Sunday series: 10/24/2010 (#109)
Where: Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church at 11am
“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)
- 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]
- 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).
- 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!
- 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.’