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Subject:Fundamentalist Bible Thumping
Time:09:10 am
From: "Dave Johnson"
Subject: [UUCF-L] fundamentalist Bible-Thumping

> I submit that if you read the Matthew and Luke accounts of Jesus' "40 days
> in the wilderness" (a phrase which should not be taken literally, read
on!)
> you will find that one of the biggest temptations that Jesus wisely
rejected
> was that of fundamentalist literalism.  As to whether or not he in fact
> resisted this temptation in practice, I place in evidence his rants
against
> Pharisee legalism, reported with greatest enthusiasm in Matthew and
> implicitly kept at bay with the proverbial 10-foot stick in the Gospel of
> Thomas.
>
> One of my favorite readings is a passage where Jesus whaps fundamentalists
> upside the head with their own weapon, inerrancy, with the statement "and
> remember, not one word of scripture can be changed!".  [sorry, don't
> remember the BCV citation off the top of my head].   He wasn't defending
> scripture, he was ridiculing their stance on scripture by proving to them
> that the stuff is quicksand, not a house built on a rock at all!  After
all,
> his Gospel was "the Reign of God", not "Sola Scriptura" as it is with most
Protestants.
>
> Now quick-forward to the adulteress scene in the Gospel of John:  Jesus
> scrawls something in the sand and the accusers [metaphorically "the
> Accuser", Satan, that's how the Aramaic doubletalk would have went] lose
> their foundation and walk away quickly hoping nobody will notice their
> collapse.  But, by God,  somebody did notice-- the accused woman, who just
> walked away from the grave with her life intact and her eyes wide open.
> Nobody had to twist her arm to get her to believe in an afterlife.  She
got
> her afterlife right then and there, and no belief was necessary.
>
> I love that scene:  it reveals so much about the kind of eyes through
which
> Jesus saw reality.  It was such a compelling view, that although it wasn't
> included in any of the earliest Gospels, it was told and retold and
> occasionally spliced into Gospel manuscripts until it finally took up
> permanent residence in manuscripts of the Gospel of John, where it was put
> in the most perfect of all places-- right before John's subtle expose of
the
"Born in Bethlehem" fiction found in Matthew and Luke.
>
> If any of y'all on this e-list are knowledgeable in the field of
ideological
> evolution, I hope you will offer us your comments on the evolutionary
> principles which led to this particular piece of tradition worming its way
> into the Empire's Biblical canon.
>
> --Dave J.
>
>
>
> > 
>
> > I've never understood the fundamentalist Jesus. It's hard to imagine him
> in a silk suit and pinky ring, loving only those who "deserve" it.
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