Was Jesus Good? The Charlotte's Web connection...
About Charlotte's Web, from Wikipedia "The novel tells the story of a pig named Wilbur and his friendship with a barn spider named Charlotte. When Wilbur is in danger of being slaughtered by the farmer, Charlotte writes messages praising Wilbur (such as "Some Pig" ) in her web in order to persuade the farmer to let him live."
We've been told all our lives about how 'good', 'perfect' and 'without sin' jesus was said to be. The truth is, we don't know because the four pamphlets that comprise his only biography are at best sketchy about his personal life and decidedly slanted for the public view. He may have been (if he existed at all) a pretty good guy. Or, he may have been given to banging two shekel hookers by the dozen while swilling his own miraculous wine and performing the epic 'pull my finger' miracle for the boys... we just don't know.
Let's see how 'good' Jesus was.
"Luke (2:43-49) When Jesus' parents begin the long trip back to Nazareth, the twelve year old Jesus stays behind, without asking their permission. Mary and Joseph search for him for three days and when they finally find him, Jesus doesn't apologize. Rather, he blames them for not knowing that he was doing his father's business."
I don't know about you guys, but if one of my kids, at 12 had disappeared for 3 days, 'good boy' wouldn't have been one of my descriptives. Thoughtless, arrogant, and narcissistic all come to mind.
And how about this?
"Matt 21:17-19 And he left them, and went out of the city into Bethany; and he lodged there. Now in the morning as he returned into the city, he hungered. And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away."
Is this the 1st century equivalent of kicking the candy machine that didn't give you what you wanted? It would be more like torching the machine, so NO ONE would ever get use out of it... a bit self centered.
Let's examine my favorite example of the prince of peace in action. First, a little set up. 1st Century Jews had to attend Temple, and, they had to make animal sacrifices, Oxen, Doves, Lambs etc. And like every church since the beginning of time, they had to give cash because god needs money. This could cause problems in a cosmopolitan multicultural society, as the coinage available was often literally not kosher. Remember, 'no graven image'... no coins could be offered that had a human or animal depicted, which meant almost all Greek and Roman currency. Thus, Money Changers were essential to keeping the Temple running along smoothly, as were those people who hawked small creatures for ritual slaughter.
John 2:11-16 "...and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables; And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise. "
The man had issues... being 'good', 'sinless'.... 'perfect'... wasn't one of them.
Christianity: A disgusting middle eastern blood cult, based in human sacrifice, with sacraments of cannibalism and vampirism, whose highest icon is of a near naked man hanging in torment from a device of torture.