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What Humor Reveals

   More than anything else a person's humor tells what he is.  It 
   tells what his attitudes, viewpoints, values, etc. are.  It 
   reveals his true character more than anything else. That is the 
   reason there is so much pressure to laugh, or at least smile, 
   at a person's jokes.  Because not to smile is to reject his 
   humor and to reject his humor is to reject him. 

   What kind of humor would one expect in a true, born-again 
   Christian?  One would expect a humor that reflects the 
   attitudes, values and viewpoints of the Bible.  One would 
   expect a humor that revealed a character of honesty, integrity, 
   purity of mind, goodness, kindness, sincerity, etc.. 

   One very common sort of humor is risque humor.  People tell 
   off-color stories and assume you will be entertained and smile.  
   They flirt with an  attractive member of the opposite sex using 
   suggestive double thoughts and impure hints and assume the 
   other will enjoy it.  Men do this and women expect them to.  
   And women do it.  And both enjoy the game.  And whether it is 
   the risque story or the suggestive hint there is a social 
   pressure to go along with it.  If one doesn't respond favorably 
   to this kind of humor he is considered a "square", a "puritan", 
   etc..  Why do people engage in this kind of humor?  Why do they 
   joke in this way?  They are testing the other person out, 
   trying to see if his mind is as impure as theirs, to see if he 
   is as much a child of Satan as they are.  Oh, how Satan does 
   own the minds of the children of this world! 

   Oct 1974

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