flwyd: (Vigelandsparken thinking head)
The Sadducees believed in total textual authority of the original Torah. The Pharisees added the history of law decisions. It would make sense to see Jesus as a rebel advocating for non-textual authority through direct experience. Insofar as the gospels quote him citing scripture, it's because he was arguing with people who insisted that the only truth was in the book.
flwyd: (farts sign - Norway)
Thinking about the small group of in-your-face Christians that distracted a lot of attention from the Backbone Campaign's Procession for the Future, I came up with a good sign to quietly hold near such loud-mouths:

Jesus Even
Loves Assholes.
Try Loving
Your Own
flwyd: (santa fe church ironwork and cross)
Don't go to church on Sunday
Don't get on my knees to pray
Don't memorize the books of the Bible
I got my own special way
Bit I know Jesus loves me
Maybe just a little bit more

I fall on my knees every Sunday
At Zerelda Lee's candy store

Well it's got to be a chocolate Jesus
Make me feel good inside
Got to be a chocolate Jesus
Keep me satisfied

Well I don't want no Anna Zabba
Don't want no Almond Joy
There ain't nothing better
Suitable for this boy
Well it's the only thing
That can pick me up
Better than a cup of gold
See only a chocolate Jesus
Can satisfy my soul

When the weather gets rough
And it's whiskey in the shade
It's best to wrap your savior
Up in cellophane
He flows like the big muddy
But that's OK
Pour him over ice cream
For a nice parfait

Well it's got to be a chocolate Jesus
Good enough for me
Got to be a chocolate Jesus
Good enough for me

Well it's got to be a chocolate Jesus
Make me feel good inside
Got to be a chocolate Jesus
Keep me satisfied

Tom Waits, "Chocolate Jesus"
Chocolate Jesus statue

A New York art gallery has decided to cancel an exhibit of a chocolate sculpture of Jesus Christ after protests by a US Catholic group.

I heard about it from The Onion.

Note particularly that he's not wearing a loin cloth.

Turn of Phrase

Sunday, January 14th, 2007 04:44 pm
flwyd: (Trevor over shoulder double face)
Homophobia makes adult Jesus cry.
flwyd: (mathnet - to cogitate and to solve)
I
- hear your prayers
- care
- am there
- will deliver
- forgive

Your state
- anonymity
- flesh and bone

Location
- all alone
- adjacent to a phone

Instructions
- lift phone headset
- take second best
- put me to the test
- confess burdens
- reach out and touch faith

Results
- delivery
- forgiveness
- belief
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