Jesus and the fig tree

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[[Jesus and the fig tree]] refers to a story in the [[New Testament]] that occurs in {{bible|Matthew 21:17-22}} {{bible|Mark 11:12-14, 20-26}}.  In this story, [[Jesus]] is hungry and goes up to a fig tree to get something to eat, even though figs are out of season.  When he finds that the tree has no fruit, he becomes angry and curses the tree to death.
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The story of '''Jesus and the fig tree''' appears in the [[New Testament]] of the [[Bible]], in {{bible|Matthew 21:17-22}} and {{bible|Mark 11:12-14, 20-26}}.  In this story, [[Jesus]] is hungry and goes up to a fig tree to get something to eat, even though figs are out of season.  When he finds that the tree has no fruit, he becomes angry and [[curse]]s the tree to death.
  
 
==Counter-apologetics==
 
==Counter-apologetics==
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This is awfully strange behavior for an [[omnibenevolent]] [[god]] to indulge in.  Why blame the tree for not bearing fruit when it is not supposed to bear fruit at that time of year?
 
This is awfully strange behavior for an [[omnibenevolent]] [[god]] to indulge in.  Why blame the tree for not bearing fruit when it is not supposed to bear fruit at that time of year?
  
Some may draw a parallel between this story and [[original sin]], where God blames people for acting in ways that were seemingly designed into them.
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Some may draw a parallel between this story and that of [[original sin]], where God blames people for acting in ways that were seemingly designed into them.
  
==External links==
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==External link==
  
 
*[http://www.positiveatheism.org/crt/figtree.htm The Fig Tree Enigma] at [[Positive Atheism]]
 
*[http://www.positiveatheism.org/crt/figtree.htm The Fig Tree Enigma] at [[Positive Atheism]]

Revision as of 13:01, 18 April 2007

The story of Jesus and the fig tree appears in the New Testament of the Bible, in Matthew 21:17-22 Bible-icon.png and Mark 11:12-14, 20-26 Bible-icon.png. In this story, Jesus is hungry and goes up to a fig tree to get something to eat, even though figs are out of season. When he finds that the tree has no fruit, he becomes angry and curses the tree to death.

Counter-apologetics

This is awfully strange behavior for an omnibenevolent god to indulge in. Why blame the tree for not bearing fruit when it is not supposed to bear fruit at that time of year?

Some may draw a parallel between this story and that of original sin, where God blames people for acting in ways that were seemingly designed into them.

External link

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