2/22/12

Jesus did away with the devil (aka Satan) in Mark

Time for me to put on my theological threads so idiots like Santorum 
will have to deal with the actual Biblical text
I don't have any theological threads
But I am familiar with the gospel of Mark
The earliest and most authoritative text when it comes to Satan

Jesus explains in Mark the circumstances in which Satan is at an end
It is so contrary to Santorum and the stance of the GOP that it almost seems  written to show them up
Jesus says a house divided cannot stand
When the division ends Satan is done

Jesus was in the business of defeating Satan
Whether you, wrongly, take this literally
Or, rightly, take it as truth that has to do with the psyche of humankind
The verdict is that 
long ago the excuse of blaming Satan for human fallibility was removed from the table
It was removed by Jesus
Jesus brought responsibility to the table and we have rejected it ever since

It takes an ignorant public and a woefully theologically-deprived church
to give credence to the notion of Satan today

Do I hear an Amen .... anywhere? 

THE TEXT IN MARK

[23] And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan?
[24] And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand.
[25] And if a house be divided against itself, that house cannot stand.
[26] And if Satan rise up against himself, and be divided, he cannot stand, but hath an end.

Charles Sanders Peirce - Thinking in Threes

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