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The 'J' Word

Updated on February 2, 2012

The ‘J’ Word

(written in 1993)

After 42 years of discussing every point of view, of being the ‘devils advocate’ in all situations, I have finally found a subject that is taboo to mention in polite society, or what amounts to my circle of ‘friends’ at least.

I call it the ‘J’ word, because it seems to specifically be this word which offends people, which starts them saying ‘look everyone’s entitled to their own views, I just don’t want to discuss this’.


Why is this?

Well I asked some people I recently met, who don’t suffer from an aversion to the ‘J’ word, and they said it was something to do with collective guilt, so I tried asking some anti ‘J’ worders if this was so. Bad choice, they generally turn tail and find something else to do urgently, muttering ‘I can’t take this ****’.

It all seems rather odd to me, a child of the sixties who grew up believing that everyone was entitled to believe whatever they wished, that debated his way through all the cults, political systems and major religions of the world and who came to the conclusion that everyone was right, that whatever you believed was cool, that we were all entitled to ‘do our own thing’ provided we would allow everyone else to do the same, I passed through anarchy, knowing that if people would only try to understand it, they would realize that if everyone was truly anarchic, truly selfish, they would be truly self controlled, because anarchy (i.e. No Rules Whatsoever) can only function in a totally individually controlled environment.

Not many takers for that one either, although at least nobody refused to discuss it!

I reached a point where I totally worshipped the individual, placed their rights above all other considerations, stated that serial killers were also entitled to their life-style, that life was a sequence of random chance situations, with only the start and finishing points predetermined, but I believed that these points, of birth and death, were not preordained, just happened or were chosen by an individual.

Maybe I was right.

Maybe the resistance to the ‘J’ word is the right course of action for all these random life forms that seem to coexist with me.

Nobody ever accused me of being intolerant. (before )

I think the point when I began to question my own, and everyone else’s ‘free thinking’ was when I realized that the ’J’ word was taboo, when my friends started to say, ‘hey, look l think you may be getting into trouble believing this ‘J’ word ****’ or ‘don’t you think your being a little intolerant wanting to talk the ‘J’ word with me, when I don’t want to’ or even…‘I hope you won’t involve our child in the ‘J’ word stuff


What was different except that now I believed what the ‘J’ worders believed?

I still accepted everyone’s right to ‘do their own thing’, only now I was saying to them, “sure do whatever you want, but I believe only this ‘J’ word thing is right, and I want to tell you that you are in eternal danger when you refuse to even speak about the ‘J’ word”

Suddenly, once I started agreeing with the ‘J’ word stuff, I become taboo also; my sanity is called into question, I an accused of being narrow minded, bigoted, and in one memorable case blamed for the death of 6,000,000 Jews in the Second World War, and the ‘ethnic cleansing’ happening in Yugoslavia right now.

Friends of five years standing state that even though they have ‘defended’ my reputation in the past, they will feel that I am letting them down if I persist in pushing the ‘J’ word. I have had ‘friends’ tell me that they will have to terminate our ‘friendships’, if I carry on with this ‘J’ word stuff

I’m sorry but this all seems to be getting out of control, and for each incident of rejection or resistance to the ‘J’ word I get, I begin to believe in it more, I begin to believe that they, my friends of old, are blinkered like l used to be, that they should examine, like the free thinkers they think they are, why they cannot even say the ‘J’ word, except in scorn or profanity.

I hope I haven’t offended you by writing about the ‘J’ word, if I have…

May God bless you.

You ready for the 'jump'?


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    • aguasilver profile imageAUTHOR

      John Harper 

      10 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      Thanks Doc...

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      Dr. Wendy 

      10 years ago from Kentucky

      Great hub! I can't wait to read more.

    • aguasilver profile imageAUTHOR

      John Harper 

      10 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      Thanks Lone Star, this was the first thing I wrote as a believer.... good to see it still holds true, but disappointing that the world still holds that view!

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      Rod Martin Jr 

      10 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Go "J," go! You are da man, "J!"

      There, I said it. Feels good.

      Lovely hub!

    • Judah's Daughter profile image

      Judah's Daughter 

      10 years ago from Roseville, CA

      I wonder what it would be like if we shared the 'gospel' with a different name? Just wouldn't be the same...There's POWER in His NAME. It either brings salvation or judgment ~ there's really no in between. Hot or cold; life or death; that's what "J" is all about. Put your hands to the plow and don't turn back (Luke 9:62) ~ remember Lot's wife (Luke 17:32). GREAT HUB!!! LOVED IT!!!

    • aguasilver profile imageAUTHOR

      John Harper 

      10 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      Actually if I remember correctly I wrote it about 17 years ago, though it may have been first published five.... who cares!

      I also dislike Churchianity in the extreme, it's a false religion that inoculates folk against Christ.

      Not seen the film, but if I can I will, is it on YouTube?

      If I can see it, maybe I'll hub it too, let folk see two perspectives, cos though I would guess we both will trash it, we will probably trash it for different reasons!

      Cold be good to publish them together at the same time and link them?


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      10 years ago

      wow, serial killers? speaking of serial killers, there was one who really upset me. karla faye tucker. she killed an innocent woman in a very henious way, climaxing as she stabbed her in the throat with an icepick, then laughing about it. she of course blamed drugs and said she had been born again in prison and got a few hollywood stars on her side. i was glad to see her executed. she will answer to God for what she did.

      anyway, i see this was first written five years ago. i don't think 'Jesus' is a bad word anymore. well, not as bad as it used to be.

      i think what might be off-putting to some is not the exercising of free speech but the perception that they are bing witnessed to or preached at, maybe? you seem to be respectful to people and not using a pile driver to make your point, although some do. the film Jesus Camp was a good illustrator of that, how children are basically shamed and terrorized into being good for Jesus. i don't think Jesus would like that, as he was the Good Shepherd and loved children a lot. i might write a hub about that film, it is very thought-provoking. have you seen it?

      anyway, sorry to get off on a tangent. interesting hub!

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      11 years ago

      It is nice to look back and thank God for where He brought you from. When I first gave my life to God, I didn't have to worry about losing friends. That is when I found out who my real friends were. I know that we all have our own paths to take. God brings people in and out of our lives all the time. Each one is another chance to share Jesus with them. I know I enjoy it so much when I get to lift Jesus up and can feel His presence when we are talking about Him. Jesus said that if we deny Him here on Earth,He will deny us before His Father in Heaven.

    • aguasilver profile imageAUTHOR

      John Harper 

      11 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      Thanks Barb, it's always remained true to me as well, and serves as a reminder of how I used to think!

    • bwenzel100 profile image


      11 years ago from Florida

      Fabulous hub. Loved it! No surprise that Jesus, who brings us eternal salvation gets the most disdain from a world controlled by Satan! I am not ashamed to glorify His name rather than using it in vain and I am glad to know that others feel the same!


    • aguasilver profile imageAUTHOR

      John Harper 

      11 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      Many thanks Fred, this was the first Christian thing I wrote about 17 years ago... lot of waters flown under the bridge since then!


    • fred allen profile image

      fred allen 

      11 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

      Hi John- I just wanted you to know that I was blessed by this hub. You see that what is important is not what others think, but what God thinks! I stand with you!

    • aguasilver profile imageAUTHOR

      John Harper 

      11 years ago from Malaga, Spain

      Good of you to drop by and have a read.

      This was one of the first things I wrote as a believer in 1991, and when I started hubbing it seemed right to put it up.

      Stay Blessed,


    • AnythingArtzy profile image


      11 years ago from OHIO

      I love Jesus and am not afraid to admit it. I really enjoyed your hub. Have been saved for almost 11 years.

      Good to see another believer and brother in Christ on here.

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      Madame X 

      11 years ago

      Hey, I love the J word - we can be outcasts together! Fun stuff silver - never heard it put quite this way . . . :)


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