On The Subject
Of Jesus
And The Fig Tree
Jeanne Smith

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Cliff responds:

A much easier (and more natural) way to explain it is that the story is based on incidents which occurred in the autumn (i.e., during the Feast of Booths) and was transplanted by Gospel editors to take place in the springtime (Passover). This makes sense if the Gospel editors wanted to portray Jesus as the Passover Lamb. It also makes sense if they sought to avoid the (likely) notion that Jesus languished in prison for several months, and if they wanted to paint his execution as resulting from the demands of a fickle mob of Jews ("a party that got out of hand," as the late comic Lenny Bruce put it).

As for the temper tantrum, who do you know that would kill a tree for not bearing fruit when it is not in season to bear fruit?

Of what value is "faith" when it expects a tree to bear fruit out of season, especially given that the expectation of the faith did not come to pass? Does this kind of faith promote virtues such as patience, the work ethic, and trust in natural processes, humility, and thankfulness for what we have?

If we are to "ask, believe, and receive," then for what purpose are the the natural processes of biology? How is it that some should, through "faith," be able to reap where nothing was sown?

And, have you personally tested this claim ("ask, believe, and receive"), made by the Bible, on a fig tree during the springtime? Did it work? Did the fig tree bear fruit out of season?

As for demonstrating some "Power," why would a humble man of peace and understanding like myself be attracted to, or impressed by, a "Power" which seeks to destroy that which it does not like?

Cliff Walker

"I am a perfect specimen of the human species in that I am perfectly human."

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