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Three random fictitious conversations between Cornelius and Abraham about Baseball. That might have taken place at various times in history… But did not!

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Cornelius: “Greetings, Abraham! How goes your wandering today?”

Abraham: “It goes well, Cornelius. But what is this strange object you hold in your hand?”

Cornelius: “Ah, this is a ball. It’s used for a game called ‘baseball’.”

Abraham: “Baseball? I have not heard of such a thing. Tell me, how does one play this game?”

Cornelius: “Well, there are two teams. One team throws the ball and the other team tries to hit it with a wooden stick.”

Abraham: “That sounds peculiar. What is the point of this game?”

Cornelius: “The point is to score runs by running around four bases without being tagged out by the other team.”

Abraham: “Interesting. It sounds like a test of skill and strategy.”

Cornelius: “Indeed it is. And it’s also a great way to bring people together and foster sportsmanship and teamwork.”

Abraham: “Ah, I see. That reminds me of a concept from the Old Testament – ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’.”

Cornelius: “Yes, that’s a great principle to apply to baseball. It’s important to treat your opponents with respect and kindness, even if you’re competing against them.”

Abraham: “And another principle that comes to mind is ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you’.”

Cornelius: “Absolutely. It’s important to play fair and be a good sport, just as you would want others to do for you.”

Abraham: “I think I understand the value of this game now. It’s not just about winning or losing, but about how we treat others while we play.”

Cornelius: “Precisely. Baseball can teach us valuable lessons about unity, sportsmanship, and treating others with love and respect.”

Abraham: “Thank you, Cornelius. I may have to try this game of ‘baseball’ one day.”

Cornelius: “You’re welcome, Abraham. Just remember to play with a spirit of love and honor, and you’ll always come out a winner.”

Baseball Debate

Cornelius and debate Baseball

Cornelius: Greetings, Abraham! Have you heard of the new game called baseball?

Abraham: Baseball? No, Cornelius. I am a nomad, I wander the desert with my camels. What manner of sport is this?

Cornelius: It is a game played with a ball and a bat. Two teams compete to see who can score the most runs by hitting the ball and running around the bases.

Abraham: (chuckles) You Romans and your ball games. In my day, we played games with stones, sticks and even our own feet.

Cornelius: (smirks) Well, times have changed, Abraham. Baseball is the new thing. The thrill of a home run, the roar of the crowd…it’s exhilarating!

Abraham: (shakes head) You Centurions and your need for excitement. In the desert, we find joy in simple pleasures. A cool drink of water, a starry night, and a good conversation.

Cornelius: (rolls eyes) Yes, yes, I know. But don’t knock the game until you try it. It’s not just about excitement, it’s about strategy, teamwork, and skill.

Abraham: (raises eyebrow) Strategy? Teamwork? Skill? Sounds like a military campaign, not a game.

Cornelius: (laughs) Ah, you are a jester, Abraham. But I assure you, baseball is more than just hitting a ball. It requires precision, timing, and finesse.

Abraham: (shrugs) I shall take your word for it, Cornelius. But tell me, what do you get from all this running around and hitting the ball?

Cornelius: (puffs chest) A sense of victory, of course! And bragging rights to my fellow Centurions.

Abraham: (smirks) Oh, I see. Well, in my day, the greatest accomplishment was to lead a good life and leave a positive legacy for your family and community.

Cornelius: (chuckles) A noble sentiment, Abraham. But I prefer to leave my mark on the field. To be remembered as a great ballplayer.

Abraham: (raises eyebrows) Truly? Well, I suppose to each his own. But tell me, Cornelius, how much time do you spend playing this game?

Cornelius: (shrugs) Oh, a few hours here and there. Why do you ask?

Abraham: (laughs) In my line of work, a few hours can mean the difference between life and death. My camels don’t stop for a game of ball. We have things to do, places to go.

Cornelius: (grinning) Yes, but can your camels hit a home run, Abraham?

Abraham: (laughs) Touché, Cornelius. Touché.

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Some Fun

Let’s go with ‘Twenty Questions’!

Cornelius: Okay Abraham, I’m thinking of something related to sports. You start with your first question.

Abraham: Is it a team sport?

Cornelius: Yes, it is.

Abraham: Is it played with a ball?

Cornelius: Yes, it is!

Abraham: Is it a popular sport in America?

Cornelius: Absolutely. Your turn.

Abraham: Does the sport involve running?

Cornelius: Yes, it does involve running.

Abraham: Is it soccer?

Cornelius: No, it’s not soccer.

Abraham: Is it basketball?

Cornelius: No, not basketball either.

Abraham: Okay, it must be American football.

Cornelius: Nope, not football.

Abraham: Alright, it has to be baseball then.

Cornelius: Yes, you got it! It’s baseball.

Abraham: Nice, okay. Is it a summer sport?

Cornelius: It sure is.

Abraham: Does the sport involve a bat?

Cornelius: Yes, it does involve a bat.

Abraham: Is it played professionally?

Cornelius: Yes, it’s played professionally in different countries, but Major League Baseball is the most popular.

Abraham: Does it have nine innings?

Cornelius: Yes it does!

Abraham: Do players wear gloves?

Cornelius: Outfielders and infielders wear gloves, but not the pitcher.

Abraham: Is stealing a common tactic in this sport?

Cornelius: Yes! It’s called stealing bases, and it definitely is common.

Abraham: Is there a specific position called the catcher?

Cornelius: Absolutely. You know your baseball well!

Abraham: Thank you, Cornelius. That’s 20 questions!

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About Cornelius from the New Testament

Cornelius was a centurion in the Roman army stationed in Caesarea, and he was also a devout God-fearing man. According to Acts 10, an angel of the Lord appeared to Cornelius, telling him to send for a man named Peter in Joppa. Cornelius obeyed the angel’s instructions and sent for Peter.

Peter arrived at Cornelius’ home and shared the gospel with him and his household. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and Cornelius and his family were baptized. This event marked a major turning point in the spread of Christianity, as it showed that God’s grace was not just for the Jews, but for all people.

Cornelius’ faith and obedience to God’s instructions led to the salvation of himself and his household. His story serves as a reminder that God is no respecter of persons and that anyone can receive salvation through faith in Jesus Christ (Acts 10:34-35). It also shows that obedience to God’s word can lead to great blessings and even the salvation of others (Acts 10:33).

About Abraham from the Old Testament

Abraham is considered a patriarch, a key figure in the history of Christianity and Judaism. Born Abram, he was called by God to leave his homeland in Ur and journey to Canaan, where God would give him and his descendants a new home. Abraham’s faith in God was steadfast, even when he faced great challenges, like being asked to sacrifice his son Isaac.

Abraham’s story is chronicled extensively in the Old Testament, and his faith is often held up as an example for Christians and Jews. In the New Testament, Abraham is seen as an ancestor of Jesus Christ, and his faith is referenced as an important factor in our salvation. For example, in the letter to the Romans, the apostle Paul writes, “What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, discovered in this matter? If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about—but not before God. What does Scripture say? ‘Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.’” (Romans 4:1-3)

Abraham’s legacy extends beyond his faith; he is also remembered for his hospitality and generosity. In Genesis 18, he welcomes three strangers into his home and provides them with food and shelter, demonstrating the importance of kindness and compassion.

Overall, Abraham’s life and faith stand as a powerful example of the ways that God can work through his people, even in difficult and trying circumstances. As Christians and Jews continue to reflect on his legacy, we are inspired to live with faith, generosity, and compassion.

About Baseball

Baseball is not just a game, it’s a way of life. Born in the United States, it has become a beloved sport around the world. It’s a game of endurance, strategy and teamwork. For Christians, baseball can provide valuable lessons for life, such as persevering through tough times, being patient and helping others.

We can also find spiritual analogies in the game of baseball. For instance, playing fair, not cheating, and following rules is important in both baseball and life. We can learn from baseball’s values of forgiveness, respect, and trustworthiness. We are created to live in community with others, just like a baseball game is a team sport.

In the end, baseball is a game that allows us to bond, share experiences and build relationships. Whether you’re a player or a fan, baseball can be a healthy and valuable part of your life. At the center of it all should be Christ, the ultimate teammate and the One who empowers us to live a faithful and fruitful life.

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