thou shalt not bear false witness
Mel's thing - Simon the Cyrene lends a hand, but Jesus is doing the leg-work: more than a half-lie.
The occasional techical problem seems to be making it difficult, from time to time, to post to my own blog.
I’m continuing to read Testament, and have just completed the most famous and probably contested section of the new testament, apart from the resurrection maybe. That’s to say, the ‘trial’, such as it was, and the crucifixion. I’m talking about the who killed Christ hoo-ha. The bible, or Testament at least, definitely puts the responsibility onto the Jews, with Pilate clearly washing his hands of the issue. Of course, ‘the Jews’ therein named are only the crowd that happened to be hanging around at the time, and we have no way of knowing how many were there or how representative they were.
More interesting to me were these lines: As they led him away to execution they took hold of a man called Simon, from
Now nothing could be clearer than these lines, so why is Jesus shown so often carrying his own cross? It's something of a revelation to me, and it casts a very different light on the old adage that we all have our own cross to bear. Apparently not, it can be given to some other bunny, and we can just sit back, relax and wait to be crucified.
It might be that these lines are taken from one of the gospellers who is contradicted by one of the others, but it doesn’t seem likely that Testament, which is obviously the work of a full-on believer, would’ve missed the opportunity to write that Jesus carried his own cross, adding to his suffering and humiliation. It seems more likely that there was no biblical sanction for him to claim this. Anyway, I’ll soon be checking it all up in the Sceptic’s Annotated.
If, as seems likely, there's no mention of Jesus carrying his own cross in the gospels, what then is the name given to those (believers or non-believers) who lie about what's written or not written in the 'inerrant' bible to promote a particular message? Are they blasphemers or what? Whatever, tsk tsk.
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