Or more precisely: Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them (John 7.38).
Christian: It’s a metaphor. Jesus means it symbolically.
Me: Symbolically, how? A metaphor for what exactly?
Christian: The wonderful life-giving message that is the gospel.
Me: Which gospel? Jesus’s or Paul’s?
Christian: Oh, you’re splitting hairs. They’re one and the same.
Me: They most certainly aren’t, but we’ll let that pass for now. So by ‘living waters’ you mean that death-obsessed, rag-bag of negativity that fails to deliver in any way? (See all previous posts).
Christian: Well, I wouldn’t put it quite like that, but when one is reborn of the Spirit, then this wonderful feeling takes hold of you. That’s what we mean by ‘living waters’.
Me: I see. So all it comes down to is how good it makes you feel inside. ‘Living waters’ is just a metaphor for feeling good.
Christian: Oh, no, it’s more than that. It’s the Love that compels us to share the good news with others – that’s really what Jesus means by rivers of living waters.
Me: So banging on about hell and how the world is doomed (because, you know, gay people) and how only you know the Truth, is letting your love flow, is it? Is that what we see on sites like this, and this and this? Living waters of love? Or running sores of bile?
Christian: Well, those sites and those people aren’t representative of true Christians.
Me: That’s funny. They say the same about you.
Christian: Now you’re being unfair.
Me: And what’s more, there’s no reference to ‘rivers of living water’ flowing inside people anywhere else in ‘Scripture’. That’s another bit of made-up nonsense.
Christian: Oh, no, you’re mistaken about that. You must be. Jesus wouldn’t get a thing like that wrong.
Me: You know, maybe none of you have rivers of living water sloshing around inside you. Maybe this is just another of those idiotic things Jesus said, or was made to say about a hundred years after he lived, that means absolutely nothing at all.
Christian: Ma! He’s persecuting me.