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UP IS DOWN AND DOWN IS UP

Dauphin, 1978-79

This satire comes from times when I felt incredulous and scornful of the thinking of theologians. They shape and size God, formulate the things they think He is and does, analyze, dissect and put Him back together according to their notions and desires and tastes. They put Him in a neat box, gift-wrapped, ready to be reproduced and mass-marketed to the ignorant masses the world over who swallow religious doctrine as unsuspecting fish swallow bait, hook, line, sinker and rod.

 

Music & Lyrics by Victor N. Hafichuk

 

VERSE 1

It is commonly believed by small and great that God dwells in Heaven in royal estate,
That Satan in Hell lives in darkness and hate, that this will never change.

VERSE 2

God IS in Heaven and also in Hell, the psalmist does declare
And with sons of God in Heaven, says Job, Satan too is there.

VERSE 3

God is in Hell and Satan in Heaven the Scriptures testify
And only the sincere seeker of truth will faulty doctrine defy.

VERSE 4

God in Heaven, man on Earth and Satan in Hell is the creed,
Yet Satan walks to and fro in the earth and Emmanuel is
“God with us” we read.

VERSE 5

The Christian is seated in heavenly places, the heathen dwell in Hell,
Yet both walk the earth with Satan and God and where who is who can tell?

VERSE 6

To know the truth is to shed the lie and born full of lies we are;
It therefore takes a shedding of self and to all we’ve been taught we must die.

VERSE 7

The answer lies in the Spirit of God Who leads us to know all things,
And once we’ve discovered the answers we’ve sought,
To our souls peace and freedom He brings.