Jesus is now telling a parable about another asshole being an asshole

I linked to this after looking at the Awkward Moments in the Bible, where they show Jesus (although actually, the man in this parable isn’t Jesus, but rather is some anonymous parable-person), or a guy wearing a crown of thorns and dressed in a terrorist costume in front of a video camera with a sword, saying ‘Bring me my enemies and slay them in front of me!’ (with the words ‘Love thine enemy’ above it, and ‘love’ is X’d out).

This ‘awkward moment’ in the bible, as shown in this cartoon, actually is out of context – the guy who’s saying this isn’t Jesus! Jesus isn’t necessarily saying, ‘I myself feel the same way as this guy in the story.’ The opinions expressed do not necessarily represent those of the person talking.

Parts of this are what Matthew was musing over when we sat in the parking lot. This also contains something Rick D. quoted to me once. During the time when Rick was still speaking to me, he said, in an email, ‘To them that hath shall be given, and from them that hath not shall be taken away,’ as a reference to socionic dualization: people who have already experienced duality in their lives can find it again easily because they are experienced at it, but people who have never experienced it have no idea how to find it or how to respond properly when it happens. So people who already have it will get more of it, and people who don’t have it will get even less of it.

Apparently, lots and lots of people puzzle over what this could possibly mean, due to the fact that it is horribly evil, and they can’t wrap their minds around the fact that Jesus and the bible have things that are horribly evil in them. Maybe I don’t agree with capitalism anymore, and I kind of sympathize with the person who said ‘you reap what you didn’t sow.’ I also am not thrilled about the idea that people who are already wealthy and powerful shall get even more wealth and power delivered to them.

So, this is more confusing, because Jesus is on his way to get killed (larger context of this quote), and he’s talking about a greedy asshole who wants to kill the people who don’t want to be ruled over. Is Jesus saying that he himself doesn’t want to be ruled over by greedy assholes, and that’s why he’s about to be killed? Do people usually assume that Jesus is identifying with the evil guy in this parable? When I hear it taken out of context it seems like people think Jesus himself said these things.

The Parable of the Ten Minas
(Matthew 25:14-30)

11While the people were listening to this, Jesus proceeded to tell them a parable, because He was near Jerusalem and they thought the kingdom of God would appear imminently. 12So He said, “A man of noble birth went to a distant country to lay claim to his kingship and then return. 13Beforehand, he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas.a ‘Conduct business with this until I return,’ he said.

14But his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him to say, ‘We do not want this man to rule over us.’

15When he returned from procuring his kingship, he summoned the servants to whom he had given the money, to find out what each one had earned.

16The first servant came forward and said, ‘Master, your mina has produced ten more minas.’

17His master replied, ‘Well done, good servant! Because you have been faithful in a very small matter, you shall have authority over ten cities.’

18The second servant came and said, ‘Master, your mina has made five minas.’

19And to this one he said, ‘You shall have authority over five cities.’

20Then another servant came and said, ‘Master, here is your mina, which I have laid away in a piece of cloth. 21For I was afraid of you, because you are a harsh man. You withdraw what you did not deposit and reap what you did not sow.’

22His master replied, ‘You wicked servant, I will judge you by your own words. So you knew that I am a harsh man, withdrawing what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow? 23Why then did you not deposit my money in the bank, and upon my return I could have collected it with interest?’

24Then he told those standing by, ‘Take the mina from him and give it to the one who has ten minas.’

25‘Master,’ they said, ‘he already has ten!’

26‘I tell you that everyone who has will be given more; but the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. 27And these enemies of mine who were unwilling for me to rule over them, bring them here and slay them in front of me.’”

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