Sunday, August 29, 2010

Jesus calls a woman a dog!

A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, "Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is suffering terribly from demon-possession." Jesus did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him, "Send her away, for she keeps crying out after us." He answered, "I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel." The woman came and knelt before him. "Lord, help me!" she said. He replied, "It is not right to take the children's bread and toss it to their dogs."

Christian women love to tell the world how Jesus loves women and without Jesus the world would be brutal for women.  This story in Matthew 15:22-27 Jesus calls a woman from Canan a "dog" because of her nationality.  That does not sound very loving and inclusive for a "creator" to say about his creation.  He does not acknowledge her humanity or correct her for assuming a child is "demon possessed", but ridicules her to the other disciples.  She has to agree she is a dog and humors him to heal her daughter.  Since healthcare had not evolved many mysterious illnesses were considered to be "demon possession".  Why did Jesus not use his time on earth to expand the knowledge of mankind about biology and science and germs and disease?  He played to the base and "cast out demons" wherever he went.  The church today tries the same replication of miracles on any given Sunday throughout christendom.  To be told you need to have satan "cast out" of you is a pretty alarming and very intimidating and humiliating experience.  There is never proof of "demon possession" or the exorcism,  just a lot of hoopla and going through the motions.  In Africa parents are abandoning their children and claiming those children are demon possessed.  The amount of cruelty and harm done to those children in the name of superstition, mysticism and fanaticism is horrendous.  Children as little as 3 years of age are being abandoned on the street by smug, uncaring superstitious "christian" parents.  Their religion justifies their cruelty to their own children.  The bible offers them plenty examples of callousness and false piety.

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