15th January 2013

“The total absence of humour from the Bible is one of the most singular things in all literature.”

Alfred North Whitehead1861 – 1947

6 Responses to “15th January 2013”

  1. electra Says:

    Supposedly Job and the whale has a bit of humor. The sailors are the pious ones who are the first to pray? Yeah, right…sailors have always had a reputation for being crass and having bad manners.

    Otherwise, yeah, not funny at all unless you’re just going for shock value.

  2. Kittie Says:

    I think it is hilarious. Jesus getting pissed off and killing the fig tree because it is out of season and he wants a fig… that is really a funny story… because now the joke is on him… he won’t ever get a fig from that tree… I always wonder why the author didn’t just have him magically produce fruit like he did the fish and loaves… why did he have him kill that tree?

    Also the story about Lot’s daughters thinking they would be able to “repopulate” the world between them – another story that is extremely humorus. Imagine how dumb they must have been?…and then how drunk do you have to get to have sex with your daughters… but still sober enough to perform… that story has to be intended as comedic. I can’t even think about it now without laughing…

  3. Terence Meaden Says:

    “I think it is hilarious. Jesus getting pissed off and killing the fig tree because it is out of season and he wants a fig… that is really a funny story… ”

    I have not encountered this story before. Do give a reference if you can, so we can study the wording.
    Is it metaphorical–that he wanted not a fig, but sex with a woman? And then by killing the tree, he ended the urge for ever?

  4. Sinjin Smythe Says:

    Terence if you want a reference read this: https://www.christiancourier.com/articles/646-why-did-jesus-curse-the-fig-tree

    Circular religio babble but its a reference.

  5. Terence Meaden Says:

    Thank you Sinjin Smythe.
    But, as you imply, what a waste of space all that babble is.

  6. Kittie Says:

    Really all you have to do is google it. It is also in the bible but we that book has had people to “study the wording” since it was first created – and as you will see with Sinjin’s reference(thank you Sinjin) people come up with some pretty convoluted reasoning to make whatever happens fit their beliefs.

    Divine warning.. indeed. How do we know that Peter didn’t “admonish” Jesus? He could have and probably did being that the story has him bring it up anyway and point it out to Jesus what he did… The apologist author of that explanation takes so much interpretational liberties but only on his side of the possibilities.

    As for sex and Jesus… evidently god was able to suppress that desire or need, but not hunger or thirst. go figure.

    My point was that I see a lot of hilariousness in the impracticality and exaggeration of the bible stories. Take for instance the birth story and the three kings, angels, stars and Murr. I thought my father-in-law was the king of inappropriate gifts for babies and young children – being that he is middle eastern he must have gotten his tips from the gifts that newborn baby jesus was presented with… Seems like Mary and Joseph would have been rolled and taken to the cleaners after being left with such valuable items in a barn with a donkey and a postpartem mom and baby…see that is funny! Plus – what did those kings do the next day? They see the baby – who they believe will be the “king of kings”… and they hand over some fancy smancy junk … then what? Let him go? They don’t want to take him back to the palace and influence him? Do they all meet up at a bronze age Starbucks to talk about it? Can you imagine the conversation with the queens when they got home? “So, did you see the baby? What did he look like? Could you tell if the schmuck claiming to be the father even remotely looked like the baby? How did the mom look? was she all bloated? How much weight do you think she gained?’ What did they name him?” Actually all you need to do is watch Ricky Gervais’ comedy show – the one where he reads directly from the bible – It is a scream.