Discussion with a Maronite Priest: Part 2
In another discussion with the Maronite Priest and his crew, the following happened –
Jesus Curses a Fig Tree Mark 11: 12-14
“12 The next day as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. 13 Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. 14 Then he said to the tree, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard him say it.”
a) Jesus was hungry.
b) He saw a fig tree.
c) The tree was had no fruits because it was out of season.
d) Jesus got angry and cursed the tree
We asked why would Jesus curse a tree that was out of season ? Didn’t the (all knowing) Jesus know it was out of season ?
Our dear priest’s response, was that Jesus was teaching his disciples, Jesus pretended to be angry…, so that he may teach: whoever comes on Judgement day without fruits will be damned. Yet, to us even the tree should have provided fruits for Jesus the ‘god’. I responded and asked, what was the lesson behind Jesus cursing the tree ? … What lesson is to be understood : That God is to expect something from us that we don’t have the capability of achieving and when we don’t achieve it we are cursed ?
Is a farmer expected to be a rocket scientist and when he is unable to achieve this he is cursed ? Unfortunately we got the same response as before which lead to nowhere.
Whenever they are confronted by such definitive proofs against Jesus’ divinity, their only recourse is “That was a parable. He loved us; he wanted to teach us” and all those emotional arguments.