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Response to RobertEarl (Original post)

Thu Aug 9, 2012, 09:24 PM

38. Why would I want to be a megalomaniacal religious fanatic?

Jesus, it has been said, had great power. - Only by people who never met him, years after he died. Not to mention all the editing later.

He could have done anything he wanted. - Apparently he just wanted to hang out with his bros, shooting off his mouth about everything under the sun. (Thanks, Blackadder!) And doing the occasional magic trick.

Oh, and he caused the Zombie Apocalypse of Jerusalem, according to Matthew. Which even I have to admit is kind of neat, and I'd love to see the movie based on it.

He could have been King... - Well, that was part of his problem. Judea already HAD a king, Herod Antipas. And like most kings, he didn't much care for competition. Especially not from scroll-thumping rubes with a habit of disturbing the peace.

At that time, there were entire regiments of ranting messiahs, crazed prophets and nutbar religious demagogues littering the Judean landscape.

One of them did lead a no-shit, full-blown rebellion against the state, which was crushed immediately by Pontius Pilate. But his name wasn't Jesus. He came along later, and he's only called "the Samaritan Messiah" by the Xians' favorite historian, Flavius Josephus.

But what he did was help the poor and freely healed the sick.

1. Well, not exactly. I recall an episode where Jesus orders some expensive oil to be wasted on washing his feet. Even one of his apostles complains that he should have sold the oil and given the money to the poor.

And those apostles are usually depicted as...um...well, not exactly the brightest torches in the Temple.

"The poor you will have with you always..." But it's REALLY all about ME ME ME! Ha! That's straight from the Gospel According To Ronald Reagan.

2. Freely healed the sick? How about the Greek woman who begs him to heal her daughter, and Jesus compares her to a "dog?" That story is told TWICE (Matthew & Mark), so it must be Really Important.

He eventually condescends to heal the girl. But as even Xian Apologeticist Kyle Butt M.A. (no, I didn't make that up - just Google him) is forced to admit:

"Even many religious writers and speakers view Jesusí statements to the woman as unkind, intolerant, racially slurred, and offensive."

Yay Lib'rul Jesus!

Oh, and welcome to DU! See, I'm one of the NICE atheists!

(Edited for spelling.)

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