Thursday, October 2, 2014

God's QC 10.7: Jesus: Meanie Or Dimwit?

Here I continue my thoughts on the disconnect between what the bible says about Jesus and what most people, superstitious or otherwise, tend to believe about him. In this video, I'll continue to explore the question whether Jesus can be considered a compassionate figure.

Now that we've spent a solid 20 minutes draining a sea of caustic sludge away from the Jesus character, have we finally found signs of compassion? No, but we have finally begun moving in the right direction. Now, rather than a bewildering nightmare, we just have a meanie.

Many of you have heard of the concept known widely as Hanlon's Razor. The idea is that that one should not attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity. So maybe, rather than a meanie, just a clueless dimwit. Or maybe both. To answer the question, let's look at Jesus through the eyes of his victims.

Of all the cruelty Jesus dishes out, he saves some of his best for his own disciples, Peter in particular. In Matthew Chapter 14, when Peter makes a gigantic leap of faith and then wavers slightly, Jesus fails even to notice the leap, but instead scolds Peter for doubting. In Chapter 16, Jesus announces to his disciples that he will soon be tortured to death. When Peter expresses perfectly sane and normal outrage, Jesus severely chastises him, calling him a stumbling block, even calling him Satan. In Chapter 26, Peter affirms his steadfast loyalty to Jesus. Rather than expressing the slightest warm sentiment in return, Jesus smacks him down with a good shaming, sniping that several times in the near future, Peter will deny that he even knows Jesus. A surprise in Chapter 17: Jesus pays Peter's taxes. It seems rather unfair that he doesn't pay taxes for anyone else, but perhaps some karmic force is at work here, providing a small consolation to Peter for the excess of bad treatment he receives from Jesus.

In Chapter 8, we see Jesus contemptuously dismissing the grief of a man who has just lost his father. Also in Chapter 8, he deliberately causes significant losses to innocent pig farmers. In Chapter 19, he verbally bitch-slaps a man for asking how to avoid hell. In Chapter 22, he announces that there is no sex in heaven. This, he could have kept to himself.

Jesus is clearly a racist, as he demonsrates in Chapter 10, when he expressly denies to the Gentiles and Samaritans the privilege of hearing the Gospel. There's more in Chapter 15, but now accompanied by worse than racism, at every possible level. A woman follows him and his disciples, begging them to heal her daughter, who is demon-possessed and suffering terribly. Jesus ignores her. The disciples, by now fully initiated to his hateful philosophy, fail to ask Jesus to help her, but instead urge him to send her away. Having no regard for real suffering, but not wanting his buddies to be inconvenienced, he obliges them, explaining to her that her terribly suffering daughter, having been born to the wrong parents, is ineligible for mercy. The woman falls to her knees and begs him again, and he rebuffs her again, calling her a dog. But when she pumps his ego by abjectly endorsing his slur, he is so flattered that he abandons all his principles. Having heaped breathtaking abuse on her for annoying him and his pals, he turns effusively generous when she engages his metaphor, rolling like a dog onto her back in wretched submission.

In Chapters 8, 9, and 15, we find Jesus commending and rewarding six different people for their exemplary faith. Strangely, he doesn't invite any of them to become his disciples, although clearly they would have been far more effective than the disciples he chose. Here, the stupidity explanation seems likely, given that he spends so much of his time complaining about the inadequate faith of his chosen ones. On top of stupidity, a pronounced failure of introspection, as he always blames them for their lack of faith, rather than simply admitting the truth: that he sucks at choosing disciples. Further examples of incompetence and finger-pointing can be found in Chapters 15 and 16, when he scolds them all for their inability to understand his badly presented, nonsensical teachings.

The character we have found in this video is perfectly summarized in Chapter 20. As Jesus departs the town of Jericho, two blind men call out, begging him for mercy. His response? "What do you want me to do for you?" Given the circumstances, only a bastard or an idiot would ask such a question.

That's 10.7. Thanks for watching.

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