January 7, 2013
EVERYONE BELIEVES hE WAS GOD, NO ONE CAN ACCEPT hE WAS A MAN:
Jesus was a dirty, dirty God (Johnnie Moore, 1/05/13, CNN)
[D]espite the Christian belief that Jesus was both fully God and fully man, Jesus was a rather dirty God.He was the "earthly" son of a carpenter, and life in the first-century was both more lurid and unfinished than our collective religious memory seems to recall.To that end, I suggested recently to several astounded colleagues of mine that Jesus actually had to go to the bathroom, perhaps even on the side of the road between Capernaum and Jerusalem.CNN's Belief Blog: The faith angles behind the biggest storiesWhat tipped them over the edge was when I insinuated that Jesus, like almost every other human being living in the rural world in that time, might have even had dysentery on an occasion or two.Someone said, "You mean that Jesus might have had severe diarrhea?""Yep," I replied, "That's exactly what I mean."It seems like an obvious statement if you believe that Jesus was "fully God" and "fully man" (as most evangelicals believe and call the Incarnation), but to some of us it seems in the least, inappropriate, and at the most, sacrilege, to imagine Jesus in this way.
Which is why Piss Christ and Fire in My Belly always seemed rather unexceptionable.Posted by Orrin Judd at January 7, 2013 5:30 AM