Looking Gift Horses or Licking

Mom used to always say, “Never lick a gift horse in the mouth”. She was from Mississippi, so there was a little bit lost in translation. I didn’t know “lick”, was “look” until I was about 20. But is it good to take a gift horse without looking it over first? Usually gift horses have something wrong, and often expensively so.

Looking in the mouth can help you approximate the age and feeding ability. Do the teeth need floating or other care you may not be able to afford? If the horse is 35 and not 25, it’s going to die soon and that’s a whole series of problems when you have to deal with a thousand pound carcass. If your gift horse is a cow-hocked, ring-boned, spavined and foundered, maybe it best you don’t accept the gift after checking it out. Enter Religion.

It too is a “free” gift of salvation from sin. Sin you didn’t even know you had. Pointing out faults is a great way to make friends. Free to attend meetings and they’ll even throw in a free bible if you ask. But maybe first you should look under the hood? It is a money trick, and if you don’t “look”, be ready to take your “licks” when you find what’s below the surface. Just remember what free actually means to them, when to be in good standing you eventually have to pay. And you have to check your thinking cap in at the door. They’ll even tell you what to say, and everything else to believe. Don’t take my word for it, but do your own checking and remember if it’s a good deal, it will still be a good deal after you check it out. Missionaries will never tell you what the internet can.


Author: jimoeba

Alternatives to big box religions and dogmas

9 thoughts on “Looking Gift Horses or Licking”

      1. Too true. Religion does that to people. My former pastor was a bullshitting horse’s ass. He promised us gold but we ended up with more manure than our shovels could keep up with.

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        1. Literally the whole thing is propped up. It NEVER adds up To what is said. I know the scripture is used to point out what is wrong with the sinful, but I’d swear they are written about the clergy. Who consistently tells you one thing while you see another? Isaiah 5:20 and Matt 23 are about the clergy. Masterful deception

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  1. You are correct. One of my pastors claimed his spiritual gift was the gift of prophecy. Matthew 7 talks about false prophets saying “…A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit…Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.”

    I saw the “fruit” this man produced and it went against all he preached about on Sunday morning. I’ve wondered why verses about sinfulness don’t cause personal reflection within the clergy. Do they not see their hypocrisy and the need to change their ways or do they not care because of how lucrative religion is?

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  2. Be careful. Make sure you know who’s teaching you your lessons. You never know who’s been on the receiving end before you. You may end up spreading more than just the gospel.

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