Welcome to the Ordained Chaplains podcast. My name is Daniel Whyte III. I am the president of Gospel Light Society University. We are going through the book “Out of the Depths: An Autobiographical Study Of Mental Disorder And Religious Experience” by one of the pioneers of chaplaincy, Dr. Anton T. Boisen. This is episode #61.
Our Scripture Verse for today is Psalm 112:4 which reads, “Unto the upright there ariseth light in the darkness: he is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous.”
Our Ordained Chaplains quote for today is from C. S. Lewis. He said, “Look for yourself and you will find loneliness and despair. But look for Christ and you will find Him and everything else.”
In this podcast, we will continue discussing the book “Out of the Depths” by Anton T. Boisen. We continue today with “Chapter 4: A Little-Known Country” (Part 10):
Then I found myself in the Moon. The idea of being in the Moon had been present almost from the beginning of the week. Now this became an outstanding feature. The Moon seemed ordinarily quite far away, but really it was very near. The medical men knew about it and they had perfected a way of spiriting people away and burying them alive in a cell in the Moon, while in the meantime some designing person, a sort of double, would take their place in this world. Everything was run in a very strange way in the Moon. It was done in the most scientific manner. It seemed that it was the abode of departed spirits and all the interests were frankly and openly concerned with the problem of reproduction and of sex. Really it was quite appalling. It seemed that upon one’s advent in the Moon the sex was likely to change and one of the first things the doctors tried to determine was whether you were a man or woman. They had certain delicate instruments for determining that. When they examined me I heard them say in great surprise, “He is a perfect neutral.” It seemed that the needle was not deflected in either direction. I was thus not consignable to either side and thus they had no power over me. In that lay my hope of safety, also in the injunction, “Tell the exact truth,” instead of depending upon some token or password as others did. It was very important to be one’s guard, for it seemed that the had a peculiar custom of chopping off one’s head and sending one down an invisible chute to the lower regions. This was done in a matter of fact, scientific manner, just as they slaughter cattle in Chicago.
At one time I succeeded in climbing into the sun, but through some clumsiness, I managed to destroy the balance of things and my friends and relatives in the sun suffered heavily in consequence. Thousands and thousands of them lost their lives. Their blood seemed to gush into my throat and I was nearly strangled with it. I kept groaning, “My friends, my friends, my friends.” But I kept struggling in the effort to restore the balance and keep the floor of my room from tipping up and sending everything down to the lower regions.
I was engaged in this interesting occupation when the door opened and several men appeared, among them Dr. O’Brien. They had my clothing with them and they wanted me to put it on. It was of course part of a plot to undo me, so I refused and resisted. I had therefore the honor of being transported to Westboro in a strait jacket.
In our next podcast, we will continue with Part 11 of Chapter 4, “A Little Known Country”.
Now, if you have come across this podcast, and do not know the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour, allow me to show you how.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now this is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9-13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Until next time, my friend, God bless!