Friday, February 12, 2010

Funny Bible Quote #76

Then a teacher of the law came to him and said, "Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go."

Jesus replied, "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head."

Another disciple said to him, "Lord, first let me go and bury my father."

But Jesus told him, "Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead."

~ Matthew 8:19-22, NIV


  1. Apparently Jesus gets a little crabby when he needs a nap...

  2. Ginx, I'll give it to ya. Your follow-up comment was actually pretty funny.

  3. I guess it sounds kind of funny if you are just shallowly reading it in passing, but if you really think about it, if only for a moment, it makes a lot of sense.

  4. So is a fortune cookie...

  5. Ginx,

    Because you read the text like a true fundamentalist -- utterly literally -- you are incapable of seeing irony, sarcasm, metaphor. The text is ONLY funny if -- when read in its most literal sense, without any interpretive nuance or subtlety -- the reader KNOWS that he or she is being absurdly literal. But if the reader KNOWS this, then the reader also knows that Jesus Himself is not being literal here, and thus Jesus not only sounds interesting, the reader must admit to being aware of Jesus' deeper meaning.

    Clearly you recognize the deeper meaning.

  6. In my view, when one argues that the bible should be taken literally, it becomes unreasonable to follow.

    When one argues the bible should be viewed as a metaphor, it becomes so open to interpretation that no one can rightfully insist that Jesus is king of kings and lord of lords.


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