Sunday, July 4, 2010

I...Am Your Father! Luke Chapter 7

Part 3 of my "I...Am Your Father!" series.
  • Verse 14: I overlooked something like this in Matthew: Jesus tells this man, who is dead, to get up. But Jesus addresses him as "Young man". Why? Because Jesus didn't know the young man's name, that's why.
  • Verse 28: "...among those born of women there is no one greater than John", again, if John is greater than Jesus, who was born of a woman according to the bible, then how can Jesus be God? He's not. And he never claimed to be, according to Luke, and Luke didn't think that he was, either. I've already pointed out that Matthew never records Jesus claiming to be God, in my analysis of Chapters 24 - 25 of Matthew. Mark never made any such statements either.
  • Verse 30: "But the Pharisees and experts in the law rejected God's purpose for themselves..." This is a common attitude among Christians: anyone who disagrees with me is clearly an unrighteous hypocrite. This is a childish view of human nature. Just as we see today, the Pharisees, experts in the law, and various other opponents of Jesus were not a pack of clones. Surely some of them were money-grubbing hypocrites, and surely many of them were quite sincere and devout and felt that Jesus was introducing dangerous heresy to the uneducated masses. It's dumb, to say the least, to act as though Jesus' opponents were all participants in some one-dimensional, monolithic, homogeneous, dogmatic club. I often hear similar claims made by Christians who want to defend Yahweh's hideous murder of millions of children and infants in the Noachian flood, or in the massacres of the Amalekites and the Midianites: they would have grown up to be murderous psychopaths, every last one of them. Look around you. People just are not this way, and they never have been.
  • Verses 37 - 38: A woman with debilitating self-esteem issues, no doubt hideously exacerbated by the backward culture she lived in, totally debases herself by wetting Jesus' feet with her tears, wiping his feet with her hair, and pouring perfume on them. If Jesus were a compassionate god, or even a compassionate person, he would not have let this woman degrade herself in this way. He would have encouraged her, comforted her, told her not to be so hard on herself. Further, just the fact that Jesus let anyone do this to him seems revolting. I can't imagine having any respect for someone, no matter how kingly, who allows another human being to treat him that way.
  • Verse 47: "...her many sins have been forgiven--for she loved much." Again, Jesus is making his plan of salvation very clear, and it has nothing to do with believing in your heart and confessing with your mouth that "Jesus is Lord." Further, love? She did not love much. She felt so horrible about herself, so unworthy, so vile, that she could think of nothing else to do but prostrate herself in order to get some much-needed love for herself. What she did to Jesus was absolutely not a sign of love for him. It was a sign of hatred for herself. The fact that he interpreted it as love proves that he is not only not God, but frightfully ignorant too.

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