Uncommon Sense

February 21, 2018

Running Jesus Memes

I just saw a blurb for the book “I, Judas” which was “The story of Judas Iscariot and the stunning betrayal that changed the course of history.” Why do these stupid memes keep coming up? Christians believe that their god controls every aspect of our lives. They believe “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son …” (John 3:16, emphasis mine). Clearly without the death of Jesus and his resurrection Christianity is nothing. The whole thing was set up; it was a plan! If you want to pull something like this off, you can’t leave it to chance. So, why was Judas’ “betrayal” so stunning, why is it considered a betrayal when it was all part of “the plan?”

Yet, Christians still say that “Judas betrayed Jesus,” and that “the Jews killed Jesus.” Surely there is no better examples of Christians using their religion as a cover for their own prejudices. The Bible clearly shows that their narrative is the Romans trying, convicting, and executing Jesus. But even this is hardly believable because the Bible also says that Jesus rose from the dead and his tomb was empty and he walked around for weeks and weeks and nary a Roman investigation of these clearly illegal activities. Then in the fourth century, when Rome is about to adopt Christianity as a state religion, it becomes politically inconvenient to claim “the Romans killed our god,” so who could they blame? Who was despised enough already that a little more shit thrown their way couldn’t hurt? Who had a version of Christianity competing with “the Church” of the gentiles? (Hint: it rhymes with “chews.”)

The narrative should show that Judas was Jesus’ best friend forever. None of the other disciples, pantywaists all, would have had the stones to do what was needed to be done. If Jesus hadn’t been fingered, what would the Romans do? I mean, you couldn’t expect them to have a soldier hanging out at the temple waiting for Jesus to show up, which he had done day after day. (If you want to control events, you need to control their time and place.)

Until Christians actively campaign against and punish their fellows for claiming “the Jews killed Jesus,” I must consider them anti-Semites of the first order (the Holy Order of Mel Gibson).

There is not much that can be done to correct Judas’s legacy, but some effort in that direction would be nice. Maybe an acknowledgement that Judas probably didn’t want to do it, but Jesus plead with him that the others were too incompetent to pull it off. So, Judas eventually agreed, knowing that he was incurring the wrath of the others as a betrayer (they weren’t all that bright apparently and even if Jesus explained the plan to them, they would probably forget it).

He deserves better.

12 Comments »

  1. In the Bible, three of the gospels state Judas was chomping at the bit to turn over Jesus. Only in John was there a different narrative of a reluctant or possibly possessed Judas forced to do the deed. If they want to make a big deal out of the betrayal, they need to edit their source material first.

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    Comment by Sirius Bizinus — February 21, 2018 @ 2:12 pm | Reply

    • They seem to have no problem with that.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — February 22, 2018 @ 8:29 am | Reply

  2. There’s another small problem with the “Jews killed Jesus” (assuming the story of Jesus is true): he was a Jew – his mother was a Jew, his, I guess, stepfather, Joseph, was a Jew. Jesus was circumcised, was raised a Jew, preached Torah and prayed in synagogues. All his followers were Jews, all the apostles were Jews, all the early records were made by Jews. If not for Jews, there’d be no Christianity, and all those people who were or are Christians would have been heathens burning in Hell.

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    Comment by List of X — February 21, 2018 @ 2:46 pm | Reply

    • Slight exception to your statement: If not for Jews, there’d be no Christianity, — if not for PAUL, there would be no Christianity. The Jews believed, taught, and lived by the Hebrew Bible … long before “Jesus” appeared on the scene.

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      Comment by Nan — February 21, 2018 @ 5:41 pm | Reply

      • Of that I am aware. there was a Jewish version of the Christian sect, which got wiped out by the Romans during the war of 66-70 CE. This cleared the field for Christianity, leaving all of the gentile “god fearers” to it. Still, that was 70 CE and Christianity didn’t take off until the mid-300s and later. During that interval it was limping along as a relatively minor obscure sect. If its ideas were supposed to be so powerful, why didn’t they sweep all of the “pagan” religions away? The polytheistic religions were tolerant, by Christian monotheism was not (Yahweh, Yahweh, Yahweh … or else!). So Christianity limped along until it got luck and was adopted as a state religion of Rome. It wasn’t the power of Christian ideas that swept away the other religions, it was the force of Roman arms.

        So, Paul helped create some of the pieces and helped it limp along but the immediate effects of his work didn’t exactly cause Christianity to blossom. Basically I now consider Paul not to be the prime author of Christianity, but life support. Paul’s ideas are somewhat radically different from those of “the church.” Paul preached that celibacy was the goal, while the church wanted (as it still does today) more believers (pop out babies, christen them, pop out more). Some of his more famous assertions are likely to be interpolations (like the one in Romans which tells followers to obey authorities as they are representatives of the order desired by god–I wonder who that served, hmmm?).

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        Comment by Steve Ruis — February 22, 2018 @ 8:46 am | Reply

    • Yep and all of those who tried to save him from the Romans were Jews, too. Logic apparently is not involved. These memes were chosen just to apply some protective camouflage over their prejudices.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — February 22, 2018 @ 8:31 am | Reply

  3. Absolutely, without Judas giving Jesus over to the Romans, there would be no xtian church. Ah, what a sweet idea that seems to me. (Hears John Lennon singing “Imagine” in the background of his aged brain)
    Jesus was a Jew and the holly buy-bull says so. He was supposedly from the “house of David”, as in king David, the Jewish hero guy who killed a future NBA all star venter with a sling shot.
    Judas is actually the most important follower of this Jesus guy. Oh, and his reward for being such a damn good follower, he got screwed by history. Who said good guys never finish last? Wasn’t me, and that’s a fact.

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    Comment by Walter Kronkat — February 21, 2018 @ 4:40 pm | Reply

  4. The Last Temptation of Christ (88) was good for that reason, they treated Judas as his best friend.

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    Comment by john zande — February 21, 2018 @ 6:28 pm | Reply

    • Only a BFF or a sucker would have accepted that role in this play.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — February 22, 2018 @ 8:41 am | Reply

      • Dramatic storytelling, if you want to look at it that way.

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        Comment by john zande — February 22, 2018 @ 9:36 am | Reply

        • As long as it reinforces Christian propaganda, it sells. I notice that NATGeo (the channel) and NatGeo (the magazine), and many British “news” services pander to Christians in this manner. Can you imagine the outcry if what is actually known about the Bible and its “stories” were to be told?

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — February 22, 2018 @ 9:40 am | Reply

  5. Great insights Steve. Again!

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    Comment by jim- — February 21, 2018 @ 10:45 pm | Reply


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