Matthew 8:33-Those tending the pigs ran off, went into the town and reported all this, including what had happened to the demonpossessed men.
(Whole Chapter: Matthew 8 In context: Matthew 8:32-34)
Reading these versus almost makes one want to blush in embarassment at the lack of basic and fundmental understanding of the causes of disease. Now for christadelphians (this being a christadelphian forum). If we take a modern christadelphian and warp him back to this point in time in mathew we blatantly see
a) Jesus putting putting on a show
b) Jesus encouraging ignorance and misinformation through playing along with
people's incorrect beliefs about disease, he in fact told these people something to the effect that "He was asked to drive them out and send them into the herd of pigs."
c) Promoting ignorance (i.e. blatantly lying) is a sin.
d) Jesus (supposedly) had access to god's power so there can be no excuses that they wouldn't be able to understand or be immediately enlightened through divine intervention.
You get yourself into logical absurdities if you go down the path that jesus "really didn't lie" because one can not reconcile the christadelphian argument that demons are not spirits but manifestations of naturally caused sickness, when you read mathew 8 and read it as it was intended when it was printed.
So how is jesus sinless if he's blatantly lying? Jesus answered his critics with "it is written" and that settles it, using his same arguments vs. what modern christadelphians believe how is it possible to still believe the bible is inspired when Jesus is promoting and basically a con artist here and leaving the people in ignorance? I wouldn't call that a redeeming quality of a world leader or a representative of an infinitely wise, inerrant being, not to mention ITS A SIN. Which clearly violates the concept that jesus led a sinless life.
Edited by mordecai, 07 April 2004 - 05:21 AM.