Work Title: The Might of Words
Work Author(s): Alex Moore
Byline: Alex Moore
Olymbrius ordered burning candles be brought to scorch Marina's body because she believed in the word of God. Areas of her flesh were blackened as though by brush fire, but her faith in God's word was unswervable. "Lord," she prayed, "Thou grantest me to go through this fiery trial. Make me worthy to pass through the water of baptism, that washed of sins I may enter Thy rest!" According to A.N. Bakhmeteva's Zhitia Sviatikh, the infuriated governor Olymbrius had Marina dragged from her continuous prayers in prison, bound, and boiled, but while she was submerged, her ropes miraculously became unknotted and she rose. Gone were her burns. Marina, born pagan, now saint and martyr of Antioch, was persecuted for her belief in prayer and the might of words.
Since the Tower of Babel, people have struggled with the meaning of words. Henry L. Carrigan, Jr., in his ForeSight Religion article "You Talkin' To Me: Speaking to God and Others," addresses this difficulty. He observes, "In some religions, preaching forms the center of worship, and so pastors and religious leaders pay careful attention to the ways that they craft words for public utterance." Religion publishers know that the sway of words can determine the difference between God's dining room and the devil's workshop. Carrigan discusses books that emphasize communication between God and man, referring to books on prayer, public speaking, and the power of words.
"Let's not play games with words," cautions Seth McEvoy in "Spoonful by Spoonful: Digging Graves at the Dinner Table." His ForeSight Health article admonishes that the term "epidemic" should not be used for this country's weight problem, because, for most people, the...