Gallows Humor on Spiritual Gifts

( as found in Cybersalt, )

During the French Revolution, there were three Christians who were sentenced to die by the guillotine. One Christian had the gift of faith, the other had the gift of prophecy, the other had the gift of helps.

The Christian with the gift of faith was to be executed first. He was asked if he wanted to wear a hood over his head. He declined and said he was not afraid to die. “I have faith that God will deliver me!” he shouted bravely. His head was positioned under the guillotine, with his neck on the chopping block. He looked up at the sharp blade, said a short prayer and waited confidently. The rope was pulled, but nothing happened.

His executioners were amazed and, believing that this must have been an act of God, they freed the man.

The Christian with the gift of prophecy was next. His head was positioned under the guillotine blade and he too was asked if he wanted the hood. “No,” he said, “I am not afraid to die. However, I predict that God will deliver me from this guillotine!” At that, the rope was pulled and again, nothing happened. Once, again the puzzled executioners assumed this must be a miracle of God, and they freed the man.

The third Christian, with the gift of helps, was next. He was brought to the guillotine and likewise asked if he wanted to wear a hood. “No,” he said, “I’m just as brave as those other two guys.” The executioners then positioned him face up under the guillotine and were about to pull the rope when the man stopped them. “Hey wait a minute,” he said. “I think I just found the problem with your guillotine.”


Fun Links

Some fun-links to try out.

  • Humor columnist Tim Bete
  • Bruce Cameron, a good humorist; his stuff translates well over the Web.
  • Funology, a site just for fun, for all ages.
  • horn+swaggled blog, that dabbles in religion-world satire
  • Laugh and Lift 🙂
  • The Leviathan, which puts the ‘fun’ back in fundamentalism. (Y’mean there was some?)
  • Try it just for laughs.
  • Peggie’s Place, Peggie Bohannon’s pleasant place to stop off during a long
    hard night’s Netsurfing. (Bohannon also is one of the pioneer Christian believers on the Web.)
  • the Phantom Tollbooth. (Not easy to describe; you have to dig into it to get a grasp of it. Enjoy!)
  • the long-running Ship of Fools satirical magazine. I’d never even heard of them until I stumbled onto this web home for the bizarrly faithful. Also, their digital Church of Fools, and their version of the history of saints, Loose Canons.
  • one version of the origin of April Fool’s Day.
  •, a good resources for checking over those on-line hoaxes and ‘urban legends’.
  • A check-up for your attitude, with
    Dr. Thorson’s Humor Scale