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GOLDMINE 5'?m2f Cults, belief, faith, Bible reading

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AMY -- (enters, wearing backpack, carrying flashlight, shouts)
Here it is! I found it!

LIZ -- (follows, wearing backpack, carrying flashlight) It's
just a cave! Is this what we've been searching for all morning?

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AMY -- (sweeping flashlight all around) It's not just a cave.
It's an abandoned gold mine.

LIZ -- (sweeping flashlight all around) You mean somebody dug
out all of this rock?

AMY -- Yes. Where we're standing was solid rock before he
started digging.

LIZ -- I don't get it. We're half way up a steep mountain. There
were no roads coming up here. How could they get a machine all
the way up here to do all this digging?

AMY -- It wasn't a THEY, it was a HE. And HE didn't use a
machine. He did it by hand, with a pick and shovel.

LIZ -- You're kidding! All by himself?

AMY -- All by himself.

LIZ -- Wow! It must have taken him years to dig all this out!

AMY -- It did. The land office records showed that the miner
worked this mine for over ten years. They say he died with a
pick ax in his hand.

LIZ -- How do you know so much about this place?

AMY -- I ran across it when I was doing a research paper on
geology.

LIZ -- Sorry to disappoint you. But, I don't see any gold. I
hope you didn't come all this way thinking you were going to get
rich.

AMY -- No. I came here to talk about your new church.

LIZ -- My new church.

AMY -- Yes.

LIZ -- You came all this way and spent all morning searching for
a gold mine just to talk about my church?

AMY -- Yes.

LIZ -- This I've got to hear.

AMY -- Looking for a new church is a lot like prospecting for
gold.

LIZ -- I'm sure.

AMY -- No, really. Before a prospector spends his hard-earned
cash to stake a claim, he spends several days, even weeks or
months, surveying, poking around, and doing test digs.

LIZ -- Makes sense. I wouldn't buy a gold mine unless I found
gold first.

AMY -- In the gold-rush days, most of the prospectors didn't
find gold before they bought the land.

LIZ -- They didn't?

AMY -- No. The gold is usually deeper than you can dig with a
few shallow test holes. Gold is usually sandwiched between two
or more layers of a specific kind of quartz. The test digs are
to see if the quartz and other sandwich layers are present.

LIZ -- Well, obviously that prospector found the quartz and the
other sandwich layers.

AMY -- No.

LIZ -- No?! Then, why did he spend his money and the rest of his
life digging out all of (sweep flashlight broadly) THIS?

AMY -- The historians of his day coined a phrase for situations
like this. They said that the miner "married the mine".

LIZ -- He "married the mine"?

AMY -- Yes.

LIZ -- What does that mean?

AMY -- According to the historians, after some miners dig a few 
test holes, they quit looking for evidence and start looking for 
justification.

LIZ -- I don't get it.

AMY -- The more gullible prospectors stopped collecting evidence
before they had enough evidence to make an intelligent decision.
After a point their test digs were not for the purpose of
determining whether there was gold in the ground, but to justify
a premature decision.

LIZ -- Oh. So you think my decision to join my new church was a
premature decision?

AMY -- I think you married the mine.

LIZ -- How can you say that?

AMY -- Because every time I talk to you, you talk in the same
sound bites as the missionaries of your church.

LIZ -- What's wrong with that?

AMY -- If your new church is based on the Bible as they say it
is, your test digs into the Bible should be revealing some new
evidence, some of it FOR and some of it AGAINST your new church.

LIZ -- Well, I can tell you why I don't find any evidence
against my new church. There isn't any!

AMY -- How do you know? Are you READING the Bible every day?

LIZ -- Well, no. They've got me reading these other books and
pamphlets. They told me to set aside my Bible for a while. Oh,
no!

AMY -- What's the matter?

LIZ -- You don't suppose THEY married the mine, do you?

AMY -- There's only one way to find out.

BOTH -- Read the Bible.

LIZ -- But they said I wasn't ready to read the Bible, yet.

AMY -- Look what happens when you marry the mine and stop
looking for evidence. (waves flashlight broadly)

LIZ -- What happens?

AMY -- The historians said that the prospector who dug this mine
didn't find an ounce of gold. He lost everything to this mine,
including his life.

LIZ -- (turns to exit) Well, that's not going to happen to me.

AMY -- (follows) What are you going to do?

LIZ -- (exiting) I'm going to do some more test digs in my
Bible.

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