Friday, January 13, 2012

Mark, Chapter 10: Divorce is adultery

The Pharisees ask Jesus about divorce. Jesus points out that Mosaic law only allows it because people are so shitty, but he thinks that since god creates marriage, divorce is adultery.

Then some people bring kids to Jesus for healing. The disciples make frowny faces, which is nonsensical because he's cured plenty of kids already, hasn't he? Jesus says that even children can become members of the church.

As they're leaving a man runs up to them to ask how he can be good. Jesus instructs him to follow the commandments. He says he already does. So Jesus tells him he has to sell all his worldly possessions and follow them. The guy doesn't like that, because he's rich, so he leaves them to found the prosperity gospel. Jesus says again that it's easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get into heaven, and bible commentators everywhere repeat 'Difficult, but not impossible!' so they don't have to give up their occasionally cushy lifestyles. He also says that if you give up your family and inheritance for him, you'll be rewarded tenfold in heaven. And again, if people really believed that, their would be a lot less talking about death taxes and a lot more charitable giving in life.

They leave and start walking towards Jerusalem, and Jesus starts prattling on about his death again. As I predicted in chapter 9, the disciples are like, 'Yeah, yeah, you'll die and go to heaven, great, but which of US will sit on your right side and who gets the left?' Jesus again refuses to settle the question, preferring to cast a devil out of a blind man sitting by the side of the road.

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