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Christ, the 'drunkard'

Vati Leaks - Thursday, December 06, 2012
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Probably the most destructive Gospel statements that overwhelm the Vatican’s public presentation of a ‘divine’ Jesus Christ are found in the Gospels of Matthew (11:19) and Luke (7:34) where Christ frankly admits that he is ‘a glutton and a drunkard’, words from his own lips and used to describe how people of the time perceived him to be. The importance of this description is highlighted by the fact that it is recorded in two separate Gospels, and it is understandable to see why these narratives create a bitter reaction when raised with the Christian priesthood. Knowing the extent of editing that the Gospels have suffered, it is remarkable that these verses were not deleted centuries ago, like the thirty-five words in the Gospel of John (John 5:4) that are no longer in that Gospel. However, there were later attempts to ‘water down’ the narratives, with some newer Bibles narrating that Christ was ‘a wine-bibber’, meaning ‘a person who drinks a great deal of wine’, while others simply say that he was ‘gluttonous and a wine drinker’.

In Greek tradition of the time, ‘glutton’ meant ‘cannibal’, and was frequently used to describe ‘the glutton Zeus’ and ‘the glutton Dionysus’, both believed in mythology to have eaten human flesh. Gluttony and drunkenness were condemned in the Old Testament book of Deuteronomy where it demands that ‘a glutton and a drunkard shall be stoned to death’ (Deut. 21: 20-21). That theology may provide a reason why there are constant Gospel references to large crowds trying to kill Christ with stones.


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