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December 8, 2013

Libertarian Jesus

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Posted by gerardvanderleun at December 8, 2013 4:08 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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Hmm, interesting since the scene depicted - the feeding of the multitude, related in all four Gospels - involves Jesus taking a boy's entire lunch away from him to give to the people. He didn't ask, either.

Posted by: Donald Sensing at December 8, 2013 5:50 AM

John 6:9, "Here is a boy," implies rather strongly that the boy stepped forward and volunteered his five barley loaves and catch of fish. "There is a boy" would suggest the disciples bum-rushed the kid and took his food.

But suppose they did take it by force. There were five thousand hungry people and the kid was going to just sit there with his five barley loaves making himself tuna fish sandwiches? What a little asshole.

Posted by: Morgan K Freeberg at December 8, 2013 7:12 AM

A parable is a succinct, didactic story, in prose or verse, which illustrates one or more instructive lessons or principles. A parable is a type of analogy. You can nitpick around the edges but then you fail to learn the lesson. Jesus didn't take from the rich to give to the poor. He gave of himself and encouraged others to do the same.

Posted by: GoneWithTheWind at December 8, 2013 7:28 AM

It's simple: Jesus saves, Moses invests, Muhammad plunders, and liberals tax.

Posted by: Gagdad Bob at December 8, 2013 8:23 AM

You can nitpick around the edges but then you fail to learn the lesson.

And that job God gave to liberals....

Posted by: Rob De Witt at December 8, 2013 3:03 PM

Libertarian Jesus would tell everyone they're on their own and eat their lunch on private land with a rifle.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at December 8, 2013 5:21 PM

No one ever said that the boy didn't eat too. If Jesus fed the multitude, I have to presume that the kid was included. Consider it an investment more than a contribution.

I agree with the sentiment. There's that "render unto Caesar" idea, along with that pesky 2 Thess 3:10 "if you don't work, you don't eat" notion. Charity is individual, not compulsory.

Posted by: Darkwater at December 8, 2013 10:13 PM

@donald;

I must have missed the loaves & fishes in that picture; could you point them out to me? thanks so much.

Posted by: Dave at December 9, 2013 5:11 AM

People, the story is not about food at all. It is a sacramental narrative, propletic about the Last Supper. It is Jesus being served.

Posted by: Donald Sensing at December 9, 2013 5:50 AM

Wrong, its about Jesus serving. It is a display of his divine power to provide for many out of apparently nothing.

Posted by: Christopher Taylor at December 9, 2013 6:49 AM

Dave, if you'll direct your eyes to the lower right hand corner of the image, partially hidden under the text "...not create..." and "...to do...", you will see that the boy is carrying what appears to be a plate with a couple of fish on it. Which isn't to say that Donald is correct in his first comment, either: there is absolutely no reason to think the boy whose fish and bread fed multitudes was not also fed himself, quite possibly even with some extra to bring home to his family afterward, given that there were some twelve baskets full of leftovers.

To paraphrase the Anchoress, God will not be outdone in generosity...

Posted by: Julie at December 9, 2013 9:23 AM

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