Saturday, June 7, 2014

MULTIPLY THE FISH AND THE BREAD

But turning water into wine, virgin birth, resurrection and other nonsense are miracles I can't buy.



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We can only deal with this so-called “miracle” if we put it into perspective. First of all, the notion that there were “thousands” of people gathering to follow Jesus is perhaps an allegory, an exaggeration. There may have been “thousands” who followed Jesus, but they were not gathering as described on that Passover day.

What may have happened is that the local baker, having baked his goodies that day and with the scarcity and poverty of the day...there was nobody to buy it, so he was left with all this bread. Then the fisherman who went fishing that day had a record catch...he ran into a school of fish and was hauling them into the boat like never before. But as we all know, fish without refrigeration spoils almost immediately. So the fisherman knew that there was a crowd and he brought the catch of the day, which was plentiful and he knew because again, poverty and misery was upon their land...he would not have sold the fucking fish...so he gave them away.

Just an observation: The religions that oppose the consumption of alcohol tell you that the “wine” at the Canaan wedding was not fermented but fresh grape juice. That too is absurd, since we all know that even when refrigerated grape juice goes bad. The historical facts point to fermented grape juice as the only way to keep grape juice, so that these goodie-goodie two-shoes have no valid argument.

It all speaks to us about immensity, about abundance: not the kind of abundance that comes from careful gathering and accounting (the people had come with no food); still less the kind that comes from defrauding one’s neighbours; but the abundance of God's providence. ‘Lifting up his eyes, he saw the crowd...’ (v 5). It seems he wants us too to lift up our eyes, and not to live our lives by addition and subtraction when he is able to multiply goodness towards us.

Contrasted with the immensity of everything in that scene is the poverty of resources: five barley loaves and two fish to feed thousands of people. Why this sharp contrast?”

Attributing this “miracle” to Jesus is one more fallacy the fairy tale-filled Scriptures want to convince us that Jesus was “The Prophet”  

"This is indeed the prophet who is to come into the world.’ When Jesus realised that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, he withdrew again to the mountain by himself.

Those who witnessed these miracles were convinced that there was no limit to God's power to deliver. In Christ, the words of the psalmist were fulfilled"
 
I do think that the Christian religions are missing the point completely, they are placing the importance of the “miracle” and the improbable and impossible task of turning five barley loaves and two fish into a bonanza that would feed a multitude. The message is really about the contrast of lack of resources, poverty and that poverty can break people’s spirit, that is why it is so urgent to fight against it. But equally, or more so, riches can destroy the human spirit, muffling it against reality and against God.

It is relevant to us today because we are facing a situation of extreme abundance of the very few and misery and poverty for the majority of us. We have ample evidence that extreme riches have already destroyed these selfish rich people. And the situation only promises to get worse for the “multitudes” of of us left in poverty.

Please don't tell me you don't fucking see it...you have the Walton family paying their employees starvation wages, you have the Koch brothers destroying the environment and buying the government thus destroying democracy, you also have a Republican Party hell-bent on redistributing the wealth with more riches going to the wealthy while their whole preoccupation is to repeal Obamacare.
 
But that's OK, according to religion...because "the meek shall inherit the earth" - that is another empty promise religion dishes out in the hopes that we don't rebel against the wealthy and they in turn support religion so that we shut the fuck up.



 






1 comment:

  1. Another interpretation of the "miracle" is that the people in the crowd were moved to share the meager resources they had with one another - with those in the crowd who had nothing. This would make more sense, even in terms of Jesus' teachings - he always championed the poor and admonished the rich. I surely don't think Jesus today would be a Republican, or a Christian, for that matter.

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