Hello my atheist brethren. I love you all so much and think you are a great group of people, although IMHO, I think some of you may be seeing only part of the picture. I am a theist who has been here before and would like to offer you the opportunity to role play with the person I think Jesus was.
So feel free to ask Jesus some questions and I'll try my best to answer as my friend and yours, JC.
I notice someone else asked you about Jesus cursing the fig tree.
I have different question about that fig tree.
Mark 11:12-14, 19-21
12 On the next day, when they had left Bethany, He became hungry. 13 Seeing at a distance a fig tree in leaf, He went to see if perhaps He would find anything on it; and when He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. 14 He said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again!” And His disciples were listening.
19 When evening came, they would go out of the city.
20 As they were passing by in the morning, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots up. 21 Being reminded, Peter *said to Him, “Rabbi, look, the fig tree which You cursed has withered.”
As you can see Jesus destroyed this fig tree.
But look what it says about fruit trees in the Hebrew Scriptures.....
19 “When you besiege a city a long time, to make war against it in order to capture it, you shall not destroy its trees by swinging an axe against them; for you may eat from them, and you shall not cut them down. For is the tree of the field a man, that it should be besieged by you? 20 Only the trees which you know are not fruit trees you shall destroy and cut down, that you may construct siegeworks against the city that is making war with you until it falls.
It seems that the God of the OT did not allow fruit trees to be destroyed.
Do you see a contradiction between Jesus' treatment of fruit trees and the God of the OT treatment of fruit trees?