Friday, May 08, 2015

WWJD do about the Mohammed cartoons?

Bill O'Reilly insists that Jesus would denounce Pamela Geller's Draw Mohammed Contest, so as not to gratuitously offend people, I assume. If we're talking about innocent people going about their daily lives, I suppose you could posit that reaction.

But what about offending murderous fanatics who are willing to kill those who defy them? Did Jesus encounter any of those?

Let's take a look:

In Mark 2 we have several instances wherein the scribes (academics) and Pharisees (religious rulers) questioned Jesus' blasphemous and irregular behavior: when he forgave the palsied man's sins (v.5-6), when he ate and drank with sinners (v.15-16), when they noticed that his desciples did not fast (v.18), when he and his disciples harvested grain on the Sabbath (v.23-24).

Jesus was violating their petty little rules right and left. These were not rules established by Moses but rather had accumulated after centuries of tradition, wherein the ruling classes sought to codify and micromanage every aspect of the people's lives.

And here was this upstart from Nazareth, brazenly violating the rules and causing much offense.

 In Mark 3:1-6 we have this (emphases mine):
1 And he entered again into the synagogue; and there was a man there which had a withered hand.

2 And they watched him, whether he would heal him on the sabbath day; that they might accuse him.

3 And he saith unto the man which had the withered hand, Stand forth.

4 And he saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? to save life, or to kill? But they held their peace.

5 And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.

6 And the Pharisees went forth, and straightway took counsel with the Herodians against him, how they might destroy him.
Knowing full well the intent of their hearts -- knowing how "offended" they were because of Jesus' many infractions -- he went ahead and healed a man in the synagogue on the Sabbath, RIGHT IN THEIR FACES.

Notice how in verse 5 he looked at them angrily, because he knew what hypocritical, lying sacks of excrement they were. He knew they had the ability as well as the desire to kill him.

Notice that instead of being astounded by the miracle, they straightway began to plot his destruction. Who does that? Misguided men or men given wholly over to evil?

After that incident, did Jesus moderate his behavior to appease them? Did he attempt to avoid causing offense?

Not in the least.

In fact, he repeatedly berated them for their corrupt religious teachings and practices, and kept doing it until they finally caught him and delivered him up to the Romans for execution. (Only Rome could administer the death penalty, so they had to find a reason for the Romans to find him threatening. That's why Pilate asked whether he were the King of the Jews, i.e., a subversive who wanted to overthrow the Roman occupation.)

So how would Jesus respond to Muslim fanatics who impose a false standard of blasphemy on the populace?

Judging from the record, whaddaya THINK?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Too many people view Jesus as a fluffy bunny.