Answering Paul

by Elias Blum

‘Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?’ (1 Corinthians 11:14.)

No Paul, you are simply confusing your own narrow cultural prejudices for universal natural law again – just like you did with homosexuality and women speaking in public. You’d better be careful what you put in those letters, or someone twenty centuries into the future might confuse your half-baked culturally limited opinions for an immutable word of god, and use them as an excuse for being a pain in the arse. Oh, while we are at it, I know you are very proud of your ‘substitutionary atonement’ idea, and maybe at some deep psychological level it works for your, but it makes god out to be a cruel, blood-thirsty, monster. Besides, it misses the whole point of what Jesus was actually saying. Then again, you never met Jesus in real life, did you? You were not there in Galilee, to hear our great martyred rabbi preach. All you had was a weird mystical dream. And on this (with a bit of Mythraism and Hellenistic-Egyptian death cult mixed in) you base your whole religious system? You know, you are a great leader and organiser, and sometimes you do come up with a really pithy turn of phrase, but I think you’ve got the wrong end of the stick about the whole Jesus thing. Perhaps you’d better let James write the letters from now on. At least he understands that it’s not just about personal salvation, but also about social, political and economic change. At least he, like Jesus, appreciated that charity and good works (not believing in absurdities!) are the only true measure of religion.