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The Divine Son of God, the one perfect man


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"Then there is the curious story of the fig tree, which always rather puzzled me. You remember what happened about the fig tree. "He was hungry; and seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, He came if haply He might find anything thereon; and when He came to it He found nothing but leaves, for the time of figs was not yet. And Jesus answered and said unto it: 'No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever' . . . and Peter . . . saith unto Him: 'Master, behold the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away.'" This is a very curious story, because it was not the right time of year for figs, and you really could not blame the tree. I cannot myself feel that either in the matter of wisdom or in the matter of virtue Christ stands quite as high as some other people known to history. I think I should put Buddha and Socrates above Him in those respects." {Bertrand Russell, "Why I Am Not a Christian.}

Makes sense.

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"Then there is the curious story of the fig tree, which always rather puzzled me. You remember what happened about the fig tree. "He was hungry; and seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, He came if haply He might find anything thereon; and when He came to it He found nothing but leaves, for the time of figs was not yet. And Jesus answered and said unto it: 'No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever' . . . and Peter . . . saith unto Him: 'Master, behold the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away.'" This is a very curious story, because it was not the right time of year for figs, and you really could not blame the tree. I cannot myself feel that either in the matter of wisdom or in the matter of virtue Christ stands quite as high as some other people known to history. I think I should put Buddha and Socrates above Him in those respects." {Bertrand Russell, "Why I Am Not a Christian.}

Makes sense.

You could say it's a small point, unless your claim is that Jesus was divine. Then the point isn't small at all, it's conclusive.

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No, Kearny Christian, you don't understand. You won't even consider the point. This story, from the Bible, doesn't mean Jesus was a bad man but it does mean that he was not perfect. Your own Bible shows that he wasn't. The last thing you're ever going to do is look honestly at your own religion, because:

You know it's a myth.

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Now I understand ! You're not an atheist, you worship Buddha. And you're angry because there's no statue of Buddha by town hall.

Another fantasy from one of our resident holier-than-thous.

And as usual, ignore the point. Then you don't have to think about it. That's some religion.

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