Thursday, February 19, 2009

Would You Ever Resort to Violence...If You Were Jesus?

“ [Jesus] made a scourge of cords (whip), and drove [the money changers] all out of the temple, with the sheep and the oxen; and He poured out the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables.” (John 2:15)

Here The Bible accuses Jesus of being little more than a vandal, a pissed-off wild-eyed rabbi abusing animals and scoundrels. Would you do that, if you were Jesus and possessed supernatural power? You'd lower yourself to whip men and innocent animals?

Or would you perhaps perform a simple but profound miracle, equal in simplicity and effect to changing water into wine. Say, changing coins into bread, a lesson to the crass godless money changers. Whip them, they'll curse you and keep on gouging the rubes; convince them, and they'll praise you and change their ways, yes?

Think on the context and possible outcomes, kids. See if you wouldn't make more of an impact...if you were Jesus.

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