Stupid and senseless storytelling

I get the impression that New Testament scenarios are replaying on a loop. There are few new things happening to the human family and the information pipelines keep delivering packages about the extremes of life on the planet: the first this, the biggest that, the largest number of people dying tragically, the longest stretch of scorching temperatures, and the oldest stars and astronomic objects. Meanwhile the inhumane, the hypocritical, the racist, the xenophobic, the militaristic, the greedy capitalist, the selfish, the rebellious, and the corrupt continue to prey on gullible populations with stupid and senseless storytelling.

One story spans the book

What’s with all the storytelling anyway? The Lord Christ used stories – parables – because his sovereign knowledge of his contemporaries included peculiar insights. There is high value in story telling when people are locked out of the mysteries of the kingdom, and there is an ample supply of stories in the Bible if one thinks there is a need to illustrate a Messianic teaching.

And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” Jesus answered them, “To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. For whoever has, to him more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him. Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. In their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled , which says , ‘ You will keep on hearing , You will keep on seeing , but will not perceive ; For the heart of this people has become dull , With their ears they scarcely hear, And they have closed their eyes , Otherwise they would see with their eyes , Hear with their ears , And understand with their heart and return , And I would heal them .’ But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear. For truly I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.

Matthew 13:10-17, NASB

The hypocrite blind guides of New Testament times are still around. There is a Pharisee in your community; and I am not talking about Jewish persons. People pretending to be solid examples of integrity and accountability all the while the blood of their victims can be seen dripping from their mouths. In the USA, China, and the islands of the sea people are desperately creating narratives to keep people from asking diagnostic questions and from discovering the water of life.

Tell the pace setting story or shush

The superlative goodness of creation gets a mixed review. No amount of spin can alter the fact; the Genesis narrative does not end well. The journey to fulfillment of God’s will comes after thousands of years and a variety of arrangements. There is no person that we have to believe or believe in but GOD. Every faith group (religion) is currently a caricature of itself; instead of watering people’s innermost needs, they pander to age-old mistakes, deadly conflicts, and scores of idols. We have seen the evidence: that as soon as we stop looking at the Son of David we end up in the grip of stupid and senseless storytelling, following myths, fables and genealogies.