Friday, April 6, 2012

Gospel of Luke 16-20

Luke 16-20

So, A rich guy dies and goes to hell and a poor guy goes to heaven.
Why? because the rich guy was rich and the poor guy was poor.  At least that's the only information we get from the parable.
The rich guy also seems like a nice guy, trying to warn his family of the horrors that await.

This line seems to say 'Forgive those who do wrong against you only if the they say are sorry.'  I'm I mis-interpreting this?

17:3 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.

Jesus tells us we don't have to be gracious to others (and he seems to endorse slavery).
17:7 But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat?
17:8 And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink?
17:9 Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not.
17:10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.

Jesus is a little disappointed that only one leper in ten thanked him for being cured.  I would be too.

The Son of Man tells us that we won't see the end of the world coming.  Just like humans before the flood and the good folks in Sodom, we'll be happily going along with our daily lives when all hell breaks loose.  maybe literally.

I think Jesus' message is clear, 'Eat, drink, go shopping and be merry because today could be your last."

I found this nugget very interesting;
18:20 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother.
Jesus list five commandments of the ten.  Which ones?  The ones that have nothing to do with god.  
Jesus was a Humanist!!!

19:30-37 repeats the story of Jesus taking something that doesn't belong to him, breaking a commandment that HE JUST SAID we should keep!  

I'll also again point out that Jesus is deliberately and consciously fulfilling the known prophesies.
'This is what the OT prophets said would happen, therefore, that's what I'm going to do.'  Hardly a sign of divinity.

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  1. On Jesus taking the colt, he might not have been borrowing it without consent. He is depicted as knowing it was there so may well have made prior arrangements with the owner. After all the disciples after saying "the Lord needs it" weren't stopped from taking the colt.

  2. @Erp,
    Gonna have to disagree with you on this. I think the story is told to;
    A) help fulfill the prophesy
    B) show that Jesus is all knowing
    C) demonstrate that those who make the law are above the law (just kidding).