Sunday, 30 March 2014


[Hat tip Tarryne C.]


  1. You said it.


  2. If you looked at the context you'd like him for doing what he did.


  3. very funny indeed Mr Peter C, except that jesus is a story ,
    the Christians gave up the cruelty, well maybe, and we now refuse refuse the boat people who hate us religious, turn back the boats

  4. @3:16: What, you don't think blood sacrifice should be sullied by commerce either?

  5. I agree with you in part - religious giving should never be compelled, but bI have no objection the charitable giving of any sort where people are not mislead about it. The context of the anger displayed is that the rule makers hijacked the cost of trading your money for sacricial offerings required for the temple giving. A captive market was created by the "authorities" that fleeced people - a bit like a govt can do today. Jesus, being a man of principle, dealt to it because he thought the ability of Jews to interact with God by following the Jewish rules of the time should not be hijacked by shysters - a free market approach should exist.

    Regretably some sects within the church have hung on to aspects of financial control that they should have long abandoned with the new covenant that does away with the legalism that existed before, but that doesn't lessen the value of message. Neither,in my view, does a religious position need to be held to appreciate the point he was making.


  6. "If you looked at the context you'd like him for doing what he did."

    Actually, no. Why, you ask? The money changers were there to make it easier for pilgrims to Jerusalem to change their money into coin of the realm in order for Jews to pay Temple fees required by Torah, and to make it easier for everyone (non-Jews as well) who came from all over the known world, so they could buy sacrifices (animals sold there too) to offer to G-d in the Temple: it was a major currency exchange and stock market, ie, the World Trade Center of its time. It had nothing to do with greedy bankers. It was there at the Temple to make an already arduous journey a little bit easier.

    Within days of that incident he was hunted down by Rome's special forces, and killed. In short, it was the first suicide attack by religious extremists on a world trade center.

    So, knowing what he did in context really doesn't help now, does it?


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