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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Pen is Mightier than the Sword (04/08/10)

TITLE: A DOUBLE EDGED SWORD
By Colin Swann
04/14/10


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The statement: 'The Pen is Mightier than the Sword' poses the question: 'Is The Pen Mightier than the Sword?' And in one sense it is but not in another.

The pen is mightier on the inward working of the soul, spirit and mind of humankind but not mightier in affecting the outward events of history and of the present day. Great writers such as Kingsley Amis, Leo Tolstoy, Mark Twain, Victor Hugo, Virginia Woolf and William Shakespeare (to name a few) are not quite solving today's troubles of the world – not nearly so much as the sword is creating them.

However, the sword creates only fear and terror in the hearts of the normal masses of people. The writer can endeavour to bring an understanding of the whys and hows that the sword creates, and so offer hope of endurance until better times.

The writer is flawed – and so is the message. So there is a struggle for supremacy between the 'Pen and the Sword'. The sword mostly wins because it is forceful and direct, whereas the pen is reliant on too many flawed messages – often conflicting with each other.

Both the worldly pen and sword will fail and have failed. There is nothing really mighty about either! Yet it is true that the endeavours to rise to higher levels of humanity that writers can aspire to win in God's eyes against the destruction and fighting of man against man.

There is one true and living Pen and Word and that is Jesus Christ our Lord. He is both the true written and living Word. His words are sharper than the world's sharpest two edged sword. Hell opposes his words but he is forever the Victor. He has vanquished sin and death by the word of his mouth – his mouth is both the Greater Pen and Greater Sword.

By his words all things that were created came into being. He spoke and the universe was formed. His voice appoints all Christian ministry. The Christian writer has the task of offering a more pure message to the world. Offering hope in what seems hopelessness – presenting the one true Word to a floundering humanity.

You Christian writers, present only Jesus as the Truth and the Life. There is no other message for our warring world but hope through : Jesus the Word – Jesus the eternal Victor! THE ONLY VICTORIOUS PEN AND SWORD!


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/16/10
This is a powerful message and so very true.
Beth LaBuff 04/20/10
This entry challenges, teaches, and is also devotional in nature. I appreciated this, "the sword creates only fear and terror in the hearts…" and "The writer can endeavour to being an understanding of the whys and hows…" Thanks for this!