you mean?" All three speak at once.
"Well, even if God allows you to make it back there, you won’t be effective in warning Adam and Eve. Don’t you see? The fall was meant to happen. Otherwise, the remedy could not have been either effective or appreciated."
"Yes! God has provided a remedy for sin and evil in the person of His son, Jesus Christ. He came and lived a perfect life in this sinful world; and then, He died on a cross to pay the penalty of sin, in order that if we believe in Him, our sins can be forgiven and we can became new creations in Him."
"That’s what you believe, eh?"
"That’s the gospel--the Word of God, friend. It’s what all men must believe or be damned to hell."
"But, man is basically good. He only needs a fresh start--a new chance. And that’s what we intend to give him."
The preacher smiles. "That, my friends, is what God has already given him in Jesus Christ, His divine son."
"Jesus Christ," asserts Walt, "was nothing but a prophet—a good teacher like Confucius or Buddha or Mohammed--definitely not, as you say, the divine son of God."
"Definitely not!" agrees Kerry.
Daniel nods his agreement as well.
"Well, my friends," says the preacher, "It looks as if we have a difference of views."
"It does so indeed!" responds Walt, "Let’s go, fellows!"
As they walk back to the hotel, they muse.
"That fellow must be crazy."
"Yeah! Everybody knows Jesus was a mere man--a mere historical figure like Washington and Lincoln."
"Certainly not Divine in any way."
"How could he have anything to do with a remedy for sin?"
"Speaking of sin, they sure had a lot of it in this time, didn’t they?"
"But did you see some of those gals back there? Woweee!"
"Now, be careful, Walt," cautions Daniel. "If we're going to try to save the world from sin, we ought to try to be as free from it ourselves as possible."
"Well, I was just noticing. Nothing wrong with that, is there? I mean, it’s only human, isn't it?"
“But, at what point does 'noticing' become 'sin'?"
"I think we can leave that point for the theologians to fight over."
Kerry catches sight of the hotel a short distance ahead. "At any rate, let’s forget about it for now and concentrate on getting a good night’s sleep, shall we? We’ve got a big day ahead of us tomorrow, I'm sure."
"Yeah! Wonder where we’ll land next."
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