two thousand years before the heaven and the earth, seven things were created: the Torah written with black fire on white fire, and lying in the lap of God; the Divine Throne, erected in the heaven which later was over the heads of the Hayyot; Paradise on the right side of God, Hell on the left side; the Celestial Sanctuary directly in front of God, having a jewel on its altar graven with the Name of the Messiah, and a
Voice that cries aloud, “Return, ye children of men. (The Legend of the Jews, by Louis Ginzberg)
if you have believed what your bible says, you have believed a lie. Your bible is a lie. But this is not what interests us today.
If you are good Christians( for the Christians who follow this blog), as I guess you are, you have read the parable of the banquet.
I am sure however you have never seen it in this light as expressed here by the Curmudgeon (thanks Brian). He writes,
The parable of the banquet is a cynical joke at the expense of those who imagine that Jesus and His Father will reward them with anything better than slavery and degradation. Not satisfied with inviting those who cannot reward him, the rich man in the parable invites those who cannot even attend: everyone has some reason for staying away. Even when the poor, the crippled, the lame and the blind have been asked, there is still so much room to spare that the host orders his slave to force people to come.
Why should a rich man encounter such difficulties in getting people to attend his banquet? As soon as we recognise that the rich man represents the jealous, arbitrary and murderous Father, the answer becomes clear. The guests make their excuses because they know how the banquet will taste: how poisonous to the mind, how disgusting to the senses, how repulsive to the morals it will be. So awful is the menu that even the poor, the crippled, the lame and the blind have heard of its reputation and stay away in humiliating numbers. At last, like every tyrant, the spurned host is reduced to ordering people to put up with him.
I like this reading of the parable. I think it puts it in perspective and changes focus to the *real* banquet promised to believers, heaven.
What are your reactions to this reading of the parable? Do you find it persuasive? Is it flawed and how?