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Sunday series: 10/24/2010 (#109)

José de Sousa SaramagoWhere: Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church at 11am

Bible reading:

“1 And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. 2 And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? 3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. 4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. 6 When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, 7 And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing.” (John 9:1-7 KJV)

Comments then:

  1. Jesus spitting in the dirt making mud and placing it on the blind’s eyes which allowed him to see. [Regarding John 9:1-7]

Comments now:

  1. This is one of the passages I most dislike. Jesus says that a disabled person exists so the works of God should be made manifest in him (John 9:3).
  2. Does the latter mean that all the blind, the deaf, the mute, the crippled, the mentally retarded and so many other undesirables of society are on earth suffering everyday of their lives so the works of God should be made manifest in him (John 9:3)? It just seems DISGUSTING!
  3. This is the main reason many people walk away from Christianity as they see an uncaring God who’d promised happiness, the world, paradise and His Kingdom to us. Could Richard Dawkins and his friends be right after all?

    ‘It took ‘a thousand years and dozens of generations’ to write the Bible, which depicts a ‘cruel, spiteful, vengeful, jealous and unbearable God,’ said [Portuguese Nobel literature laureate José de Sousa Saramago (1947--2010)], who recommended people not to trust ‘the God depicted in the Bible.’
    http://old.richarddawkins.net/articles/4540

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One response to “Sunday series: 10/24/2010 (#109)

  1. unconventionalspirituality 05/31/2013 at 10:26:30

    You make a good point that verses like this, and the bible in whole, causes many to leave the faith. I see how many people interpret this scripture as you question. For me though, in considering that Jesus was a man trying to give meaning to the marginalized members of society, I take this scripture to mean that Jesus as a spiritual teacher was trying to give this man hope in dealing with his affliction. I think he was in effect trying to offer the man value and purpose by telling him he was chosen and important to God. In those days only the religious elite were considered to have the favor of God. And what could give the man more dignity than saying that his illness meant that he was also valuable and useful to God.
    Of course if someone believes that Jesus was God, then your questioning of this scripture is correctly highlighting that it is problematic for believing that God is just and loving if he maims people just so that he can be glorified when he heals them.

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