Friday, September 05, 2008

Humor in the Bible

Have a Sense of Humor.

Jesus was the Word, and as such, He could have His puns. He made many jokes. When he saw Nathaniel, he described him as “a true Israelite in which there is no guile.” That was a pun on the meaning of the name "Jacob" and “Israel.” When his disciples realized they had power through faith? to do both destructive and creative acts, they wanted to call thunder from heaven, he called them the "Thunder Boys." The jokes have a bit of truth in them, but they are nevertheless jokes. Jesus is not humorless. If the Western Text of the Bible is write about translating Jesus’ comment as, “It is easier for a rich man to enter heaven than for a camel to enter the eye of a needle,” then that is also a joke. The Bible is full of jokes. People who can't recognize a joke when they see one often turn a simple joke into a sermon. Even worse, they believe Jesus to be humorless and unapproachable.
Humor gets a bad rap sometimes. True, St Paul told believers to be serious and Solomon says it is better to be in the house of mourning than to be in the house of feasting. They are right. But a joke now and then shows that God is not some stiff-upper-lipped Englishman in the sky who has nothing better to do than to slap people for not behaving.

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